Dr. Rahul Sharma is the Emergency Physician-in-Chief for New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. He oversees all academic and operational activities for the Division of Emergency Medicine and for the NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Departments, which see over 130,000 total annual patient visits.
Dr. Sharma serves as the Medical Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Making Care Better Program for New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He also serves as Associate Director of the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program with the Johnson School of Management and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research. Dr. Sharma previously served as the Executive Vice Chief of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the Medical Director and Associate Chief of Service for the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Sharma received a combined MD/MBA degree in Health Management from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, where he was selected as Chief Resident. During his residency, he received several awards, including the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) National Leadership Award.
As Emergency Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Sharma has devised and led several innovative Emergency Department and Hospital initiatives, which have significantly improved patient experience, core quality measures and overall operational efficiency. He also launched the first Emergency Department based Telehealth Express Care Service in the nation at NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr Sharma was honored with the 2015 New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center Physician Champion Award, an annual award given to one physician who provides outstanding leadership and who inspires members of their team to provide excellent, compassionate, and responsible care for patients and their families.
Under Dr. Sharma’s leadership, the Division of Emergency Medicine has considerably advanced its academic and research efforts by developing clinical and translational research focused on the use of technology and innovation. In addition, the Division of Emergency Medicine has significantly increased its number of clinical trials, peer reviewed faculty publications, and overall research and educational funding.
Dr. Sharma has founded and led several educational initiatives, including the first endowed Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) Scholars Program for medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine, the first Physician Assistant Residency Program at NYP-Weill Cornell, the Emergency Medicine Inservice Board Review Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Weill Cornell Emergency Department Medical Scribe Program.
As the recipient of two national teaching awards and the founder of several innovative programs, Dr. Sharma has an established record as a medical educator. He has been awarded two national teaching awards including the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) National Excellence in Teaching Award and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Faculty Teaching Award.
Dr. Sharma has an accomplished record of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has been an invited guest speaker at several national and international programs. He serves on two American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) national committees (National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee and National Quality and Patient Safety Committee) and recently chaired the ACEP Emergency Medicine Practice Subcommittee on Triage. In addition, he serves as an Oral Boards Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and has been certified as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.