Paul J. Sharek

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Paul J. Sharek, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Medical Director at the Center for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Stanford Health Policy Associate

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Paul graduated from Columbia University Medical School in New York, completed residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, received a Masters of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and completed a fellowship in health services research at Stanford University.

Paul is presently a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, a pediatric hospitalist, and is the creator and Medical Director of the LPCH Center for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Paul is presently the Director of Quality Improvement for the California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative (CPQCC), is a founding and current member of the Solutions for Patient Safety Clinical Steering Committee, and is on the Strategic Planning Committee for Quality and Patient Safety for CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). In 2013, Paul was awarded the inaugural Paul V. Miles Fellow in Quality Improvement from the American Board of Pediatrics, an Award bestowed on individuals who have “dedicated themselves to quality improvement and demonstrated accomplishments leading to better healthcare for children”. Paul is presently an investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants focused on pediatric patient safety. Most recently, Paul has dedicated his research and administrative efforts to translating the tenets of high reliability organization theory into healthcare, and is partnering with human factors engineers to translate “design thinking” into the healthcare industry to accelerate patient safety and quality improvement. Paul has given a substantial number of presentations at national and international academic meetings related to quality of care and patient safety and is a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Paul has been a visiting professor on quality/patient safety at numerous children’s hospitals across the world including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, and several national children’s hospitals including, Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia University, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, St Louis Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Paul has published extensively on the topics of pediatric quality of care and patient safety, including a Nov 2007 study correlating a Rapid Response Team intervention with decreased mortality in JAMA, and a Nov 2010 study on adverse events over time in the New England Journal of Medicine, and is recognized internationally as a thought leader in the area of pediatric quality and patient safety.