Ghazala Sharieff, MD, FACHE
Senior Vice President/CMO, Clinical Excellence and Experience
Ghazala Sharieff is corporate senior vice president/CMO, clinical excellence and experience, Scripps Health, San Diego. Dr. Sharieff was named to her current role only months before COVID-19 hit. Integral to Scripps’ COVID-19 response, she co-led command center operations and immediately provided medical leadership for Scripps’ 15,000 employees and 3,000 physicians. In addition, Dr. Sharieff worked closely with county public health officials and facilitated regular meetings with the region’s other CMOS to better manage COVID-19 as a community.
When COVID-19 is not the primary focus, as CMO Dr. Sharieff regularly engages physicians in the coordination and management of inpatient clinical care and the reduction of unnecessary variation, especially as it relates to patient experience, quality and safety. Board-certified in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Sharieff previously served as chief experience officer at Scripps, as Scripps medical director of quality and medical management, and as division director of the ED at Rady Children’s Hospital. She is a published author with two books on emergency medicine and numerous articles to her name, and she is a recognized lecturer on pediatric emergency medicine, patient experience, conflict management and team building. Her innovative approach to identifying patient concerns and her work with physicians and staff have led to significant patient experience improvements.
Dr. Sharieff earned her medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stanford University and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital. She received her physician executive Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Knoxville in Tennessee. Dr. Sharieff has served on several national committees, including as past chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee.