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Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP
Dr. Rahul Sharma is the Emergency Physician-in-Chief for New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Policy and Research. 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 140,000 annual patient visits. Dr. Sharma also serves as the Medical Director of Strategic Initiatives and Making Care Better at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Sharma received a combined MD/MBA degree in Health Management from Tufts University School of Medicine and then 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. 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.
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. Dr. Sharma is a national leader in the field of telemedicine and virtual healthcare, launching the first Emergency Department based telehealth Express Care Service in the nation at NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Sharma’s accomplishments in innovation have been featured in several national media platforms and academic journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NEJM Catalyst, and JAMA. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award. Dr. Sharma also spearheaded the first telemedicine and digital healthcare elective for medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine.
During Dr. Sharma’s tenure, 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. Moreover, the Division of Emergency Medicine has more than doubled its number of clinical trials, peer reviewed faculty publications, and overall research and educational funding. Furthermore, Dr. Sharma led the launch of a comprehensive physician wellness program, which was recently featured at the National Academy of Medicine, in Washington, D.C.
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 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 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 Medicine, the Emergency Medicine Inservice Board Review Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the NYP-Weill Cornell Emergency Department Medical Scribe Program. He also serves as a strategic advisor and member of the core leadership team for the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program offered by Weill Cornell Medicine and the Johnson School of Management.
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 the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee and National Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In addition, he is 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. Dr. Sharma has extensive experience in executive leadership and currently serves as the Vice President of the NYP Medical Board Weill Cornell Medical Center Executive Committee. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School/Deloitte Consulting Physician Leadership Academy.
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.
- AETNA [HMO]
- AETNA [PPO]
- AETNA [Medicare]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Access
- Affinity Health Plan
- Amida Care
- Blue Priority Network
- Emblem Select Care
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [NYPH Employees Only]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
- Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
- Fidelis Care
- GHI [CBP]
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- UHC Compass
- United Empire
- United Health Care
- United Health Care [Medicare]
- United Health Care [Community Plan]
- VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]
- VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]
- Emergency Medicine
Clinical & Academic Positions
Associate Attending Physician
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education & Training
- M.B.A., Tufts University, 2001
- M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 2001
- B.A., Hofstra University, 1996
Honors & Awards
Co-Recipient, Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, 2017, ACEP Scientific Assembly
Aresty Scholar, Physician Leadership Academy, The Wharton School and Deloitte, 2017
Recipient, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center Patient Centered Care Physician Champion Award, 2015
Co-Recipient, New York Presbyterian Hospital Patient Centered Care Corporate Team Achievement Award-Adult Emergency Department, 2015
Co-Recipient, NYULMC Quality and Safety Day 2014 Best Poster on "Improving Sepsis Care" in category of "Improved Quality"
Co-Recipient, NYULMC Quality and Safety Day 2013 Best Poster on "Emergency Department Follow up Center" in category of "Keeping our Patients Safe"
National Faculty Teaching Award – 2010 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
National Excellence in Teaching Award – 2008 Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA)
Special Recognition Award from Weill Cornell Emergency Department Physician Assistants for outstanding service, 2009
Chief Resident, NYU/Bellevue Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
Employee Recognition Committee Team Spotlight Award, NYU Medical Center, 2004
Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) National Leadership Award, 2003
American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award, 2003
2003 EMRA Scholarship to the ACEP Leadership and Legislative Issues Conference
Obtained over $20, 000.00 in grants from the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) for educational and patient care purposes in the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department
Co-Recipient, CIR Best Practices Award for Reducing Resident Work Hours 2003 Bellevue Emergency Department
Valedictorian, Department of Biology at Hofstra University, NY
Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Biology
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Greenwald PW, Hsu H, Sharma R. Planning for Future Disasters: Telemedicine as a resource. Annals of Emergency Medicine [in press]
Nochomovitz M, Sharma, R. Is it Time for a New Medical Specialty? The Medical Virtualist. JAMA [in press]
Rosen T, Mehta-Naik N, Elman A, Mulcare MR, Clark S, Sharma R, LoFaso VM, Breckman R, Lachs MS, Needell N. Improving Quality of Care in Hospitals for Victims of Elder Mistreatment: Development of the Vulnerable Elder Protection Team. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. [In press]
Sharma, R. Laghezza M, Torres-Lavoro J, Field Report: How an Urban ED is Making Care Better. Physician Leadership Journal (PLJ) 2017; 4.6: 50-53
Sharma, R, Gordon J, Greenwald P, Hsu H, Coyne S, Deland E, Fleischut, P. Revolutionizing the Delivery of Care for ED Patients. New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst. Article Published October 5th, 2017.
Sharma, R. Fleischut P, Barchi D. Telemedicine and its transformation of Emergency Care: A case study of one of the largest US integrated healthcare delivery systems. International Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 10: 21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12245-017-0146-7
Sauer B, Torres-Lavoro J, Greenwald P, Sharma R. The Role of Patient Access in Telemedicine: It all Begins with Registration. Access Management Journal. 2017 41(3: 6-9
Willis L, Mital R, Steel P, Sharma R Discussion: Physician-Led Wellness Plan Beating Burnout. Physician Leadership Journal (PLJ). 2017; 4(5): 38-42
Ou E, Mulcare MR, Clark S, Sharma R. Implementation of Scribes in an Academic Emergency Department: The Resident Perspective. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. August 2017 9(4): 518-522
Henriques V, Greene T, Sharma R. What is causing this patient's periumbilical pain and erythema? JAAPA. 2017;30(3):49-51.
Parikh N, Morris E, Babb J, Wickstrom M, McMenamy J, Sharma R, Schwartz D, Lifshitz M, Kim D. MDCT Diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism in the Emergent Setting. Emergency Radiology; August 2015; 22(4)379-384
Sharma R, Tin J, Rodriguez D, Femia R, The Emergency Department Medical Staff Facilitator Play Key Roles. Physician Leadership Journal (PLJ); May 2015; 2(3): 52-58
Henriques V, Sharma R. Providing Emergency Care for Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices. JAAPA. May 2015; 28(5):1-5
Bhatia K, Morris C.A, Wright S.C.,Takayesu J.K, Sharma, R, Katz JT. Leadership training for residents: A novel, inter-departmental program to address this critical need. Physician Leadership Journal (PLJ) March 2015; 2(2):76-80
Mulcare, M., Sharma, R. Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. November, 2012; 26(15)12-17
Sharma R, Mulcare MR, Graetz R, Greenwald PW, Mustalish AC, Miluszusky B, Flomenbaum NE. Improving Front-End Flow in an Urban Academic Medical Center Emergency Department: The Emergency Department Discharge Facilitator Team. Journal of Urban Health. 2012 Aug 9
Sharma, R., Sperling, J, Greenwald, P, Carter, W. A Novel Comprehensive In-Training Course Can Improve Residency-Wide Scores. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 2012:4(3).
Sheikh K, Belfi, L.M.,Sharma, R., Baad, M., Sanelli, P. Evaluation of Acute Cervical Spine Imaging Based on ACR
Appropriateness Criteria. Emergency Radiology 2012 Jan; 19(1):11-7
Hentel, KD., Sharma, R., Wladyka, C., Min, RJ. Appropriate Use of CT in the Emergency Department. Emergency Medicine July, 2011; 43(7)6-13
Heath, L., Sharma, R. Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine: Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. July, 2011; 24(11)12-19
Ghory, H., Sharma, R. Pelvic fractures: Preventing Complications Emergency Medicine December 2009; 41(12)20-29
Tichter, A. Sharma, R. Blunt Scrotal Trauma: Emergency Medicine Sept 2008; 40(9): 35-37
Sharma R, Rao, RB, Chu, J. Compartment Syndrome of the Hand from Prolonged Immobilization Secondary to Drug Overdose. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2013 Apr; 44 (4):845-846
Ausmus J, Sharma, R. Diagnostic Imaging Review: A different kind of headache in a patient with migraines. JAAPA January 2012; 25(1): 63-64.
Sharma R, Yoshikawa H, Abisaab J. Chemical Burn Secondary to Propofol Extravasation. Western J Emergency Medicine 2012;13(1):121-122
Sharma R., Dill C., Gelman D. Urinary Bladder Calculi. Journal of Emergency Medicine Aug 2011;41(2):185-6
Rosh, A, Sharma, R. Orbital Emphysema after Nose Blowing. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2008; 34(3):327-9
Chan GM., Sharma, R., Price D., Hoffman RS, and Nelson LS. Phentolamine Therapy for Cocaine-Associated Acute Coronary Syndrome (CAACS). J Med Toxicol 2006; 2(3):108-111.
Sharma, R. Pancu, D Hemobilia in the Emergency Department. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2004; 26:201-203
Peer Reviewed Newsletters
Sharma, R. Schiavone, F. Career Options: Looking Beyond Residency. NY ACEP Young Physicians Newsletter; Spring 2006
Sharma, R. Basics in Health Care Costs. Bellevue Emergency Medicine Residency Newsletter, 003: 2: Issue 2:3-4
Online Journal Publications
Sharma R, Brunette D. Missing the point—eye injury. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality WebM&M [serial online]. December 2011. Available at: www.webmm.ahrq.gov/case.aspx?caseID=259
Sharma, R. Herpes Simplex Virus Infections Emedicine.com Quick Guide, 2011
Sharma, R. Herpes Simplex in Emergency Medicine. Emedicine.com April, 2011 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/783113-overview
Steel, PA, Sharma, R. Cholecystitis and Biliary Colic in Emergency Medicine. Emedicine.com March, 2011 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1950020-overview
Ghory, HZ, Sharma, R. Phimosis and Paraphimosis Emedicine.com April, 2010 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/777539-overview
Sharma, R. Caverneous Sinus Thrombosis. Emedicine.com February , 2010 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/791704-overview
Abstracts and Posters
Won CY, Clark S, Greenwald PW, Carter WA Jr, Sharma R. The Next Frontier of Emergency Medicine Residency Training: Telemedicine. Ann Emerg Med 2017; 70(4): S58.
Sharma R, Clark S, Torres-Lavoro J, Dhaded A, Hsu H, Greenwald P. Telemedicine in the Emergency Department: A Novel, Academic Approach to Optimizing Operational Metrics and Patient Experience. Ann Emerg Med 2017; 70(4): S128.
Greenwald P, Stern ME, Clark S, Hsu H, Sharma R. A Novel Emergency Department-Based Telemedicine Program: How Do Older Patients Fare? Ann Emerg Med 2017; 70(4): S129-S130.
Greenwald P, Clark S, Hsu H, Borensztein R, Dhaded A, Torres-Lavoro J, Sharma R. A Path to Telemedicine: An Academic Institution’s Implementation of a Novel Telemedicine Practice for Emergency Department Patients to Telemedicine. Ann Emerg Med 2017; 70(4): S130.
Ou E, Mulcare MR, Clark S, Sharma R. Implementation of Scribes in an Academic Emergency Department: Resident Perspective [Abstract]. Acad Emerg Med 2017. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2017 Orlando, FL.
Wu T, Dibble B, Sharma R. Cultivating Student Leadership: An Innovative Seminar in Healthcare Management. [Abstract and Poster] Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly Advances in Education Research and Innovations Forum, April, 2015 Phoenix, AZ.
Wu, T. Sharma, R, Femia, R. A Leadership Pipeline: An Innovative Fellowship for Medical Students.
Academic Emergency Medicine 2014 ; 21(5, Suppl 1): S346
Sharma, R., Sperling, J, Greenwald, P, Carter, W. A Novel Comprehensive In-Training Course Can Improve Residency-Wide Scores. [Abstract] Academic Emergency Medicine 2012 ;19(4, Suppl 1):S201-S201 #375
Sperling, J, McMahon MJ, Flomenbaum, NE, Rezvankhoo K, Sharma, R Factors Associated With Excessive Emergency Department Length of Stay for Treated and Released Patients in an Urban Academic Medical Center [Abstract] Academic Emergency Medicine 2012 ;19(4, Suppl 1):S35-S35 #58
Sharma, R., Sperling, J, Greenwald, P, Carter, W. A Novel Comprehensive In-Training Course Can Improve Residency-Wide Scores. [Abstract and Poster] Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly Advances in Education Research and Innovations Forum, April, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Sharma, R, Mulcare, M. et. al. Emergency Department Discharge Facilitator Team: A Method for Improving Front End Flow in an Academic Urban Medical Center. [Abstract] Annals of Emergency Medicine 2011 OCT;58(4):S297-S297 #354
Sharma, R., Rao, R., Chu, J. Compartment Syndrome of The Hand. [Poster] American Academy of Emergency Medicine in India (AAEMI) International Conference. Mumbai, India. November, 2003
Amores, E. Sharma, R. Acute Emergencies of Systemic Disease and How They Present in the Lower Extremity: In Systemic Disease Manifestations in the Foot, Ankle and Lower Extremity. 1st Edition: Chap 19 In Press 2017
Sharma, R., Brunett, D. Ophthalmology: In Marx: Rosen’s Emergency Medicine.8th Edition. 2013: Chap 71
Bhatia, K., Sharma R. Eye Emergencies: In Adams: Emergency Medicine. 2nd Edition. Elsevier 2013: Chap 26
Sharma, R., Brunett, D. Ophthalmology: In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, Adams JG. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th Edition. Mosby (Elsevier); 2009: Chap 69
Bhatia, K. Sharma R. Eye Emergencies: In Adams: Emergency Medicine. 1st Edition. Elsevier 2008: Chap 20
Sharma, R. Managing your Finances Harkin KE, Cushman JT. The Medical Student Survival Guide 2nd edition Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association; 2007