Rahul Sharma, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
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Rahul Sharma, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: Hindi, English
Insurance: 39 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Chairman of Emergency Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine - 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


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Personal Statement

Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP

Dr. Rahul Sharma is the inaugural Chairman of the academic Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Emergency Physician-in-Chief for New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Policy and Research. He oversees all academic and operational activities for the Department 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 Chief and Medical Director of the NYP Emergency Medical Services (EMS) enterprise.

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. 




Rosen T, Stern ME, Mulcare MR, Elman A, McCarthy TJ, LoFaso VM, Bloemen EM, Clark S, Sharma R, Breckman R, Lachs MS. Emergency department provider perspectives on elder abuse and development of a novel ED-based multi-disciplinary intervention team. Emerg Med J. In press.

McHugh C, Krinsky R, Sharma R. Innovations in Emergency Nursing: Transforming Emergency Care Through a Novel Nurse-Driven Emergency Department Telehealth Express Care Service. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2018. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2018.03.001.

Mulcare M, Tanouye R, Nachum S, Goel, S, Torres-Lavoro J, Sharma R. An Innovative Approach to Filling a Gap in Medical Student Education: Healthcare Leadership and Management Scholars Program. Physician Leadership Journal (PLJ). May 2018: 32-35

Greenwald PW, Stern ME, Clark S, Sharma R. Older Adults and Technology: In Telehealth, They May Not Be Who You Think They Are. International Journal of Emergency Medicine Jan 3, 2018

Greenwald PW, Hsu H, Sharma R. Planning for Future Disasters: Telemedicine as a resource.  Annals of Emergency Medicine Mar 2018; 71(3: 435-436)

Nochomovitz M, Sharma R. Is it Time for a New Medical Specialty? The Medical Virtualist.  JAMA  2017 Nov 27 [Epub ahead of print]

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. 2018 44(3):164-171

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 5, 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 RWhat 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, 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., 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 ACRAppropriateness 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


Naik N, Greenwald P, Hsu H, Harvey K, Clark S, Sharma R, Kang Y, Connolly A. Web-side Manner”: A Simulation-Based, Telemedicine Communication Curriculum. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13424.

Manice N, Greenwald P, Hsu H, Gogia K, Hafeez B, Clark S, Sharma R. Comparison of 72-Hour Returns Between Telemedicine Evaluation and Traditional Evaluation in the Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13294.

Greenwald P, Willis L, Gogia K, Clark S, Mital R, Sharma R. Burnout: Do Emergency Department Doctors Doing Telehealth Fare Differently?. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13424.

Yao P, Greenwald P, Hsu H, Gogia K, Clark S, Sharma R. Antibiotic Prescribing Practices: Is There a Difference Between Patients Seen by Telemedicine and Those Seen In Person?. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13294.

Mulcare M, Ruiz-Esteves K, Tanouye R, Dhaded A, Greenwald P, Sharma R. Telehealth: A New Method for Specialty Consults in the Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13294.

Naik N, Harvey K, Greenwald P, Hsu H, Clark S, Sharma R, Kang Y. Preparing for the Standardized Video Interview: A Simulation-Based Session for Fourth-Year Medical Students. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018;25(S1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/acem.13294.

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 RCultivating 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

Case Reviews

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  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

Shama, R. Caverneous Sinus Thrombosis. Emedicine.com  February , 2010 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/791704-overview

Book Chapters

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


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 - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • 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)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Co-Recipient, 2018 Intelligent Healthcare Assocation (IHA) Patient Care and Health Delivery Award and 2018 IHA Grand Award, 2018 HIMMS Conference, Las Vegas, NV

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

Eagle Scout