Dr. Paul Sharek is the Director of Quality Improvement at CPQCC, a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, a pediatric hospitalist, Medical Director of the LPCH Center for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
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 the University of California, Berkeley and completed a fellowship in health services research at Stanford University. Paul’s experience with national quality improvement work began as a fellow when he participated as the LPCH site director in the VON NIC/Q2000 collaborative. Soon after, he was appointed co-medical director of the national 14-site children’s hospital quality improvement collaborative out of Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). This collaborative focused on collectively creating and implementing pediatric quality and patient safety initiatives, and Paul helped lead the expansion of this collaborative to the 43-site CHCA Quality and Safety Leaders forum. 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. 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 in New York, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, St Louis Children’s Hospital, and Kapiolani Children’s Hospital in Honolulu. Paul has published extensively on the topics of pediatric quality of care and patient safety, including 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. In June 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”