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Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare

Sharon H. Pappas, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN is the Chief Nurse Executive for Emory Healthcare. She is a member of Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health Science Center’s senior leadership teams and is responsible for nursing practice across Emory’s hospitals, ambulatory care, and post-acute agencies. With four Emory Healthcare hospitals designated as Magnet®, she works to establish this same nursing excellence as a distinctive competency throughout Emory Healthcare.

Dr. Pappas has focused her scholarship on the role nurses and the nursing environment play in patient safety and hospital costs. She is a faculty member for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership where she served as a Board member and currently represents AONL on the Commission on Magnet® for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Sharon is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing where she is past chair of the Expert Panel on Building Health System Excellence. Dr. Pappas served on the National Academy of Science, Engineering, & Medicine Committee on Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-being.

Sharon is married to Greg Pappas and has two daughters, Kristen and Ruth.