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 completed her PhD at the University of Colorado, Denver College of Nursing with research focus on clinical and financial outcomes that are sensitive to nursing. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Georgia College, School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in nursing,from the School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Pappas has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and done numerous conference presentations throughout her career focusing on the role nurses and the nursing environment play in patient safety and hospital costs. She also serves as professor for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Pappas is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International, the American Nurses Association, and 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 theAmerican 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.

Areas of Expertise

Acute And Chronic Care
Caregiver Well Being