Faculty Profiles

Jyotirmay Sharma

Joe Sharma, MD

Professor and William C. McGarity Chair of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Vice Chair, Quality, Patient Safety and Care Innovation, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Director, Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Co-Lead and Surgeon Consultant, Clinical Support Team, American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP)

(Secondary Appointment) Medical Officer, Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Telephone: 404.778.3322

Email: jsharm3@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2006


Dr. Sharma specializes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, adrenal gland surgery, and pancreatic endocrine tumors. He routinely performs outpatient parathyroidectomies, outpatient thyroidectomies, and adrenalectomies using minimally invasive methods and has published various journal articles on these techniques.

Since joing the department in 2006, Dr. Sharma has been a significant driver of standardizing and advancing care, quality, and safety in the programs and services of the Department of Surgery. In 2009, he became the primary steward for the participation of Emory University Hospital (EUH) in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). In 2010, he was appointed Chief Quality Officer for the Division of General and GI Surgery, began serving as the Chief Quality Officer for the Department of Surgery in 2016, and was named Vice Chair of Quality, Patient Safety and Care Innovation for the department in 2019.

Dr. Sharma's quality and safety-based achievements include his installment and oversight of the sustained internal auditing and localized-to-systemic renovation that contributed greatly to lowering EUH's readmissions, incidence of surgical site infections, and overall mortality, eventually leading to the hospital being included in ACS NSQIP's 2018 and 2019 listings of the top 10% of meritorious member hospitals.

In addition to his Emory work, Dr. Sharma chairs the Georgia Surgical Quality Collaborative, a partnership of nine hospitals from across the state, and is directing and evaluating the member facilities' information-sharing systems and subsequent examination and comparison of clinical outcomes data for the benefit of patients and to reduce overall health care costs.


  • Inpatient: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Outpatient: The Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Class of 2000

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2000-2005

  • Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, 2005-2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow, Board of Governors, Electronic Health Record Committee

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: Fellowship Accreditation Committee

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Association of Academic Surgeons

  • American Board of Surgery: Certifying Exam Committee
  • American Medical Association

  • American Thyroid Association

  • American Society of Quality

  • Atlanta Surgical Association
  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), Surveillance Working Group for Centers of Disease Control (CDC)

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress: Co-Chair, Fellow, Resident and Student Committee; Chair, Gold Medal Committee

  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons

  • Will C. Sealy Surgical Society

  • Surgical Infection Society

Honors and Awards

  • Best Clinical Paper, Emory Research Day, April 2006

  • Best Doctors of America, 2009, 2011

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2014

  • Richard Amerson Resident Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2015

  • Top Abstract/Poster Award, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Annual Meeting, 2016

  • Best Poster, Emory Healthcare Quality Conference, "Building an integrative, high fidelity simulation program to enhance teamwork and patient safety," 2017

  • Top Featured Abstract, Spring Conference, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, "Effects of an education campaign to increase use of perioperative cephalosporins in penicillin-allergic patient," 2019

  • Best Clinical Abstract, American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference, "Instituting a total quality program for prophylactic antibiotic administration with real-time failure notification," 2019

  • Emory SOM Excellence in Patient Care Award 2020, The Emory Clinic (achieved the 99th percentile for Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores for the fiscal year)

Clinical Interests

  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

  • Adrenal gland surgery

  • Pancreatic endocrine tumors

  • Complex gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hernia repair

Research Interests

  • Evaluating the biologic function of the folate receptor on parathyroid tumors and using folate-bound nuclear ligands for localization

  • Understanding the role and influence of parathyroidectomy in management of cardiovascular disease

  • Developing prospective protocol-based thyroid cancer management guidelines and biomarkers for thyroid cancer prognosis