Faculty Profile

Dr. sharon Muret-Wagstaff

Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA

Associate Professor of Surgery, Thalia and Michael Carlos and Alfred A. Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT), Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.712.1384

Email: sharon.muret-wagstaff@emory.edu

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2015


Dr. Muret-Wagstaff's work concentrates on the development of learning and performance systems at the individual, team, and organizational levels to promote quality of care and patient safety. She directs the Co-management of Operating Room Emergencies (CORE) Simulation Program for teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses at Emory; serves as director of the High Fidelity Simulation Program for the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT); and chairs the Simulation Teaching and Research Initiative of Atlanta. In addition to her Emory appointments, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is faculty director of the CMS Learning Systems Fellowship Program in large-scale, multi-site quality improvement designs for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

At the national level, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is associate editor of Simulation in Healthcare and serves on scientific review panels for several organizations.

In former positions, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff founded international fellowship programs for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, co-led two physician training programs that received the Academic Pediatric Association's top education program award, led the design of the simulation-based Harvard Assessment of Anesthesia Resident Performance instrument, created the faculty development program in education for Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and spearheaded design and implementation of an institutional infrastructure that enabled interdisciplinary collaboration for quality among more than 400 operating room faculty and staff.


View Dr. Muret-Wagstaff's publications in PubMed.


  • MS in Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1980

  • MPA in Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1993

  • PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1994

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare: Vice Chair, Research Committee; Chair, Research Mentorship Task Force; Accreditation Program Reviewer

  • American College of Surgeons: Research and Development Committee, Accredited Education Institutes Consortium

  • American Society for Quality: Senior Member

  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (elected)

  • Academy of Management: Health Care Management Division, Organization Development and Change Division

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Academic Pediatric Association (Residency Program, University of Minnesota, 1994; Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, 2003)

  • Judge, Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008-2010

  • Judge, Baldrige National Quality Award, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2013-present

  • Top-10 Reviewer, Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2014

Clinical Interests

  • Simulation-based training, research, and innovation

  • Quality methodologies and patient safety

  • Surgical team building