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

Director, High Fidelity Simulation, CSAT, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Director, ExCEL Simulation Center, Emory University SOM

Founding Director, Co-Management of Operating Room Emergencies Simulation Program (CORE), Emory University SOM/Emory University Hospital

Director, Emory School of Medicine's Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL)

Telephone: 404.712.1384

Email: sharon.muret-wagstaff@emory.edu

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2015


Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is director of the ExCEL Simulation Center at Emory University School of Medicine. Additionally, as head of high fidelity simulation for the Carlos & Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT), she directs the Co-management of Operating Room Emergencies (CORE) Simulation Program for teams of Emory surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. Beyond Emory's borders, she chairs the Simulation Teaching and Research Initiative of Atlanta.

At the national level, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is associate editor of Simulation in Healthcare and serves on scientific review panels for several organizations. She is an elected Academy Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, where she also serves as chair of the Surgery SIG, chair of the Research Committee, and accreditation site reviewer; and is vice chair of the Research and Development Committee of the American College of Surgeons' consortium of accredited simulation programs.

In former positions, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff founded international fellowship programs for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, co-led two physician training programs to receive national education program awards, led 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 directed the Learning Systems Fellowship Program for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center.


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: Chair, Surgery SIG; 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

Honors and Awards

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

  • Judge, 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, 2013-2016

  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (elected), 2017

  • Outstanding Safety Intervention Award, 2017 Emory Healthcare Quality Conference, for the CORE Simulation Program

  • Academy Fellow (elected), Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2018-present

Clinical Interests

  • Simulation-based training, research, and innovation

  • Quality methodologies and patient safety

  • Surgical team building