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Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A.

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Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety & Value (10E2), Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Shereef Elnahal is the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He was initially appointed to VA as a White House Fellow in 2015, and in this capacity he founded the Diffusion of Excellence Initiative, the major initiative meeting the Under Secretarys priority of establishing consistency in clinical and administrative best practices. He has authored many publications on health care quality, operations management, and patient safety. Shereef co-developed a published methodology that doubled clinic efficiency in the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic, cutting patient wait times by half. As an operations consultant for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Pittsburgh VA hospitals, he expanded on this work to improve care access for veterans and active duty service members. He was a Fellow in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and served as Chair of the House Staff Patient Safety and Quality Council at Hopkins. Shereef served on advisory boards for two firms focused on patient education and clinical operations. He also co-founded the Baltimore chapter of The Triple Helix, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that publishes an internationally-circulated journal on science in society. His civic contributions earned him the 2015 National Quality Scholar Award from the American College of Medical Quality. Shereef received a dual-degree M.D. and M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard University. He also graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.