Faculty Profile

Dr. sharon Muret-Wagstaff

Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA

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

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





Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Muret-Wagstaff directs the Co-management of Operating Room Emergencies (CORE) Simulation Program for teams of Emory surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. Additionally, she serves as head of high fidelity simulation for the Carlos & Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT). 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 Academy Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), where she also serves on the Academy Board of Governance and the Steering Committee for the SSH 2023 Simulation Research Summit. She chairs the Surgery SIG and conducts SSH accreditation site reviews. She is co-chair of the Research and Development Committee of the American College of Surgeons' consortium of accredited simulation programs and an affiliate member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

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; Board of Governance, SSH Academy; Accreditation Program Reviewer; Steering Committee, SSH 2023 Simulation Research Summit

  • American College of Surgeons: Co-chair, 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

  • Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, American College of Surgeons, Affiliate Member, 2021-present

Clinical Interests

  • Simulation-based training, research, and innovation

  • Quality methodologies and patient safety

  • Surgical team building