Becker's Healthcare recently released its "100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know in 2018" list, which included several Indian American and South Asian American medical heads from across the country.

The list features national chief medical officers who are leaders dedicated to strengthening their organizations through physician leadership development, patient safety initiatives and quality improvement, according to Becker's.

"The physicians featured on this list are proven leaders in the field with extensive clinical and team building experience. Many have held executive leadership positions at multiple hospitals and health systems, overseeing efforts to expand health IT, improve the patient experience and build an overall positive culture for their organizations," the news release said.

Among the CMOs named to the list are Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed, Harneet Bath, Sunny Bhatia, Paryus Patel, Adhi Sharma and Gulshan Sharma.

Ahmed is the vice president of medical affairs and CMO of Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Md. As CMO of Howard County General Hospital, Ahmed provides administrative oversight and service support for 1,900 full-time and part-time employees, including 950 physicians. He is also responsible for integrating Howard County General Hospital's service and quality care standards with those of its parent organization, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. Before joining HCGH, Ahmed served as COO and CMO of Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health's Eastern Region.

Bath is vice president and CMO of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. Bath assumed the vice president and CMO position at the 250-plus bed OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in 2014. He previously served as the regional medical director for Valley Emergency Physicians, an affiliate of Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif., where he was also medical director of the hospitalist program. He also has experience creating four residency programs at Emanuel. In his current role, Bath oversees a medical staff of 491 clinicians.

Bhatia serves as the CMO of Prime Healthcare Division I in Ontario, Calif. As CMO of Prime Healthcare Division I, Bhatia is responsible for the clinical affairs at the health system's 17 hospitals in California and Nevada. He also serves as CMO of 99-bed Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Hospital and 150-bed Encino (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center, two of Prime Healthcare's acute care community hospitals. He is board certified in four specialties: internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and interventional cardiology. Along with his leadership roles, Bhatia is involved in several charitable organizations, such as the Uganda HeartProject, which provides cardiac care to children with congenital heart disease.

Patel is the CMO of Prime Healthcare Division II, also in Ontario, Calif. In the Prime Healthcare's Division II role, Patel covers the health system's hospitals east of Nevada.

Adhi Sharma is the senior vice president of medical affairs and CMO of South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. Sharma is responsible for South Nassau Communities Hospital's medical affairs office and serves as the administrative liaison to the hospital's medical staff. As senior vice president of medical affairs and CMO of the hospital, Sharma works with physician leaders and administrators on advancing programs and initiatives for quality care. He has previous experience as vice president and COO of Progressive Emergency Physicians and chair of the department of emergency medicine at West Islip, N.Y.-based Good Samaritan Hospital and Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Victory Memorial Hospital.

Gulshan Sharma is vice president, CMO and clinical innovation officer of University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As part of the University of Texas System, UTMB Health has hospitals on three campuses and a network of clinics. Sharma also holds the position of director of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine and is the Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine at UTMB Health.

The Becker's editorial team accepted nominations for this list and selected CMOs and other equivalent titles through an editorial review process.

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