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Adam L. Sharp, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adam L. Sharp specializes in Emergency Medicine and is a research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation. He aims to improve the effectiveness and affordability of healthcare by embedding research methods and rigor into care improvement efforts. His work has improved antibiotic stewardship, emergent care of ischemic stroke, appropriate use of diagnostic Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, the acute evaluation of chest pain, and understanding of social needs interventions within the healthcare delivery system.

Education and Training

  • BA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • Chief Resident, Indiana University Emergency Medicine Department
  • MSc, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Selected Prior Positions
2003-2007 Eye Bank Technician
Utah Lions Eye Bank at the Moran Eye Center
2008-2009 EMS Medical Director
Putnam County
2008-2010 Fast Track Physician
Methodist Hospital Emergency Medicine Trauma Center
2010-2011 Assistant Professor
Indiana University Department of Emergency Medicine, Methodist Hospital
2011-2013 Clinical Lecturer
University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine
2013-present Research Scientist
Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Research and Evaluation
2013-present Clinical Faculty
Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Los Angeles Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine
2017-present Reviewer
Annals of Emergency Medicine


Selected Honors and Awards
2005-2006 Class President
University of Utah School of Medicine
2009 Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
2010 Distinguished Scholar in Advocacy
Indiana University Emergency Medicine Department
2010 Indiana University Emergency Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year Award
Indiana University
2011 Nominee, Outstanding Teaching Faculty of the Year Award
Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Transitional Residency Program

Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Sharp AL, Wu YL, Shen E, Redberg R, Lee MS, Ferencik M, Natsui S, Zheng C, Kawatkar A, Gould MK, Sun BC. The HEART score for suspected acute coronary syndrome in U.S. emergency departments. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Oct 9;72(15):1875-1877
  • Sharp AL, Shen E, Wu YL, Wong A, Menchine M, Kanter MH, Gould MK. Satisfaction With Care After Reducing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Am J Manag Care 2018;24(6):e196-e199.
  • Sharp AL, Broder B, Sun BC. Improving Emergency Department Care for Low-Risk Chest Pain. NEJM Catalyst 2018 April 18. (Featured in U.S News and World Report)
  • De Leon E, Rippberger E, Duan L, Sharp AL. Impact of Standardizing Management of Atrial Fibrillation with Rapid Heart Rate in the Emergency Department. Perm J 2018;22:17-049.
  • Sharp AL, Huang BZ, Tang T, Shen E, Melnick ER, Venkatesh AK, Kanter MH, Gould MK. Implementation of the Canadian CT Head Rule and Its Association With Use of Computed Tomography Among Patients with Head Injury. Ann Emerg Med 2018;71(1):54-63:e52.