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Shari Ling

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Shari Ling


Dr. Shari M. Ling currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Medical Officer in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ).  She assists the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the Agency’s pursuit of better health care, healthier populations, and smarter spending. Dr. Ling’s committed focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes for patients and families through the delivery of high quality, person-centered care, across all care settings.  Her clinical focus and scientific interest is in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions, and functional limitations.


Dr. Ling represents CMS on several Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts.  She leads the Clinical Services federal workgroup for the National Alzheimer’s Project Plan, and represents CMS on the workgroups to eliminate and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and the National Strategy to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. 


Dr. Ling is a board certified Geriatrician, Rheumatologist and Internist who received her medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and received  her clinical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, and Geriatric Medicine training at Johns Hopkins University.  She served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 5 years before joining the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health at the National Institute on Aging as a Staff Clinician to study human aging and age-associated chronic diseases with attention to musculoskeletal conditions and mobility function for 8 years  Dr. Ling is also a Gerontologist who served as the Clinical Services Co-director of the Andrus Older Adult Counseling Center after receiving her training in Direct Service from the Leonard Davis School at the University of Southern California.


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