Shereef Elnahal is an American physician who has served in various health care leadership capacities in both the public and private sectors. He was the 21st Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health in the State of New Jersey, as a Cabinet official under Governor Phil Murphy. He now serves as the President and CEO of University Hospital in Newark, NJ the principal academic hospital of Rutgers NJ Medical School.

Previously, Elnahal was appointed to the White House Fellows program by President Barack Obama in 2015. In this capacity, he served in the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where he co-founded the Veterans Affairs Innovation Ecosystem, a network of innovators and implementation professionals across the United States who develop and scale best practices that have improved health care quality, women’s health, mental health and substance treatment, and other areas, the results of which have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

He also served as the Chief Quality and Patient Safety officer of the Veterans Health Administration, the largest health system in the United States.