Shari M. Ling, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Acting Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services | Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Opportunities and Challenges of Caring for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment & Dementia amidst an Evolving Healthcare System
Saturday, November 16
: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dr. Shari M. Ling currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), She assists the CMS Chief
Medical Officer in the Agency’s pursuit of CMS mission of Putting Patients First.
This mission is achieved through the following goals:
-Empower patients and doctors to make decisions
about their health care
-Usher in a new era of state flexibility and local leadership
-Support innovative approaches to improve quality, accessibility, and affordability
-Improve the CMS customer experience
Dr. Ling’s committed focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes for beneficiaries and families through the delivery of high quality, person-centered care,
across all care settings. Her leadership as the Acting Director for the Office of Clinician Engagement from December 2016 to March, 2018 and continued support of the CMS
Patients over Paperwork is part of this. Dr. Ling contributes her clinical expertise as a Geriatrician and Rheumatologist, and her program expertise as the DCMO, to the developmentand the implementation of the CMS Roadmap to address the opioid crisis.
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), the National Strategy to Combat Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria
(PACCARB), and also contributed to he Cancer Moonshot Initiative under the previous administration.
Dr. Ling earned a Master’s in Gerontology in Direct Service at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, an MD degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine,
completed a rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital followed by a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She
continues her clinical work through the VA Loch Raven outpatient clinic as a volunteer dementia care provider, and has retained her appointment as part-time faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical focus and scientific interest is in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions, and functional limitations.