Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for Stanford Health Care. He’s also a Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the School of Medicine. Niraj’s clinical practice is focused in hospital medicine, while his academic career has been focused on studying and improving the quality and safety of care. The latter reinforces his commitment to emphasizing interprofessional teamwork, building multidisciplinary partnerships, developing healthcare leaders, and advocating for health equity.
Prior to returning to Stanford in 2020, Niraj spent 16 years at UCSF where he held several leadership roles that included directing a medical service, leading a portfolio of healthcare leadership programs, and serving as associate chair for quality & safety in the department of medicine. His final role was as UCSF Health’s inaugural Chief Quality Officer where he worked to further advance quality and equity across an expanding delivery system. Niraj is also a passionate and award-winning teacher and mentor who remains actively involved in those activities.
Niraj earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University and his medical degree from Rush University. He was a resident and chief resident at Stanford before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, during which time he earned a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley. He was later a selected fellow and graduate of the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program. Despite being in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, he remains deeply connected to his Chicago roots, particularly his beloved Cubs, Bears, and Bulls.