Rekha Murthy, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs and Acting Chief Medical Officer
Rekha Murthy, MD, leads Cedars-Sinai's efforts to ensure the highest level of quality and safety in patient care. She oversees patient safety, hospital epidemiology and infection prevention, and quality measurement and reporting, and works closely with physicians and others on major initiatives to improve clinical practices. She also monitors treatment outcomes daily so action can be taken quickly to address quality and safety issues.
Before assuming her current role, Dr. Murthy served as medical director of the Department of Hospital Epidemiology for 21 years, bringing an innovative and comprehensive approach to infection prevention that made Cedars-Sinai a role model for hospitals nationwide. A leading expert in hospital epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, she has served in leadership roles on state and national committees that develop guidelines for infection prevention and control in hospitals. These entities include the Guidelines Committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the California Department of Public Health's Healthcare-Associated Infection Advisory Committee and the California Hospital Association's (CHA) Hospital Quality Institute, among others. In 2015, she was honored with the CHA's Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of patient care.
Dr. Murthy began her academic career as a member of the UCLA faculty at the Sepulveda VA and is a full professor in Clinical Medicine at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine as well as in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. She continues to conduct research and is principal investigator on a federally funded project that designates Cedars-Sinai as a regional treatment center to strengthen the nation's front-line defense against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases.
Dr. Murthy earned her medical degree at Queen's University School of Medicine in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She completed internship and residency programs in internal medicine at Queen's University School of Medicine and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She then completed clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the University of California, Los Angeles-San Fernando Valley Program. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.