Pablo Velez, PhD, RN
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"The Sharp Experience means providing the best possible care for our patients and their family members."

-Pablo Velez, PhD, RN

Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center



Pablo Velez, PhD, RN, is the chief executive officer and senior vice president of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, a 343-bed acute-care facility and leading provider of health care services in San Diego's South Bay. As CEO, Dr. Velez is dedicated to assuring the highest quality of patient care and professional services, optimal utilization of the facility, development of successful physician relationships and the achievement of established financial objectives of the hospital.

A member of the Sharp Chula Vista team since 1996, Dr. Velez has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, including director of critical care services and vice president of patient care services, and has been responsible for the leadership and operations of the intensive care, post-anesthesia care and intermediate care units.  He is currently overseeing the construction of the new $244 million hospital tower, slated to open at the end of this year.

Dr. Velez began his health care career nearly 25 years ago as a nurse manager at the Boston VA Medical Center and served at several hospitals in progressive leadership positions in the Boston area before moving to San Diego. He earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Puerto Rico, and holds a dual master's degree in critical care and nursing administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a doctorate degree in nursing philosophy from the University of San Diego.

Dr. Velez served as the president of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce in 2017, and received the Chamber's 2014 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year and 2013 Visionary Leader of the Year awards.  He was elected as an at-large delegate and member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 9 and will complete his term in December 2020.