Sharon Giarrizzo-Wilson

Sharon Giarrizzo-Wilson PhD, RN, CNOR, NI-BC, FAAN

Assistant Professor Specialty Director of Health Care Informatics Program
  • Academic Programs
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:303-724-8304

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Meet CU Nursing Faculty: Sharon Giarrizzo-Wilson, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR

Sharon Giarrizzo-Wilson, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR is an Assistant Professor and Specialty Director for Healthcare Informatics at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson is board-certified in nursing informatics and perioperative nursing with more than 40 years experience as a healthcare clinician with progressive leadership and project management skills. Her expertise covers patient safety, quality and process improvement, nursing terminology development and clinical informatics. She obtained her PhD in Nursing from Loyola University, Chicago with a research focused on the capture and data structure in the electronic health record (EHR) of perioperative patient transitional care communications.

Previously employed by the data analytics company Empiric Health as a clinical analyst Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson validated the output of artificial intelligence algorithms targeting the reduction in clinical variance and waste.  Her informatics experiences also includes the oversight and facilitation of the electronic specification and maintenance of clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator Stage 2 EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program and the development, integration and maintenance of the AORN Perioperative Nursing Data Sets (PNDS) terminology relational database and documentation framework.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD in Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago2020
  • BSN/MS Degree, Northeastern University, Boston, 1998
  • RN Diploma, Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY 1979
  • Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics Certificate, University of Minnesota, MN 2010
  • Nursing Informatics Board Certification (RN-BC), 2011 – Current
  • Certified Nurse, Operating Room (CNOR), 1993 – Current


  • CCI Research Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, August 2019, Identifying Transfer of Care Gaps: Electronic Health Record capture of Handoff Communications (funded, $3,331)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Foundation Scholarship – PhD 2017


  • Alliance for Nursing Informatics Policy Committee - 2022-2024
  • Multicenter Handoff Collaborative EMR Workgroup - 2021 - Current
  • ANA Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup - 2019- 2021; 2013 - 2014
  • HIMSS Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) Review Board - 2014 - Current

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