Dr. Sadaf Sohrab Steps into Role as Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Springfield Communities

April 12, 2024

You wouldn’t know it from talking with her, but Dr. Sadaf Sohrab is not a trained cardiologist. She’s a pulmonologist, but when Mercy needed a strong leader to guide the cardiology team within Mercy Springfield Communities, they turned to Dr. Sohrab. Now, Mercy is again turning to Sohrab to lead as the chief medical officer (CMO) of Mercy Springfield Communities.

Sohrab has an impressive leadership resume with Mercy and most recently served as regional chair of the cardiovascular service line for the past year. Her ability to form trust within a department outside her own medical training and guide that team to increased performance and collaboration is part of what made her an ideal candidate for CMO.

Mercy doctor's coat Dr. Sadaf Sohrab is the new chief medical officer for Mercy Springfield Communities.

“I knew right away Dr. Sohrab was an incredible leader,” said David Argueta, Mercy Southwest Missouri regional president. Along with Dr. Brad Wyrsch, Argueta asked Sohrab to lead the cardiovascular service line and was instrumental in Sohrab’s selection as CMO. “She’s a trusted leader in our physician community, and her experience working in the inpatient and outpatient setting gives her a unique understanding of the complex acute and ambulatory care needs our physicians have to meet on a daily basis.”

Sohrab, a mother of three, has held numerous leadership roles during her 15 years with Mercy. She steps into her new role as chief medical officer for Mercy Springfield Communities starting April 12 and will provide leadership and guidance to all of Mercy’s service lines and physicians. 

“A CMO has to be a strong leader and a unifier who is focused on improving the quality and safety of care delivered to our patients,” said Dr. Gregory Ledger. Ledger held the role of CMO at Mercy for nearly four years and is now returning to his practice full-time. “Dr. Sohrab has demonstrated the leadership skills needed in a CMO, and I have the utmost confidence in her ability to step into this role.”

As CMO, Sohrab is once again putting her leadership skills and clinical background to use. “I'm deeply honored to step into this role to serve the community I love,” she said. “I look forward to collaborating with providers, nurses and our hospital co-workers who inspire me daily. With healthcare evolving at a rapid pace, now is the moment to steer strategy toward impactful change.”

It's that unwavering dedication to improvement that Mercy leaders like Argueta and John Myers, the new president of Mercy Springfield Communities, are excited about. “Sohrab leads with passion and a commitment to excellence,” Myers said. “After working together and watching her excel as a leader for our cardiovascular team, I can’t wait to see how she will positively impact Mercy Springfield Communities as our new chief medical officer.”