About CHDI

James E. Shmerling

James E. Shmerling President and CEO, Connecticut Children's

James E. Shmerling DHA, FACHE was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children’s on October 1, 2015. For over three decades, Jim has served in management roles in children’s hospitals and is nationally recognized as a leader in issues concerning children’s health and wellness.


Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, Jim spent the last eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Before that, he was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt from 2002 to 2007. Jim is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE).  He is an adjunct faculty member in the Hospital Administration programs, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jim is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.