December 2020 Newsletter - Member Spotlight

Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Sr. VP, Chief Information Officer, Seattle's Children's Hospital, A Fearless Leader

By Artina Mitchell, Communications Chair

Welcome to the end of 2020 HIMSS WA! In this month’s member spotlight edition, I would like to introduce to you Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Sr. VP and Chief Information Officer of Seattle's Children's Hospital. If asked, those who know and have worked with Zafar may tell you that he is considered to be a HIT thought leader, an advocate of community involvement and someone who has a knack for helping people expand their thoughts beyond the obvious while keeping them from getting lost in the idea of “just IT”.

It was in March of 2018 when we reached out to Zafar and asked him if he would be willing to share his perspective and time as an advisor for our Chapter. We are happy to report he agreed and since then has been a very important member and contributor to the format and content for our events. We are thankful for his thought-provoking ideas, valuable feedback, and true desire to help others in this field. As a result, his contribution to the development and planning for our Emerging Leaders events, participation as an event panelist, connection to technology ideas for Summit events and membership on the CXO Committee have been instrumental to our chapter's ability to serve this community.

As to be expected, there is more than one side of Zafar to know. In his day to day activities he does find time to reflect and recently learned that the emotional wellbeing of a person is paramount in times of crisis. Which may be why he chooses to share his own experiences and everyday struggles with his team on a regular basis. He may argue this point, but his commitment put his own good and bad experiences out in the open for others to see (even when it is uncomfortable) is a true behavior of a “fearless leader”. Authenticity and vulnerability can bring people together and ground them in the understanding that we are all in this life and situation together, no matter who we are, where we’ve been and where we might end up. But before we get too deep, let us share a lighter side! We found that he has dreams and aspirations of one day meeting Darth Vader to “know more of the dark side” and that he would name the autobiography of his life “Juggling Eggs”. Ha! Just think what Darth Vader would look like juggling eggs! That is a funny visual.

When asked why he chose to get involved with the HIMSS WA Chapter, Zafar responded with “It’s important for all healthcare IT leaders to provide and support education and learning for our upcoming stars and volunteering keeps me on my toes, forces me to think and re-think what I do and helps me keep up to date as to what others are doing, so it’s very educational.”

If you are thinking about volunteering for the HIMSS WA Chapter, Zafar would like to share this message with you: “It’s a great way to network, learn and promote what your organization has achieved which helps build employee morale. We have much more work to do to keep our employees engaged and networked. We need more collaboration.”

Zafar, your ability to empower the people who surround you to see what is possible and your dedication to foster a healthy collaborative community is what true leaders are made of. We are very honored to have you as a part of our community. Thank you for your authenticity, your humanity, and your leadership.