Dean Emeritus Stephen Shortell named to Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is very pleased to announce that Stephen Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean Emeritus and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Emeritus, has been named to Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame for his visionary leadership, relentless dedication to timely and relevant research, and extraordinary contributions to the healthcare field.

Shortell’s research examines the formation and performance of integrated healthcare delivery systems and organizational factors  affecting the quality and outcomes of care

“We need a better care plan that creates prepaid, up-front population health budgets to keep people well, to redesign care, to eliminate waste, and provide a predictable revenue stream for our provider organizations,” said Shortell in his remarks at the virtual Hall of Fame ceremony. “We need to move rapidly away from fee-for -service. If we can do that, I think we can develop a more equitable, accessible, higher quality, lower cost healthcare system.”

“Individually and collectively, we can do better to deliver healthcare here in the United States,” Shortell concluded.

As one of the nation’s most prominent health policy researchers, Modern Healthcare noted that Shortell “has influenced the industry on a number of fronts—from understanding how financial incentives can be used to drive improvements in quality of care to assessing how policy decisions impact care delivery at a local level.”

“Not satisfied with academic publications alone, he has helped shape state and national policy through participation in various advisory capacities. His work and his knack for communicating his findings helped him effectively inform portions of the Affordable Care Act, most notably the accountable care concept,” Modern Healthcare wrote in a blog post. “He has worked closely with health systems leaders for decades, ensuring that his research responded directly to their questions, and at times anticipating what questions would need answers in the future. Dr. Shortell’s understanding of what makes healthcare organizations and healthcare leaders ‘tick’ is unmatched as policy makers and health systems leaders are continuously challenged to drive the implementation of evidence-based policies and practices.”

Shortell is the founding of Berkeley Public Health’s Center for Healthcare Organization and Innovation Research (CHOIR) and the Center for Lean Engagement Research (CLEAR), is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, and the author or co-author of ten books. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received many awards for his work, including the distinguished Graham Prize for innovative contributions to health services research, the Distinguished Investigator Award from Academy Health, and the AHA/HRET TRUST Leadership Award.

Shortell received his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago and his MPH in hospital administration from UCLA.

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