Stephen Shortell
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Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Organization Behavior at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. He is also the Dean of the School of Public Health at Berkeley. Dr. Shortell also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology at UC-Berkeley and at the Institute for Health Policy Research, UC-San Francisco.

Dr. Shortell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his masters degree in public health from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in the behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago.

A leading health care scholar, Dr. Shortell has done extensive research identifying the organizational and managerial correlates of quality of care and of high performing health care organizations. Dr. Shortell has been the recipient of many awards including the distinguished Baxter-Allegiance Prize for his contributions to health services research, the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for his contributions to the health care field, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Association for Health Services Research. He and his colleagues have also received the George R. Terry Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, the James R. Hamilton Book of the Year Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, and several article of the year awards from the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Institute for Health Care Management. His most recent book (with colleagues) is entitled Remaking Health Care in America: The Evolution of Organized Delivery Systems. During 2006-07 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is past editor of Health Services Research. He serves on many boards and advisory groups.

He is currently conducting research on the evaluation of quality improvement initiatives and on the implementation of evidence-based medicine practices in physician organizations.

Recent Posts by Stephen Shortell

Safety Net Challenges In Delivering Accountable Care

Editor's note: In addition to Stephen Shortell (photo and linked bio above), this post is coauthored by Sarah Weinberger, a graduate student at UC Berkeley; Matt Chayt, an associate at Nossaman LLP; and Ann Marie Marciarille, a visiting assistant professor at the University of California...

The ACO Race Is On: Navigating The Terrain

Editor’s note: See additional posts on the Medicare Shared Savings Program Final Rule  and related delivery system and payment reform initiatives by Debra Ness and William Kramer, Douglas Hastings, Mark McClellan and Elliott Fisher, and Don Berwick and Richard Gilfillan. On October 20, the...