Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H, MBA 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 University of California-Berkeley where he also directs the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) From 2002 to 2013 he served as Dean of the School of Public Health and he also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology at UC-Berkeley and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Research, UC-San Francisco.

Dr. Shortell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his Masters in Public Health from UCLA and his PhD in the Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago.

A leading health care scholar, Dr. Shortell and his colleagues have received numerous awards for their research examining the performance of integrated delivery systems; the organizational factors associated with quality and outcomes of care; the development of effective hospital-physician relationships and the factors associated with the adoption of evidence-based processes for treating patients with chronic illness. He is currently conducting research on changes in physician practices overtime; on evaluation of Accountable Care Organizations; and on ACO involvement in patient activation and engagement activities. He serves on advisory boards to a number of health care organizations and is Chair of the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare System. In 2006-2007 he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Recent Posts by Stephen Shortell

The Toyota Production System: What Does It Mean, And What Does It Mean For Health Care?

The Toyota Production System (TPS), also known as the Lean management system (Lean), is already helping health care organizations provide high-quality, low-cost care, and it promises to do far more. However, the potential benefits of TPS/Lean are endangered by a failure of many to understand it.

How Funders Can Support Emerging Accountable Care Organizations To Maximize Their Potential

Foundations and others can partner with policy makers and researchers to play a critical role in addressing the remaining challenges for ACOs and in supporting the evolution of promising ACO models.

Accountable Care Organizations Taking Hold And Improving Health Care In California

There is new evidence that California’s ACOs are growing in size and number, serving more patients, and improving quality of care.

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...