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Stephen Shortell

Senior Fellow

Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H, M.B.A., 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. He is also dean emeritus of the School of Public Health at Berkeley and Director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research, or CHOIR. He holds additional appointments in the Department of Sociology at UC-Berkeley and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Research, UC-San Francisco.

Shortell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his master’s degree in public health from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago. During 2006-07, he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

A leading health care scholar, 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, and the development of effective hospital-physician relationships. He is the originator of the National Survey of Physician Organizations, which has been used over the past decade and more to document the extent to which physician practices have adopted and implemented evidence-based care management processes for patients with chronic illness. He is currently conducting research on physician practice adoption of innovations in care, evaluating the emerging performance of Accountable Care Organizations, and assessing the extent to which Accountable Care Organizations are actively engaging patients in their care.

He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, past president of Academy Health, and past editor of Health Services Research. He serves on many advisory boards and committees interested in improving the performance of health care systems.