Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H, MBA is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, and Professor of the Graduate School at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at University of California-Berkeley where he is the Founding Director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) and Co-Director of the Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR) in healthcare.  

The author or co-author of over 350 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books, Dr. Shortell and his colleagues have received numerous awards for their research including the Baxter/Allegiance Prize for Innovative Contributions to Health Services Research, the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) the Distinguished Scholar Award from Academy Health and the AHA/HRET TRUST Visionary Leadership Award among others. His research examines the formation and performance of integrated delivery systems; the organizational factors associated with quality and outcomes of care; and the factors that influence the adoption of evidence-based processes for treating patients with chronic illness.  He is currently conducting research on patient engagement, the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and on Lean management applications in healthcare. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves as an adviser to many organizations committed to improving health and healthcare in the United States.