Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA


Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, 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. He is also Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Health at Berkeley, and 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 University of Notre Dame, his Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA, and his MBA and 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, Dr. Shortell and 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 was one of the architects of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) concept and is currently conducting research on their implementation and performance as well as on patient activation and engagement. 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 as Chair of the Berkeley Forum – a private-public multi-stakeholder group of California health leaders who have developed an agenda and performance targets for payment reform and integrated delivery of care for the state. He serves on many advisory boards and committees interested in improving the performance of health care systems.