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Kenneth Shine, M.D.


Harvard Medical School


Ken Shine is a courtesy professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and special adviser on the new medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He recently completed a ten year term as executive vice chancellor for health affairs at UT with responsibility for the six health campuses of the university. In this capacity he led efforts to create two new medical schools — Dell Med and UTRGV — with the opportunity to stimulate new curricula in competency based learning, interprofessional education, flipped classrooms, new technologies for learning and sophisticated simulation experiences including a state-of-the-art “smart hospital.”

Shine initiated four pilot projects as part of UT System’s “Transformation in Medical Education initiative” that test a holistic approach to college undergraduate education and medical education with options for six, seven or eight year pathways to a medical degree. He also created a systemwide Academy of Medical Education and a systemwide Clinical Effectiveness and Patient safety program that have impacted all of the system’s hospitals as well as medical student and resident education. Shine stimulated the creation of medical homes and bundling of care across the UT System.

Shine was president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), from 1992-2002. Under His leadership, the IOM played an important and visible role in addressing key issues in medicine and health care. IOM reports on quality of care and patient safety, heightened national awareness of these issues.

Awards & Honors
  • Recipient-Fratis L. Duff, M.D. Memorial Award
    Texas Health Institute, 2014
  • Founder's Award
    American College of Medical Quality, 2012
  • John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement
    The National Quality Forum, 2012
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters in Medicine
    Baylor College of Medicine, 2003
  • Special Recognition Award
    Association of American Medical Colleges, 2002