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Sept. 15, 2009

Stephen Shortell named 2009 Hansen Award recipient

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has named nationally recognized health care scholar Stephen M. Shortell, (left) Ph.D., as the 2009 recipient of the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship.

"Dr. Shortell is an expert on organized health delivery systems in the United States," said Susan Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health. "We’re delighted to honor him with this award and look forward to his insights as the national debate on health care reform continues to evolve."

Shortell will present this year's Hansen Distinguished Lecture, “The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Its Role in Health Care Reform," at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. His lecture is part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Symposium, a collaborative effort of the UI Public Policy Center Forkenbrock Series and the College of Public Health’s Hansen Award Lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For those wishing to attend the full symposium, registration is required and may be completed online at

Shortell is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and professor of organizational behavior at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. He also serves as dean of the School of Public Health at UC-Berkeley.

He has conducted extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illness. Shortell currently is studying the evaluation of quality improvement initiatives and the implementation of evidence-based medicine practices in physician organizations.

Shortell has received many awards, including the distinguished Baxter-Allegiance Prize for his contributions to health services research; the Distinguished Investigator Award from Academy Health; the Gold Medal Award from the American College of HealthCare Executives; and the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the American Hospital Association. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, past editor of the journal Health Services Research, and a member of numerous boards and advisory groups.

The Hansen Award is given annually by the College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, high ethical standards and an enduring commitment to improving health care on a national and international level. The award is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City. For more information about the award, visit

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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PHOTOS: A web-quality photo of Stephen Shortell is available at