Shawn Sheffield, MBA, MHSA
Chief Strategy Officer
Keck Medicine of USC
Shawn Sheffield, MBA, MHSA, serves as chief strategy officer for Keck Medicine of USC and is responsible for the health system’s clinical strategies and expansion efforts. Sheffield leads external clinical growth, strategic and service line planning, health system marketing and communications, business development and health care mergers and acquisitions, including partnerships, capital and venture planning, clinical integration and physician alignment strategies.
During her tenure at USC, Sheffield has developed a scaled regional network (of tertiary and quaternary care and transfer center volume) through affiliation, partnership and acquisition. The system has expanded to include three hospitals (Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital) and a faculty practice plan with more than 1,200 employed physicians. In less than 10 years, annual system revenue has more than tripled, to $2.3 billion in 2021. Keck Medicine named to U.S. News & World Report’s top honor roll hospitals — ranked #18 in the nation with 11 top-ranked specialty programs.
Prior to joining USC in 2012, Sheffield served as chief strategy and business officer and assistant vice-chancellor of resource, strategy and planning for University of California, San Diego, (UC) Health Sciences. Sheffield joined UC San Diego Health Sciences in 2006 as the vice chair for administration in the Department of Pediatrics. Previously, she held academic leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University.
In 2019, Sheffield was named Woman of the Year by the Women in Health Administration (WHA) of Southern California. She served as chair of Los Angeles Go Red for Women in 2019-2020 and currently serves as the co-chair of the Chief Strategy Officers Network for the Vizient University Health System Consortium. In 2020, she was also named as Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Women Leaders in Health Care.
She received both her Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Science Administration degrees from Arizona State University.