Shawn Sheffield

Chief Strategy Officer
Keck Medicine of USC

Shawn Sheffield serves as chief strategy officer for USC’s Health System, Keck Medicine, and is responsible for the health system’s clinical strategies and expansion efforts. Ms. Sheffield leads external clinical growth, strategic and service line planning, health system marketing and communications, business development and healthcare mergers and acquisitions, including partnerships, capital and venture planning, clinical integration and physician alignment strategies. During her tenure at USC, Ms. 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 four hospitals (Keck Hospital, Norris Cancer Hospital, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Arcadia Hospital) and a faculty practice plan with more than 1,800 employed physicians. Prior to joining USC in 2012, Ms. 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. She led the academic health system during a period of major growth and expansion, including development of a foundation model that integrated UC San Diego pediatric faculty with the largest pediatric private practice subspecialty group in San Diego. Previously, she held academic leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and Johns Hopkins University. In 2019, Ms. Sheffield was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women in Health Administration of Southern California. She served as chair of Los Angeles Go Red for Women in 2019 to 2020 and served as co-chair of the Chief Strategy Officers Network for the Vizient University Health System Consortium. She currently serves as executive sponsor for the Women Employee Resource Group at Keck Medicine of USC. In 2020, she was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Top Women Leaders in Health Care,” and in 2021 she was named Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Hospital Executive of the Year.” She currently serves as a board member for the Partners in Care Foundation and as a strategic adviser for Regard Technologies (formerly Health Tensor). Ms. Sheffield received both her Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Science Administration degrees from Arizona State University.


Tuesday, March 21
4:30–5:30 p.m.
73H - Pivotal Moments and Crucial Decisions: How an Academic Health System and Community Hospital Paved the Way for a Successful Merger