Kenneth Shine, MD


1964 …2013
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Kenneth Irwin Shine is Professor of Medicine at the Dell Medical School of the University of Texas (UT) and Special Advisor 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 the two new Medical Schools, at Austin (Dell) 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 in Transformation in Medical Education, which are testing a holistic approach to college undergraduate education and medical education with options for six, seven, or eight year pathways to the MD degree. He also created a system-wide Academy of Medical Education and a system-wide Clinical Effectiveness and Patient safety program which has 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.

Dr. Shine was the first president of the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, to serve two full terms and to initiate a number of diverse projects, including a Quality Initiative which led to "To Err is Human", "Crossing the Quality Chasma" and at least ten other reports on improving quality of care in America. He organized projects in research priorities for a number of fields, Health as a part of American Foreign Policy and care at the end of life among others.

Dr. Shine received an AB degree from Harvard College and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He trained in Internal Medicine at the MGH, where he became Chief Resident. As a fellow, in collaboration with the late Peter Yurchak and others, he first described the arrhythmia, multifocal atrial tachycardia. He moved to UCLA in 1971. There he initiated a cardiovascular research program which featured metabolism during cardiac anoxia. He identified the metabolic pathways by which glutamate provided energy during anoxia, the role of magnesium in myocardial metabolism and explored the physiology of calcium in mechanical coupling. Many of his observations influenced the constitution of solutions used by cardiac surgeons to preserve myocardium at surgery. He also had a very active cardiology practice in Los Angeles.

At UCLA Dr. Shine built the Cardiology division and rose to Chair, Dean and Provost for Health Sciences. As Dean he supported one of the earliest Doctoring courses for students, beginning in their freshman year. He facilitated construction of new research facilities, the Howard Hughes Institute presence on the campus and medical student programs in history and the humanities as well as in health science research.

Dr. Shine has served on many national committees and is currently a member of the Council on Graduate Education (COGME). He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and was President of the National American Heart Association in 1985-86. He served on and chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee to the MGH and was a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the Harvard Medical School and of the Medical School Alumni Council. He currently teaches a seminar to Junior honors undergraduate students at UT Austin entitled "Plagues, History Literature and Ethics"�. Dr. Shine lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Carolyn. He has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren. He enjoys reading history and fishing of all kinds.

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Research Output 1964 2013

2 Citations (Scopus)
university system
School Health Services
health science
Health Education

Patient safety strategies: A call for physician leadership

Shine, K., Mar 5 2013, In : Annals of internal medicine. 158, 5 PART 1, p. 353-354 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Safety Management
Physician's Role
Patient Safety
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Patient Safety
Quality Improvement
38 Citations (Scopus)

Ensuring quality cancer care: A follow-up review of the Institute of Medicine's 10 recommendations for improving the quality of cancer care in America

Spinks, T., Albright, H. W., Feeley, T. W., Walters, R., Burke, T. W., Aloia, T., Bruera, E., Buzdar, A., Foxhall, L., Hui, D., Summers, B., Rodriguez, A., Dubois, R. & Shine, K., May 15 2012, In : Cancer. 118, 10, p. 2571-2582 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Quality of Health Care
State Medicine
Delivery of Health Care


Shine, K., Jan 1 2012, Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population. Springer US, p. xi-xiv

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript