On November 24, 2003, Kenneth I. Shine, MD, joined The University of Texas System as Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. In that capacity he is responsible for the six UT System health institutions and their aggregate operating budget of almost $8.4 billion.
Kenneth I. Shine, MD, was President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), from 1992-2002. Under Dr. Shine's leadership, the IOM played an important and visible role in addressing key issues in medicine and healthcare. IOM reports on quality of care and patient safety, heightened national awareness of these issues. IOM researchers led studies on nutrition, food safety, child development; and examined availability and side effects of vaccines.
Dr. Shine also focused attention on meeting the healthcare needs of all Americans: he organized symposia to underscore the importance of cultural sensitivity in healthcare and supported programs to increase immunization rates, decrease use of tobacco among adolescents, and improve care of the dying. He emphasized communication of scientific findings and recommendations. Under his guidance, IOM staff developed CDs, videotapes, guidelines for community-based research, and publications for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public.
Dr. Shine was the founding Director of the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security. He led the Center's efforts to make health a central component of U.S. foreign policy and guide the Center's evolving research agenda. Dr. Shine brought to this new role decades-long experience working with international health experts on global issues such as emerging infectious illnesses, bioethics, and access to care.
Dr. Shine is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. A cardiologist and physiologist, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1961. Before becoming president of the IOM, he was Dean and Provost for Medical Sciences at UCLA.
Dr. Shine is a member of many honorary and academic societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Master of the American College of Physicians, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1988. He served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1991-1992, and was President of the American Heart Association from 1985-1986.