Shawn Sheffield

Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, USC Keck Medicine

Shawn Sheffield, MBA, MHSA, 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. 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, 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, Norris Cancer Hospital, and Verdugo Hills Hospital) and a faculty practice plan with more than 1,200 employed physicians. In less than ten years, annual system revenue has more than tripled, to $2.3 billion in 2021. Keck Medicine named to US News and World Report 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 the University of California, San Diego, (UC) Health Sciences. She led the academic health system during a period of major growth and expansion, including the development of a foundation model that integrated UC San Diego pediatric faculty with the largest pediatric private practice sub-specialty group in San Diego. 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 served as the co-chair of the Chief Strategy Officers Network for the Vizient University Health System Consortium. She currently serves as the 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 received both her Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Science Administration degrees from Arizona State University.