Richard P. Shannon, MD, joined the boards of directors of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in July 2014. He is chair of the Quality and Health Improvement Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee and Executive Committee.
Dr. Shannon is executive vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is responsible for aligning the key components of the University of Virginia Health System to achieve the goal of becoming a top academic medical center.
Prior to joining the University of Virginia Health System, Dr. Shannon served as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Prior to that appointment, he served as chair of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Shannon’s investigative interests are in the area of myocardial metabolism and heart failure, specifically the role of energetics in the progression of heart failure. His lab was the first to discover the beneficial cardiovascular actions of incretins, which formed the basis for Ventrigen, LLC, a company designed to develop incretins (gastrointestinal hormones) for use in treating heart failure.
Dr. Shannon’s pioneering work in patient safety is chronicled in the chapter “First, Do No Harm” in the published book, The Best Practice — How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine, by Charles Kenney. His innovative work also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, on CNN and CNBC news segments and ABC’s “20/20,” and was a centerpiece for the PBS report entitled “Remaking American Medicine.”
Dr. Shannon is an elected member of honorary organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and served as a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently is a teaching fellow for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and a member of the board of directors of the Darden Business School at UVA.
Dr. Shannon received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He did his training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, his cardiovascular training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and was the Francis Weld Peabody Fellow and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School before becoming the Claude R. Joyner Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Both Harvard Medical School and Drexel University College of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have honored him with numerous teaching awards.