Watson Award, Lecture honor clinical excellence – Sept. 11

Shine to address health care teamwork


By Debbie Bolles

Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs from 2003 to 2013, will deliver the Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Visiting Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Zale Foundation Lecture Hall, D1.600.

Dr. Barbara Haley (left) will receive 2013 Watson Award from Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Dr. Barbara Haley (left) will receive 2013 Watson Award from Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Dr. Shine, who has been responsible for the six UT System health institutions since 2003, stepped down from his position at the end of August, culminating a long and distinguished career as a national leader in health care. He will continue to serve the UT System as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor upon retirement.

Dr. Shine’s lecture at UT Southwestern Medical Center is titled “21st Century Medicine – A Team Sport.”

The Watson Lecture is given in conjunction with the annual presentation of the Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. The award is UT Southwestern’s highest clinical honor and is bestowed upon an outstanding physician whose work exemplifies the medical center’s commitment to patient care.

The 2013 Watson Award recipient is Dr. Barbara Haley, Professor of Internal Medicine and a breast cancer specialist at UT Southwestern. Dr. Haley’s commitment to treating the whole person, and not just the cancer, has won her the admiration of patients and recognition by her colleagues.

Dr. Shine, in a fitting tribute to Dr. Haley’s accomplishments as a physician, has made his own significant impact on health care as a leader within the UT System and nationally. Bobby Stillwell, UT System Regent and Chair of the Regents’ Health Affairs Committee, called Dr. Shine “one of the most respected and high-impact leaders of academic health in the nation. … We will have the privilege of having Dr. Shine as an advisor for the next year.”

More Information

What: Presentation of the 2013 Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine
Recipient: Dr. Barbara Haley, Professor of Internal Medicine
When, where: 4:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in the Zale Foundation Lecture Hall (D1.600)
Visiting Lecture: “21st Century Medicine – A Team Sport” by Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, Special Advisor to the UT System Chancellor; Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (2003-2013); President of the Institute of Medicine (1992-2002)


Dr. Shine said, “Francis Peabody observed in 1925 that ‘the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.’ Barbara Haley combines great competence with caring in a remarkable manner.”

Prior to joining the UT System, Dr. Shine was President of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., from 1992 to 2002. Under his leadership, the IOM played an important and visible role in addressing key issues in medicine and health care for all. The overarching clinical movement of constantly striving to elevate patient safety and health care standards began with two IOM papers published while Dr. Shine led the organization – To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, first published in 1999, and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, published in 2001.

To Err is Human concluded that it is not acceptable for patients to be harmed by the health care system that is supposed to offer healing and comfort – a system that promises: “First, do no harm.” The IOM authors presented a comprehensive strategy by which government, health care providers, industry, and consumers could reduce preventable medical errors.

Crossing the Quality Chasm, the final report of the three-year Quality of Care in America Project, provided a review of the overall quality of the nation’s health care system, including an assessment of its safety and effectiveness, as well as recommendations for a comprehensive strategy for improvement. The report challenged the core organization of decades-old health care delivery systems that grew out of a need to provide primarily acute care rather than chronic care. This acute-rather-than-chronic model was one of the chasms the IOM recognized as needing to be reorganized to meet the real needs of patients. In 2012 Dr. Shine received the John M. Eisenberg Award of the Joint Commission Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the National Quality Forum, as well as the Founders Award of the American College of Medical Quality.

These reports underlie the medical center’s commitment to clinical transformation and many of the activities that have been initiated in UT Southwestern Hospitals & Clinics in recent years, said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.

“Over the years, Dr. Shine has played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s conversation about quality and safety in its hospitals as well as access to affordable health care and the responsibility of health care institutions to train the next generation of doctors,” Dr. Podolsky said. “As an institution, UT Southwestern owes him a debt of gratitude for his leadership and steadfast support over the last decade. We are honored to welcome him as this year’s Watson Lecturer and look forward to his insight on the future of academic medicine.”

Before becoming the IOM President, Dr. Shine was Dean and Provost for Medical Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he remains a Professor of Medicine Emeritus.

Dr. Shine is a member of many honorary and academic societies. They include serving as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and Master of the American College of Physicians. He also headed the American Heart Association as President from 1985 to 1986, was elected to the IOM in 1988, and served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1991 to 1992.

A cardiologist and physiologist, Dr. Shine received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1961.

Dr. Haley holds the Charles Cameron Sprague, M.D. Chair in Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Podolsky holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.

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