Richard Shannon, MD, is Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He also sits on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Special Panel on Patient Safety, and is a member of the Technical Advisor Group of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council. Previously, Shannon served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School before becoming the Claude R. Joyner Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital. His pioneering work on patient safety has been featured in countless publications and television programs, most recently as a PBS feature entitled “Remaking American Medicine.” He has served as a consultant to the Delmarva Foundation, The Safest in America Consortium, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the New York City Business Group on Health, and the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Shannon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut.