Pasadena, CA – February 28, 2022 – The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) today announced the naming of Sean Hennessey-Hsieh, MBA as Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Administration & Finance. In this role, Hennessey-Hsieh will be responsible for the continued management and sustainability of the school, directing the planning and implementation of all operational and financial aspects of KPSOM, monitoring growth and advancing new initiatives, and managing the school’s administrative offices and financial functions including Development, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing and Communications.
“Sean brings more than 20 years of finance strategy and planning in higher education, healthcare, and the corporate world, on an international scale,” said Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, Founding Dean and Chief Executive Officer. “Sean’s deep experience and skill will help us continue to build the school and lead us into the future.”
Hennessey-Hsieh comes to KPSOM after serving as Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean for Stanford University School of Medicine, where he led the creation of the first Integrated Strategic Plan for Stanford Medicine encompassing the medical school and its affiliated healthcare systems, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. He joined Stanford from The Permanente Federation, the umbrella organization for the physician groups of Kaiser Permanente, where he collaborated with leaders from across the Permanente Medical Groups and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals on advancing digital health and strategic priorities.
A native of Modesto, California, he has lived and worked in Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Sean graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in East Asian Studies, later earned a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and then obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has also previously served as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in London, where he worked with healthcare systems across Europe, including the National Health Service of England, and he has lectured on healthcare strategy and the use of health information technology at the UC Berkeley School of Information.
“I am thrilled to join the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine leadership team,” said Hennessey-Hsieh. “Growing up as the child of a public school teacher and school nurse in the Central Valley, I was inspired by my parents’ dedication to advancing educational opportunities for all and addressing the community’s stark health disparities. At KPSOM, I look forward to working together to deliver on our strategic, financial, and operational goals, grounded in a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, to enable the school to grow and fulfill its mission to train the doctors of the future for the benefit of the patients and communities they serve.”