AUSTIN, July 29, 2022 – Longtime board member Kenneth Shine, M.D. has decided to retire from the Central Texas American Heart Association Board of Directors after serving in the Austin area for 12 years.

Shine has a storied history with the Association, serving as National Board President in 1986-87 after a long history with the Association while at UCLA. Under Shine’s leadership, the Association played an important and visible role in addressing key issues regarding heart health including making significant strides in the battle against tobacco.

Following an illustrious career at UCLA and the University of Washington, Shine came to Austin in 2003 and joined the AHA Board in 2010. With Shine’s guidance, the Austin market has experienced significant growth, extending the Association’s impact to include more communities around Central Texas.

“Dr. Shine has had a tremendous impact on the American Heart Association at the National level and within the Central Texas Market,” said Executive Director Drew Thomas. “His leadership, expertise and insight has helped propel the mission of the Association forward and he will be missed.”

Adding to an already long list of acknowledgments, Shine was recognized for his commitment to the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke with the 2017-18 Silver Board Award.

Shine has deep ties with Austin, serving as a courtesy professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He served as executive vice chancellor for health affairs at UT with responsibility for the six health campuses of the university where he led efforts to create two new medical schools.


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