Keck Medicine of USC has appointed Shannon Bradley, MBA, as the organization’s first-ever chief diversity officer. Bradley will assume the role on Sept. 19.

The position involves ensuring key tenets of Keck Medicine’s diversity and inclusion strategy are fully integrated across the system and that metrics are in place to measure the rate of success.

Rod Hanners, chief executive officer of Keck Medicine. made the announcement on Aug. 29, praising the “tremendous knowledge and skill” Bradley brings to the job.

Bradley, who most recently served as AVP/division director of diversity, equity and inclusion at HCA Healthcare in Houston, will develop strategies to help Keck Medicine recruit and retain a diverse workforce. She’ll also monitor any potential barriers within the organization.

During her tenure at HCA Healthcare, Bradley helped to increase board inclusion for Asian and Black members by 45% and 24%, respectively, and she initiated a health-equity collaboration that resulted in a clinical C-section reduction of nearly 15% for populations with disparate outcomes.

In addition, Bradley worked to launch new colleague networks, develop an external student mentorship program and double participation in an internal network mentorship program.

“We’re not afraid to admit that we still have much to learn on our journey toward inclusion,” Hanners said in the announcement, “but we’re confident that Bradley’s presence will help us to address areas of opportunity and growth.

Outside of work, Bradley enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Earlier this year, she visited and explored the Galápagos Islands.

To learn more about Bradly, click here.

— Kate Faye