Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH

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Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH is a Visiting Research Scientist at the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, retired Captain in the US Public Health Services, and a public health consultant.

Areas of Expertise: Public health, Health policy, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health services research, Immunizations
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Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH is a public health leader, scientist, and health services researcher.  She is a Visiting Research Scientist in the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a retired Captain in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Shen served over 22 years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s National Vaccine Program Office. She also served at USAID in the Bureau of Global Health, leading routine immunizations and has supported the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Botswana. 

Dr. Shen is a recognized expert in public health practice, policy, research and FDA-regulation. She specializes in vaccines and immunizations and was a designated federal official for the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Dr. Shen also served on the adult working group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

Dr. Shen co-founded and co-launched the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) in 2012 with the American Medical Association and the CDC.  She also led the NAIIS Quality and Performance Measures Working Group including the development of two new adult composite measures, one for prenatal women and one for adults.  These two measures were adopted into the 2019 HEDIS® dataset, one of health care’s most widely used performance measurement tools. 

She is the recipient of over 13 civilian awards, including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (2006) and the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Special Recognition Award (2008) and 31 Uniformed Service awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal (2017), four Outstanding Service Medals (2017, 2017, 2007, 2007), three Commendation Medals (2017, 2012, 2010), the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal (2006), the Presidential Unit Citation (2015), the Foreign Duty Award (2004), and the Junior Officer of the Year (2007). In 2014, Dr. Shen was named Loma Linda University School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year.  

Education and Training

Undergraduate Degree

BS - University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Graduate Degree

ScD - Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Master of Public Health – Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA

Titles and Academic Titles

Visiting Research Scientist, Vaccine Education Center

Captain (ret), U.S. Public Health Service

Departments and Services




Bramer CA, Kimmins LM, Swanson R, Kuo J, Vranesich P, Jacques-Carroll LA, Shen AK.  Decline in Child Vaccination Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Michigan Care Improvement Registry, May 2016–May 2020.  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 May 18;(29).

Shen AK, Orenstein W. Continued Challenges With Medicaid Coverage of Adult Vaccines and Vaccination Services. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(4):e203887. https://doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3887


Shen AK. Finding a Way to Address a Wicked Problem: Vaccines, Vaccination, and a Shared Understanding.  Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.

Shen AK, Warnock R, Selna W, Chu S, Kelman JA. Patient Characteristics of Medicare Beneficiaries Who Report Not getting Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations, 2001-2013. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.

Shen AK, Warnock R, Selna W, MaCurdy TE, Chu S, Kelman JA. Characteristics of Vaccinating Providers Reported through Medicare Claims in Office-Based Settings: Volume of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations. Vaccine.

Yarnoff B, Khavjou L, King G, Bates L, Zhou F, Leidner AJ, Shen AK. Analysis of the Profitability of Adult Vaccination in 13 Private Provider Practices in the United States.  Vaccine. 2019; 37(42):6180-6185.

Poland GA, Hall LL, Powell JA, for the Advisory Group. Effective and equitable influenza vaccine coverage in older and vulnerable adults: The Need for evidence-based innovation and transformation. Vaccine. 2019;37(16):2167-2170.

Shen AK, Groom AV, Leach DL, Bridges CB, Tsai AY, Tan L.  Promoting Adult Vaccination through the Development and Use of Composite Measurement: A Partnership-Driven Roadmap to Strengthen the Vaccine Delivery System.  Vaccine. 2019;37:1277-1283.

Shen AK, Warnock R, Selna W, Chu S, Kelman JA. Vaccination Among Medicare-Fee-For Service Beneficiaries: Characteristics and Predictors of Vaccine Receipt, 2014-2017. Vaccine. 2019;37(9):1194-1201.

Shen AK, Khavjou L, King G, Bates L, Zhou F, Leidner AJ, Yarnoff B. Provider Time and Costs to Vaccinate Adult Patients: Impact of Time Counseling Without Vaccination.  Vaccine. 2019;37(6):792-797.


Shen AK, Williams WW, O’Halloran AC, Groom AV, Lu P, Tsai AY, Lindley MC. Promoting Adult Immunization Using Population-Based Data for a Composite Measure.  Am J Prev Med. 2018;55(4):517-523.

Shen AK, Warnock R, Chu S, Kelman JA. Receipt of Other Routinely Recommended Vaccines Relative to Receipt of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines: Trends from Medicare Administrative Data, 2013-2015. Vaccine. 2018. 36(30):4399-4403.

Shen AK, Warnock R, Brereton S, McKean S, Wernecke M, Chu S, Kelman JA. Influenza Vaccination Coverage Estimates in the Fee-For Service Medicare Beneficiary Population 2006 - 2016: Using Population-Based Administrative Data to Support a Geographic Based Near Real-Time Tool.  Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018:1-10.


Shen AK, Warnock R, Kelman JA. Driving Immunization through the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: A Growing Opportunity. Vaccine. 2017;35(50):6938-6940.

Shen AK, Kelman JA, Warnock R, Zhang W, Brereton S, McKean S, Wernecke M, Chu S, Gellin BG. Beneficiary Characteristics and Vaccinations in the End-Stage Renal Disease Medicare Beneficiary Population, An Analysis of Claims Data 2009-2015. Vaccine. 2017;35(52):7302-7308.

Nowak GJ, Shen AK, Schwartz JL. Using campaigns to improve perceptions of the value of adult vaccination in the United States: Health Communication Considerations and Insights. Vaccine. 2017;35(42):5543-5550.

Shen AK, Tsai AY, Birkhead GS.  A review of policy, practices, and players governing and involved in the United States vaccine and immunization enterprise. International Journal of Health Governance. 2017;22(3):138-151.


Cowen AE, Clark SJ, Gordon J, Bok K, Shen, AK. Vaccine purchasing groups: An overview of their policies and practices.  Vaccine.  2016;34:5060-5065.

Gellin B, Shen AK, Fish R, Zettle M, Uscher-Pines L, Ringel J. The National Adult Immunization Plan: Strengthening Adult Immunization through Coordinated Action.  Am J Prev Med. 2016;51(6):1079-1083.

Shen AK, Weiss JM, Pecenka C, Andrus J, Atherly D, Hall S, Taylor K, McQuestion M. Country ownership and Gavi transition: comprehensive approaches to support new vaccine introduction.  Health Aff(Millwood).  2016;35(2):272-276.


Shen AK, Farrell M, Vandenbroucke M, Fox E, Pablos-Mendez A.  Applying lessons learned from the USAID family planning graduation experience to the GAVI graduation process.   Health Policy Plan. 2015;30:687-695.


Shen AK, Fields R, McQuestion M. Routine immunization in the developing world: challenges and opportunities. Glob Health Sci Pract.  2014;2(4):381-394.

Shen AK, Clay R, Pablos-Mendez A.  Global Immunization Through a Development Lens.  Public Health Rep.  2014;129(3):4-6.

Trostle R and Shen AK.  Three decades of USAID investments in immunization through the child survival revolution.  Emerg Microbes Infect. 2014;3:1-9.

Shen AK, O’Grady MJ, McDevitt RD, Pickreign JD, Laudenberger LK, Esber A, Shortridge EF.  How might immunization rates change if first dollar coverage is eliminated?  Public Health Rep.  2014;129(1):39-46.


Shen AK, Bridges CB, Tan LJ.  The First National Adult Immunization Summit 2012: Implementing Change through Action.  Vaccine, 2013;31(2):279-84.


Suarthana, E, Shen AK, Henneberger PK, Kreiss K, Leppla NC, Bueller D, Petsonk EL. Post-Hire Asthma among Insect Rearing Workers.  J Occup Environ Med, 2012;54(3);310-317.


Shen AK, Sobczyk E, Simonson L, Khan F, Esber A, Andreae M.  Financial barriers to providers for the use of combination vaccines.  Pediatrics. 2011;128(6); 1087-1093.

Shortridge EF, Moore JR, Whitmore H, O’Grady, MJ, Shen, AK.  The policy implications of first-dollar coverage:  a qualitative examination from the payer perspective.  Public Health Rep. 2011;126;394-9.

Shen AK, Mead PS, Beard CB. The Lyme Disease Vaccine – A Public Health Perspective.  Clin Infect Dis. 2011;52 Suppl 3:s247-52.

Shen AK, Spinner JR, Salmon D, Gellin, BG.  Strengthening the U.S. Vaccine and Immunization Enterprise: Role of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.  Public Health Rep. 2011;126;4-8.

Shen AK, Sobzcyk E, Buchannan A, Wu L, Duggan-Goldstein S.  Second National Immunization Congress 2010:  Addressing Vaccine Financing for the Future in the United States.  Hum Vaccin. 2011;7(1); 12-18.


Shen AK.  The vaccine enterprise: working to sustain and foster vaccine innovation.  Hum Vaccin. 2009; 5(10); 649-653.

Gellin BG and Shen, AK.  Financing Vaccines:  A Cornerstone of Prevention.  Pediatrics. 2009; 124(suppl 5); S457-S458.

Shen AK, Hunsaker J, Lindley MC, Gazmarian JA, Birkhead GS.  Role of Health Insurance in Financing Vaccinations for Children and Adolescents in the United States.  Pediatrics. 2009; 124(suppl 5); S522-S528.

Shen AK, Rodewald LE, Birkhead GS. The Perspective of Vaccine Manufacturers on the Financing of Pediatric and Adolescent Vaccines in the U.S.  Pediatrics. 2009; 124(suppl 5); S540-S547.

Lindley MC, Shen AK, Orenstein WA, Rodewald LE, Birkhead GS. Financing Childhood and Adolescent Vaccines: Challenges to the Current System. Pediatrics. 2009; 124(suppl 5); S548-S557.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Health care Organizations, University of North Georgia Press


  • Vaccine
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • PLoS
  • Health Affairs
  • Human Vaccines and Immunotherapies
  • BMC
  • Global Health Science and Practice
  • Health Policy and Planning