A Philadelphia native, Dr. Shenkin graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, trained in pediatrics at UCSF and in preventive medicine in the United States Public Health Service, and was in the first graduating class at GSPP. He also studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, the Yale School of Public Health, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF.
In 1979 Dr. Shenkin started pediatric practice as a solo practitioner in Oakland. This practice became Bayside Medical Group, the largest privately held primary care group in the Bay Area, noted for its innovative quality initiatives and management, with 35 clinicians in 10 offices. Dr. Shenkin sold Bayside to Packard Children’s Hospital in 2012. He was Chief of Pediatrics at three hospitals, and board member of several managed care organizations. He continues to serve in leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Shenkin has had an active presence in health policy. While in the USPHS he headed the Migrant Health Program, wrote a book about the program, and then worked with Congress to pass major revisions in the Migrant Health Law based on his book. He has published extensively in the professional literature on subjects including the organization of medical practice and organized groups, quality of care, medical care administration, and health insurance.