Shira Shavit, MD

Family Community Medicine
+1 415 476-2148

Shira Shavit, MD is a Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN). For over a decade through research and community engagement, Dr. Shavit has been redefining national best practices to address the health inequities experienced by communities impacted by mass incarceration. In addition to providing clinical care to communities impacted by incarceration, Dr. Shavit has led health system transformation in over 48 primary care systems in 14 states and Puerto Rico resulting in healthcare career opportunities for hundreds of people with criminal legal involvement as community health workers. Her work in the TCN has also been shown to cut health care and criminal legal costs, and support healthy, sustained integration of individuals returning home from incarceration. In 2012, she led a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation funded project across 11 sites in collaboration with City College of California. She also worked as a consultant to reform healthcare systems in the California State prisons in collaboration with the Federal Receivership (2006-2011). She is a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award (2010). Dr. Shavit graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, completed her MD at Rush University in Chicago, and completed her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. She is currently a California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Fellow.


Formerly Incarcerated Community Health Workers Engaging Individuals Returning From Incarceration Into Primary Care: Results From the Transition Clinic Network.

Frontiers in public health

Aminawung JA, Harvey TD, Smart J, Calderon J, Steiner A, Kroboth E, Wang EA, Shavit S

Perceived Discrimination Based on Criminal Record in Healthcare Settings and Self-Reported Health Status among Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Redmond N, Aminawung JA, Morse DS, Zaller N, Shavit S, Wang EA

Propensity-matched study of enhanced primary care on contact with the criminal justice system among individuals recently released from prison to New Haven.

BMJ open

Wang EA, Lin HJ, Aminawung JA, Busch SH, Gallagher C, Maurer K, Puglisi L, Shavit S, Frisman L

Illicit substance use after release from prison among formerly incarcerated primary care patients: a cross-sectional study.

Addiction science & clinical practice

Chamberlain A, Nyamu S, Aminawung J, Wang EA, Shavit S, Fox AD

Health Literacy Among a Formerly Incarcerated Population Using Data from the Transitions Clinic Network.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Hadden KB, Puglisi L, Prince L, Aminawung JA, Shavit S, Pflaum D, Calderon J, Wang EA, Zaller N

History of Solitary Confinement Is Associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among Individuals Recently Released from Prison.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Hagan BO, Wang EA, Aminawung JA, Albizu-Garcia CE, Zaller N, Nyamu S, Shavit S, Deluca J, Fox AD

Transitions Clinic Network: Challenges And Lessons In Primary Care For People Released From Prison.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Shavit S, Aminawung JA, Birnbaum N, Greenberg S, Berthold T, Fishman A, Busch SH, Wang EA

Engaging individuals recently released from prison into primary care: a randomized trial.

American journal of public health

Wang EA, Hong CS, Shavit S, Sanders R, Kessell E, Kushel MB

Transitions clinic: creating a community-based model of health care for recently released California prisoners.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Wang EA, Hong CS, Samuels L, Shavit S, Sanders R, Kushel M