RICK SHEFF, MD
BIO

Dr. Rick Sheff is a nationally recognized healthcare leader and change agent. His dynamic presentations galvanize audiences to action. His incisive consultations provide surprising insights and opportunities. And his books move readers from the heart.

Known as a doctor’s doctor, his career has taken him from practicing family medicine to serving as a physician executive, to helping integrate complementary and alternative medicine with conventional medicine.

Dr. Sheff has dedicated his life to healing patients and healing healthcare. He currently serves as principal and chief medical officer for The Greeley Company, a highly respected consulting and professional services firm dedicated to helping physicians and hospitals provide outstanding care to the communities they serve.
A prolific author and nationally recognized thought leader. Dr. Sheff has coauthored 15 books and numerous articles and white papers on healthcare leadership, patient safety, and physician performance.

Most recently he has turned his cutting edge creative thinking to bridging the gap between science and spirituality, seeking to build a bridge from the science, religion, and medicine of today to the science, spirituality, and healing of tomorrow. His latest book, Joyfully Shattered: A Physician’s Awakening at the Crossroads of Science and Spirituality, tells the true story of his journey from passionate atheist to tentative seeker, and finally to profound mystic.

Dr. Sheff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Brown University residency program in family medicine. He was an undergraduate at Cornell University and recipient of the Keasbey Scholarship for the study of politics and philosophy at Oxford University. At the age of 60, Dr. Sheff professed vows as a monk in the Spirit of Peace interfaith monastic community.

Richard Sheff, MD, known to most of his patients as Dr. Rick, is a family physician with over twenty five years of experience in medicine. He chose the specialty of family medicine because he wanted to see and treat patients as whole people whose illness and wellness are a result of the complex interplay of their biological, psychological, social, and cultural circumstances. The years have taught him that to this must be added recognition of each patient’s spiritual circumstances if they are truly to be seen as a whole person, including understanding their illness and wellness.