Louise J. Short, MA, MSC


Dr. Short is the National Clinical Leader for Strategic Benefit Advisors (SBA) and Brown & Brown.  Her passion and her focus is working with employers to develop innovative strategies and solutions that engage and support employees and their families in making good choices to avoid the cost and consequences of poor health. She is a seasoned, results-driven physician with a background in internal medicine, occupational and preventive medicine, and 25 years of experience providing clinical leadership in designing, implementing and measuring population health programs and strategies.

Previously Dr. Short was a partner at Mercer where she built the population health practice for the South and spent six years consulting to national and global employers on approaches to improve health outcomes and control cost.  She has worked with many jumbo employers including Lowe’s, Bank of New York Mellon, Dollar General, and PepsiCo.  Her expertise also includes analytics, epidemiology, managed care plan administration and medical management, and clinical programs and outcomes client consultation. Dr. Short has developed a special expertise in advocacy and navigation, and has relationships as well as in depth knowledge of many of the vendors in this area.  

Prior to Mercer, Dr. Short worked at Healthways (now Sharecare) assisting health plan and employer clients defining the needs of their populations, and developing strategic approaches and products to assist in improving clinical outcomes and ROI.  Dr. Short also spent over thirteen years working as a medical director for both UnitedHealthcare and Anthem, including Corporate Medical Director for BCBSGA, a 2.5 million member plan, and also directing research and business development for Anthem’s health outcomes research subsidiary. Previously, Dr. Short was an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in clinical practice. Dr. Short has been involved in several studies related to quality and cost of care in areas including disparities of care, performance of centers of excellence networks, and drug safety and has published previously in journals such as Cancer and JAMA.  

Dr. Short earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard, her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, did her internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and trained in occupational and preventive medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where she also received a Master’s degree in Community Medicine.