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Shannon Elswick

Shannon Elswick

, M.S.
Lecturer, Executive in Residence
Health Management and Informatics
Employed Since: 2015

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Shannon Elswick currently serves as lecturer and executive in residence for the Department of Health Management and Informatics in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. He is also senior vice president of Acute Care for Leading Edge Healthcare, LLC. His career in health care has spanned four decades, over half of which was at the senior executive level. Before moving into academics and consulting, Elswick was the president of the Adult Hospital Group and president of ORMC for Orlando Health.

Shannon served six years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. He received a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services from Southern Illinois University. He has served on the credentials committee and as a member of the faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives and is published in Hospitality, Lean/Six Sigma, and Lifestyle Medicine. 

Elswick is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on boards and committees of multiple healthcare and community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, American Heart Association, Cornerstone Hospice, United Way of Lake and Sumter, Dean's Advisory Council for the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, Lake Sumter State College Health Sciences Collegiate Academy, Orange Indemnity LTD, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Industrial Development Authority, Community Foundation of South Lake County and Oakland Presbyterian Church.

Elswick sings in multiple a cappella groups in central and south Florida, is the founder and musical director of Sisters of Sound and sings in his church choir. He and Becky, his wife of 34 years who serves as the Fifth Circuit Guardian ad Litem Trainer and is a former member of the Lake County School Board, live in Clermont. They have three sons and two grandsons.

When he is not teaching or singing, Elswick enjoys tennis, scuba and tandem bike riding with Becky.


  • M.S., Healthcare Administration , Central Michigan University
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    — Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
    My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
    — Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
    UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
    — Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
    UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
    — Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
    My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
    — Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
    The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
    — Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
    The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
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    As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
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    It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
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