Shawn Evans, M.D., elected chief of staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital


The physicians at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla elected

Shawn Evans, M.D

., as the new chief of staff of the 372-bed facility. Evans took over as head of the 900-member physician team on Jan. 1, 2012. During his two-year term, he will serve as medical staff liaison to hospital administrative staff and its board of directors, playing a key role in driving health care services improvement to the more than 130,000 patients cared for annually at the hospital.

Evans said he plans to continue working on the numerous patient care enhancement and physician communication initiatives started by outgoing Chief of Staff

Marc Sedwitz, M.D

., during his two-year tenure. He will also provide medical staff input into the major expansion and renovation projects under way on the hospital’s campus, including the

Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

, scheduled to open for patient care in 2015.

Evans has been a member of the medical staffs at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital since 1997 and has held numerous medical staff leadership positions. He also has served as event physician for PETCO Park and Major League Baseball since 2006.

In 1998, he founded POISE (Physician Outreach in Student Education), which was adopted by the San Diego Unified School District as its premier skill-building program for student avoidance of alcohol and recreational drug use.

He has also assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration in special investigations and helped guide the Oxycontin Task Force.

Evans received his medical degree from University of California, Irvine, after earning a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. He completed his residency at UCSD. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

In his spare time, Evans enjoys camping, hiking and coaching Little League. He races off-road dirt bikes and recently completed the Baja 1000. He resides in his native community of Pacific Beach with his family.