Experts
    • Internal Medicine
    Assoc Professor University of Chicago & Director of Educational Initiatives, Costs of Care

    Vineet Arora MD MAPP is Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery, and Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at the University Of Chicago.  Through funding from AHRQ, NIH, and the ABIM Foundation, she has developed and evaluated multiple educational interventions to improve medical training while also improving quality, safety, and value of care in teaching hospitals.  She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and her work has received coverage by the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press.  For her body of work, she has been recognized by HealthLeader Magazine in 2011 as “20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better” and is the past recipient of the American College of Physicians Walter J. McDonald Young Physician Award, Society of General Internal Medicine’s Mid-Career Mentoring Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award.

    As the Director of Educational Initiatives at Costs of Care, she oversaw the development of the Teaching Value web modules, which are easy to access free e-learning tools to promote cost conscious prescribing and reduce waste and co-chaired the Teaching Value Choosing Wisely Challenge.  She is co-author of Understanding High Value Care, a textbook from McGraw Hill released in 2015.  An avid user of social media, Dr. Arora regularly tweets about medical education, technology, and health policy at @futuredocs.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Evidence-based medicine
    General internist and Chief, General Internal Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

     

    Dr. Deborah Korenstein is a general internist, clinician-educator and health services researcher and the Director of Clinical Effectiveness at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where she is also Chief of the General Internal Medicine Service. She earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Prior to her role at MSKCC, Dr. Korenstein was Editor-in-Chief of ACP Smart Medicine, an evidence-based clinical decision support tool, and the founding director of the Primary Care Residency Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her main academic efforts, in both education and research, have concerned high value physician decision making with research activities encompassing both educational and health services research.  Specifically, she has focused her educational efforts around evidence-based medicine and high-value care and has performed research in the areas of overuse of medical services and the impact of conflicts of interest.  She has worked with national organizations including the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians, and the Lown Institute to advance the study of overuse and to foster healthcare value and has been deeply involved in national campaigns including the Choosing Wisely campaign.

     

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Medical Educaiton
    Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation, Department of ObGyn, Greenville Health System, South Carolina
    • MD at Greenville Health System

    Lauren D. Demosthenes, M.D. is an obstetrician gynecologist who was in a private clinical practice for 30 years before transitioning to an academic position at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville.  She is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of ObGyn with the Department of ObGyn at the Greenville Health System and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville.  As Medical Director of Value Care and Innovation for the Department of ObGyn, she is actively teaching value to medical students, residents and faculty.  She has developed a curriculum tool to help teach high value care for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Resident Education (CREOG) and co-chairs and mentors residents in the Greenville Health System graduate medical education contest, “Cases in High Value Care.”  She has given Grand Rounds for several residency programs on the topic of high value care and has presented educational workshops for residents and faculty at the annual Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO/CREOG) meetings in the recent past. She is also leading a medical student elective in Value and Quality in Healthcare and quarterly Value Care Grand Rounds in her department.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
    Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care
    • Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Chris Moriates is the Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. He is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based healthcare for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as building a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across the healthcare community in Austin.

    • Internal Medicine

    Brandon Combs, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Senior Fellow for Medical Education at the Lown Institute. He is a primary care physician and general internist and is actively involved in medical student and resident education in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. His academic interests include medical education, practical evidence based medicine, clinical decision-making, and improving value in health care. Dr. Combs co-founded the nationally recognized Do No Harm Project in 2012 which has received awards from American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation as well as the American College of Physicians for its innovative approach to teaching trainees about medical overuse. He is also a section editor of “Teachable Moments” – a series in JAMA Internal Medicine that was inspired by the Do No Harm Project. In his role as Senior Fellow at the Lown Institute, Dr. Combs is leading national implementation of a novel, patient-focused educational conference – Right Care Rounds – in addition to other medical education programs of the Lown Institute including the Right Care Educator Program and the Young Innovators Grant Program. Dr. Combs reports that “being a physician and helping trainees match the best clinical evidence with the unique values and preferences of patients have been among the most rewarding aspects of my life.” 

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    • Faculty Investigator at Ariadne Labs
    Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills. He has been listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can cause financial harm to patients. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a faculty investigator at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation, where he studies the impact of system complexity on discretionary clinical decisions. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients from childbirth through menopause and practices both primary care and surgery. Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and received degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a co-author of the textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care expected from McGraw-Hill in early 2015.
  • Dr. Reshma Gupta, MD, MSHPM is the Director of Outreach and Evaluation as well as the Teaching Value in Healthcare Learning Network at Costs of Care, Inc. She is also a practicing internal medicine physician who trained for medical school at the University of California San Francisco, residency and chief residency at the University of Washington Seattle, and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship with a masters in Health Policy and Management at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Gupta developed the Teaching Value in Healthcare Learning Network, a virtual community to advance and spread stewardship in medical training by showcasing promising value improvement strategies that can be used to disseminate best practices among trainees, educators, and health system leaders. 

    Dr. Gupta’s works in health system innovation, policy, redesign, and education. She has focused her work to better define and improve the culture of value-based decision-making and care delivery including the creation of the first High Value Care Culture Survey. She has also led a multi-site study across California to understand drivers of value-based decision making in academic medical centers in order to help develop future interventions promoting value. Dr. Gupta’s also works in consultation with the Innovations Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Primary Care Program, the largest patient-centered medical home demonstration project to date. This program tries to tests new models of primary care that promote improving quality and lower costs. Dr. Gupta is characterizing care management in the program and assessing the correlation with value-promoting payment reform models. She also works to develop strategic planning, operations, and evaluation of this large scale national demonstration program. In setting a national vision to train physicians in value-based care, Dr. Gupta has published numerous perspective pieces in JAMA, Academic Medicine, and the AMA Journal of Ethics as well as numerous interviews with national radio outlets such as NPR.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Director of the Internal Medicine Sub-internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Amit K. Pahwa, M.D is Director of the Internal Medicine Sub-internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He also serves as the Course Director of the Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine (TIME): High Value Health Care course for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He co-chairs both the Department of Medicine High Value Care Committee as well as the Johns Hopkins Health System.

     

    Dr. Pahwa is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He earned his M.D. degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He works as a hospitalist and precepts resident clinic.

    • Internal Medicine
    Chief Medical Resident and VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety
    • Chief Resident in Medicine & Quality Improvement/Patient Safety at Boston University Medical Center

    Lakshman is a Chief Medical Resident / VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety at Boston Medical Center. His interests include pulmonary/critical care medicine, healthcare improvement and delivery science, medical education and health policy. He is passionate about equitable and cost-effective health care. See his keynote about joy and burnout in medicine at the 2016 British Columbia Quality Forum here: https://youtu.be/fye-lxwrsPo

  • Dr. Donna Williams is Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, Davis School of Medicine.  She completed her medical school and Internal Medicine Residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She worked as a hospitalist and Assistant Program Director at Jefferson for three years before relocating to Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked as a hospitalist and Associate Program Director at Saint Agnes Hospital.  In 2012, she joined the team at UC Davis as Associate Program Director.  Since 2015 she has also served as the Instructor of Record for the second year clinical skills course at UC Davis entitled Doctoring 2.

     

    Dr. Williams enjoys teaching internal medicine residents about high value care.  She recently served as lead author for the 2016 update of the ACP/AAIM High Value Care Curriculum and contributed to the High Value Care chapter of the AMA’s Health Systems Science textbook (in press). She is an active member of both ACP and APDIM, where she has presented workshops, lectures, and posters on high value care, resident career pathways, remediation, and development of a medical education track.