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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.
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.
Dr. Lauren Demosthenes is a specialist in general Ob/Gyn and practiced general obgyn for 28 years before joining the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) in 2012. After gaining broad experience in general ob/gyn, she left her practice in 2016 to become Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation in her department and to play a larger role in the medical school. At the medical school she developed a high value care curriculum and is co-director for the USCSOMG’s Track of Distinction in High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health. She also serves as faculty mentor for the USCSOMG’s Choosing Wisely STARS students (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) who are participating in the national program. In graduate medical education, she founded and is current editor of the American College of ObGyn’s curriculum resource, Cases in High Value Care; and has presented this work at grand rounds and national meetings. She is currently Chair Designate of the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting which will be held in Austin Texas this year and Nashville, Tennessee next year.
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.
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.”
Dr. Gupta oversees the joint Costs of Care/ABIM Foundation Learning Network which aims to support clinical innovators in scaling and sustaining best practices that improve value. She is an internal medicine physician and serves as the Medical Director for Quality and Value across the UCLA Health System and an Expert Advisor for CMS Innovation Center's Comprehensive Primary Care initiative. Previously she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and received a masters in health policy and management. She speaks nationally about the costs of care and has been highlighted on national outlets such as NPR.
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.
Lakshman is a pulmonary/critical care fellow at Boston Medical Center. Outside of clinical medicine, his interests include healthcare improvement and delivery science, physician satisfaction and burnout, medical education and health policy. 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 Wake Forest in Winston Salem, North Carolina. 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, where she worked until June 2017. She has recently relocated to Winston Salem where she has joined the faculty of Wake Forest.
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. 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.