Experts
    • Pediatrics
    Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    Dr. Schroeder is currently the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, California, and is a clinical associate professor (affiliate) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research interests focus on identifying areas where we can “safely do less” in healthcare, and he has lectured on this theme locally and nationally. He is the co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Special Interest Group on Healthcare Value.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Professor at UCSF School of Medicine
    Dr. Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Legacy Foundation, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers. It has expanded the types of clinician groups that support cessation, developed an alternative cessation message (Ask, Advise, Refer), created new ways to market toll-free telephone quit lines, and engaged the mental health and addictions treatment community for the first time. Between 1990 and 2002 he was President and CEO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During that time the Foundation made grant expenditures of almost $4 billion in pursuit of its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. It developed new programs in substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children, among others. Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an EIS Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF he was the founding medical director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its division of general internal medicine. He has published extensively in the fields of clinical medicine, health care financing and organization, prevention, public health, the work force, and tobacco control. He is a director of the James Irvine Foundation, the Marin General Hospital, the Marin Community Foundation and the Robina Foundation, and former member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (for 19 years) and former chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine. He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation, was a Council member of the Institute of Medicine, an Overseer of Harvard, and President, the Harvard Medical Alumni Association. He has won numerous awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees and the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the Institute of Medicine. He and his wife Sally live in Tiburon, CA. They have two physician sons and four young grandchildren who have yet to declare a career interest.
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    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.
    • Internal Medicine
    Assoc Professor University of Chicago & Director of Educational Initiatives, Costs of Care
    Assoc Professor University of Chicago & Director of Educational Initiatives, Costs of Care
    • Physician at The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences

    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
    • 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 of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of...
    • 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.

  • September Wallingford is the Director of Operations for Costs of Care. She is also a registered nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. September believes nurses play a vital role in creating value for patients and their families. She advocates for nurses to be full, collaborative partners in high value care. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University.
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Neurosurgeon and Clinical Fellow at UCSF
    Corinna Zygourakis, MD, is a neurosurgeon and clinical fellow at the Center for Healthcare Value (CHV) of the University of California, San Francisco. Her primary research interests are in reducing surgical costs and determining the cost-effectiveness of various neurosurgical procedures. WIth support from the CHV and UCSF's Caring Wisely program, she leads a hospital-wide project OR SCORE (OR Surgical Cost Reduction Project) whose goal is to decrease operating room costs by providing surgeons with price transparency information. She has also received a Catalyst Grant from UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute to translate her price transparency work into a doctor-focused mobile application. Dr. Zygourakis is currently completing her neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she received the Naffziger Award for Best Clinical Resident in Neurosurgery. She received a degree in medicine cum laude from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences & Technology Program in 2011, as well as a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in English literature with honors from the California Institute of Technology in 2006. Her numerous awards include the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship for Medical Students, the Paul & Daisy Soros National Fellowship for New Americans, the Mabel Beckman Award (Caltech commencement prize given to top graduating woman), and the United States Presidential Scholar award. She is the author of 2 book chapters and 19 peer-reviewed articles, including 6 recent articles addressing issues of cost and quality of care in neurosurgery.