Patricia Gabow
Dr. Gabow is a national leader in delivery system innovation and the care of vulnerable populations. A nephrologist by training, she retired in 2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA), an integrated health care system serving one of the poorest populations in Colorado. Gabow is credited with transforming DHHA from a struggling public hospital system into a national model of integrated, fiscally stable, and high-quality care. One of the hallmarks of Gabow’s leadership was her introduction of Toyota Production System or Lean improvement methods, resulting in the elimination of waste while creating financial benefits and enhancing patient care. “When it comes to access to health care, Dr. Gabow’s transformative leadership at Denver Health has made a real difference to real people,” said Dede de Percin of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. Dr. Gabow currently serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees.
Charles van der Horst
Dr. van der Horst has been conducting clinical trials in the treatment and prevention of HIV, opportunistic infections (CMV, PCP, MAC, Cryptococcus, adenovirus), EBV and influenza since for more than 30 years. Since 2001 he has also worked in Malawi and South Africa, with a focus on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, treatment of cryptococcal meningitis, and operations research on better methods to prevent and treat HIV in a resource-constrained setting. Dr. van der Horst is currently a Global Health and Clinical Trials Consultant and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina.
Vikas Saini
Dr. Saini joined the Lown Group in 1987 before leaving to co-found Aspect Medical Systems, the pioneer in consciousness monitoring technologies in the operating room and critical care setting. He was a founding partner of The Cardiovascular Specialists, which became the dominant cardiovascular practice on Cape Cod. He was also the founding Chairman of Cape Physicians, LLC, a primary care physician network taking insurance risk contracts. Dr. Saini returned to the Lown Institute and Lown Cardiovascular Group in 2007. Dr. Saini is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology and has been on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. In April 2012, Dr. Saini convened the Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference with Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation, the first major academic conference focused on the problem of unnecessary care. Under the auspices of the Lown Institute, they have helped lead the formation of the Right Care Alliance, a partnership of clinicians, patients, and the general public, all seeking a medical system that puts patients first while being affordable, effective, rational, personal, and just.
Shannon Brownlee
Shannon Brownlee is a nationally known writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly, Washington Post, Times of London, Los Angeles Times, and BMJ, among many other publications. She is best known for her groundbreaking work on overtreatment and the implications for health care policy. Her book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, was named the best economics book of 2007 by New York Times economics correspondent David Leonhardt. A former senior writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report, Brownlee lectures regularly in the U.S. and internationally at universities, medical schools, and public venues. A former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she currently serves on the boards of Families USA and the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is an editor of the “Less is More” section of JAMA Internal Medicine, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and an Instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.