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First ‘Do No Harm’ awards given for describing effects of medical overuse

February 17, 2015 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute today announced recipients of the first national Do No Harm Project Competition, which encouraged clinical medical trainees to write vignettes, or essays, chronicling harm or near harm resulting from medical overuse. The two vignettes chosen by a panel of experts were written by Spyridoula Maraka, MD, with secondary authors Derek O’Keeffe MD and Victor Montori, MD, all from the Mayo Clinic; and Stephanie Chen, MD, from Johns Hopkins, Bayview Medical Center.

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The Lown Institute awards Young Innovator Grants to address gaps in medical education

November 18, 2014 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute has awarded RightCare Alliance Young Innovator Grants to 11 enterprising projects that inspire junior faculty, medical and nursing students, residents and other trainees in the health professions to challenge the culture of overuse in healthcare. The Lown Institute selected the winners from 80 project applications that comprise more than 200 individuals from 25 states and the District of Columbia.

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Overuse conference to inspire change toward the right care for patients

October 2, 2014 (Boston, MA)—Lown Institute will hold its third annual conference, titled Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform, on March 8-11, 2015 at the Omni San Diego Hotel. The conference will bring together physicians, nurses, community leaders, patient advocates, students and others who are prepared to address the widespread overuse of unnecessary care and the underuse of needed care. In addition to offering health care professionals concrete tools for changing their own practices, this meeting will inspire all to advocate for transformative change in the healthcare system.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards $2 million to Lown Institute

July 23, 2014 (Boston, MA)–Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, has received a $2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The funding will support the RightCare Alliance, an initiative aimed at increasing clinician awareness of overuse and creating tools to foster change in the ways that doctors deliver care.

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Lown Institute Makes Fellow Appointments

July 1, 2014 (Boston, MA)–The Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, appointed two senior Fellows for an 18-month term. Brandon Combs, MD, FACP, assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Adam Elshaug, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Health Care Policy at The University of Sydney Medical School, are the first fellow appointments of the Lown Institute.

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Lown Institute Appoints Leaders in Health Care to Board

June 17, 2014 (Boston, MA)-The Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, elected three directors to serve on its board. Chairman Nassib Chamoun welcomed Dr. David Bor, Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, and Dr. Michael Fine at a recent Lown Institute board meeting…

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