Shannon Brownlee, MSc


Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is senior vice president of the Lown Institute and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She and Lown Institute president, Dr. Vikas Saini, co-founded the Right Care Alliance, a network of activist patients, clinicians, and community leaders.

Before joining the Lown Institute, in 2013, Brownlee was acting director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, DC. While at New America, she published the ground-breaking book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times. She is a nationally know writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The AtlanticNew York Times MagazineWashington Post, Times of LondonTime, Los Angeles Times, The Lancet, and BMJ, among many other publications. From 2014-16 Brownlee served as an editor of the Less is More section of JAMA Internal Medicine, and was a lecturer from 2011-15 at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Before joining the New America Foundation, Brownlee has worked as a senior writer at US News and World Report and Discover Magazine. She is currently a member of the boards of the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice and FamiliesUSA. Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.