Lown Annual Conferences

Lown Annual Conferences


 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference
& Inaugural Pre-Conference Research Day 

The Lown Institute
4th Annual Conference, April 16-17
Pre-Conference Research Day, April 15
JW Marriott Chicago
151 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL  60603

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2016 Lown Institute Conference Program

Another must-attend conference—including, for the first time, a special pre-conference academic research day! Come join us for the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17, 2016 in Chicago.

Join hundreds of clinicians, researchers, patient advocates and medical, nursing and public health representatives at this event addressing right care—the avoidance of both medical overuse and underuse. Hear from our conference speakers: Jeffrey Brenner, MD; Gordon Guyatt, MD; John Ioannidis, MD; Joanne Lynn, MD; and Rita Redberg. Network with colleagues, and participate in workshops focused on transforming clinical culture, adopting RightCare initiatives, novel medical education approaches, high-value care, and faculty development.

Special early bird registration and student and trainee discounts are available. Register today. See you in Chicago.


2015 Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform 

The Lown Institute’s

Third Annual Conference

Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform

Omni San Diego Hotel

March 8-11, 2015

Omni Hotel in San Diego California

Omni San Diego Hotel

We’re building a movement for change

Imagine a healthcare system that is absolutely remarkable. Patients feel well cared for, and receive the care they need, no more and no less. Imagine a gathering of committed, passionate, and skilled physicians, health care workers and advocates who won’t stop until they make that system real.

The third annual Lown Institute conference is building a movement to transform healthcare, and we want you to be part of it. The focus of our upcoming meeting is overtreatment and under-treatment that harms patients. These are symptoms of a healthcare system that is failing to fulfill the social mission of medicine.

Those who attend this meeting will have an opportunity to meet clinicians, patient advocates, and community leaders, learn from one another, uncover the deeply embedded causes and consequences of medical misuse and find innovative ways to address it.

We want to change the culture of medicine—with your input.

You will:

  • Hear from our extraordinary speakers
  • Participate in workshops that promise to inspire and engage all in the transformation of medicine
  • Take home our organizing messages to activate change in your institution and community
  • Network with colleagues from near and far
  • Learn about our Young Innovators and Do No Harm projects


No matter where you’re from and what you do, you’ll be energized by this important conference…and it just happens to take place in beautiful, sunny San Diego!

Click here to view the 2015 conference agenda.



2013: From Avoidable Care to Right Care

In December 2013, the Lown Institute hosted its 2nd annual conference, From Avoidable Care to Right Care. The conference gathered more than 300 clinicians, patient advocates, and civic leaders to deepen our mutual understanding of the cultural, scientific, and ethical issues surrounding the overuse of medical services. The goal of meeting was to provide attendees with priorities for addressing overuse and build a network of collaborators dedicated to bringing right care to their patients and communities.

Major themes:

• fostering a new conversation among clinicians, patients, and civil society;

• envisioning health and health care 25 years from now;

• understanding the moral and spiritual dimensions of overuse; and

• exploring fear and loathing around medical malpractice.

Featured speakers:

Don Berwick, MD, MPH, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Harlan Krumholz, MD, Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine; Katy Butler, Author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door; Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat., Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research; and Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Mkor Shalom.

To view additional videos from the 2013 conference, visit our YouTube channel! More information on the 2013 conference is available here.

2012: Avoiding Avoidable Care

On April 24th and 25th 2012, more than 150 physicians, medical educators, policymakers, insurance and hospital executives, and health care journalists gathered to wrestle with the problem of overtreatment.

Organized by the Lown Institute and the New America Foundation, and co-hosted by the Institute of Medicine, the two-day conference aimed to address the problem of overtreatment in health care from several perspectives. The conference’s chief goals were to identify the drivers of avoidable care and develop solutions to overuse, one of the largest sources of risk to patients – and wasted money – in our health care system.

Featured speakers included: Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine; Dr. Don Berwick, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Dr. Rita Redberg, editor of JAMA Internal Medicine; and Dr. Bernard Lown, Senior Physician (ret.) of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

For more information on the 2012 conference, visit avoidablecare.org.





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