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.
“The real quest in medicine today is not to find cures, but care with a human face,” says Dr. Vikas Saini, Lown Institute President. “Drs. Bor, Davis, and Fine bring a wealth of experience in developing solutions that work and benefit society—from policy, to medical education, to delivering patient care—and we are honored to have them join our board.”
Chairman Nassib Chamoun welcomed Dr. David Bor, Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, and Dr. Michael Fine at a recent Lown Institute board meeting. “We are on the cusp of a major transformation of our health care delivery system. While many are focused on who is going to pay for services, we are dedicated to improving how care is provided,” says Chamoun. “Our aim is to restore the health of the doctor-patient relationship and deliver the right care to patients and communities. The collective experience of Drs. Bor, Davis, and Fine will be invaluable to our efforts, and we look forward to their contributions.”
David Bor, MD is Chief of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the Charles S. Davidson Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Since joining CHA in 1981, he has advanced patient care by spearheading new programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and community-based primary care. He also co-founded both the Cambridge “Health of the City” program and the Institute for Community Health. Dr. Bor’s current work includes integrating new clinical practice models with innovative medical education programs. In the academic arena, Dr. Bor has earned the HMS Dean’s Award for Community Service, the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and the Dean’s award for the advancement of women in medicine. “Cambridge Health Alliance is focused on patient-centered, coordinated, high value care for the benefit of our patients and communities,” says Dr. Bor. “Providing the right care starts with individualized care that begins with consideration of a patient’s values and social circumstances. I look forward to working closely with the Lown Institute and furthering our collective goal of a more just health care system.”
Aretha Delight Davis, MD, JD, is the co-founder and Executive Director of ACP Decisions, a non-profit foundation that empowers patients and families with knowledge about their medical choices. ACP Decisions creates video support tools to aid in decision-making during patient-provider conversations. ACP Decisions got its start with a successful video series focusing on end-of-life care. Dr. Davis has had a long standing interest in applying her legal skills for vulnerable populations within the health care system to promote more patient-centered care. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Davis was a practicing attorney who advocated on behalf of Medicaid recipients and the uninsured, as well as represented individuals and corporations in corporate criminal matters. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a medical degree from Harvard. “I am thrilled to join the Lown Institute Board of Directors,” says Dr. Davis. “At ACP Decisions, we believe patients and families can and should participate in their health care, and patient/doctor relationships must rely on shared knowledge and open communication. The efforts of the Lown Institute, specifically the restoration of the doctor-patient relationship, align well with our philosophy.”
Michael Fine, MD has served as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health since July 2011. In this role, Fine oversees the state agency, with more than 400 employees and an operating budget of $110 million, responsible for coordinating a broad range of public health programs and services. Among his visionary work is the Rhode Island Primary Care Trust, a project to bring high quality, affordable, and patient friendly health care services into every Rhode Island neighborhood. Previously, Dr. Fine was Medical Program Director at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections; founder and Managing Director of HealthAccessRI, the nation’s first statewide organization making prepaid, reduced fee-for-service primary care available to people without employer-provided health insurance; Physician Operating Officer of Hillside Avenue Family and Community Medicine; and Physician-in-Chief of the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals’ Departments of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Fine also founded the non-profit Scituate Health Alliance, making rural Scituate, Rhode Island the first community in the United States to provide primary medical and dental care to all its residents. Fine is the coauthor, with James W. Peters, of The Nature of Health (Radcliffe, 2007), a study of healthcare services, human rights, society, technology, and industry. “Americans deserve access to a health care system that provides quality care while reducing costs. We have a duty to keep people healthy enough to work and learn, and to maintain a rich community life,” says Dr. Fine. “The Lown Institute’s effort in building a network of clinicians, community groups, and patients is critical to ensuring we develop a health services delivery system that matters.”