Dr. Combs is an assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP). As a senior Fellow at the Lown Institute, he will develop tools that physicians can use to recognize the causes and consequences of inappropriate tests and treatments. As part of the Lown Institute’s Right Care Alliance, he is managing the broad implementation of the Do No Harm Project, a series of clinical vignettes written by trainees to improve recognition of harms caused by medical overuse, across the country. The Do No Harm Project was inspired by the Lown Institute’s 2012 Annual Meeting, Avoiding Avoidable Care. Dr. Combs co-founded the nationally-recognized Do No Harm Project in 2012, which has been recognized by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the American College of Physicians. He is also a section editor of “Teachable Moments,” a series in JAMA Internal Medicine inspired by the Do No Harm Project.
Dr. Combs is a primary care physician and general internist and is actively involved in medical student and resident education in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. His academic interests include medical education, evidence based medicine, decision-making around cancer screening, and improving value in health care.
Dr. Cho is the Director of Quality & Patient Safety for Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and Senior Fellow at the Lown Institute. His research focuses on the relationship of overuse to patient harm. He develops projects that bridges education with systems implementation, including the Student High Value Care Initiative and the OCCAM’s Conference, which was awarded the RightCare Young Innovator Grant. Additionally, his work includes the dissemination of RightCare Rounds across the country.
Since he became an academic hospitalist in 2011, he has lectured widely and received over 30 awards and recognition related with value, quality and education, including the Choosing Wisely Award from Society of Hospital Medicine, the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Award from Costs of Care and ABIM Foundation, the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award, and Top Hospitalist honor from ACP Hospitalist magazine. Dr. Cho graduated from Cornell University and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was selected as Clinical Quality Fellow for the Greater New York Hospital Association & United Hospital Fund.
Dr. Elshaug is a Professor of Health Care Policy and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. He is an internationally-recognized researcher and policy advisor with expertise in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. As Senior Fellow at Lown Institute, Dr. Elshaug is lending his expertise in addressing low-value health care to several RightCare Alliance initiatives. This includes identifying the needs in the area of low-value care and writing a research agenda on overuse and avoidable care, to name a few.
Dr. Elshaug works closely with the Australian government (including Medicare Australia) and third party payers in health care to design and implement reforms aimed at optimizing heath care safety and value. Previous roles include The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow in New York City, NHMRC Sidney Sax Public Health Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Irby teaches internal medicine and microbiology to acupuncture students at NESA-MCPHS. He is developing a mindfulness meditation program for faculty and students, and has pioneered new curriculum for teaching the neuroscience elucidating the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Before attending Columbia University, BA, 2002, where he majored in anthropology and neuroscience, he studied integrative medicine, Indo-Tibetan Buddhist medicine, Korean Zen meditation and traditional Chinese acupressure. He also volunteered at the Manhattan Center for Living treating patients facing life challenging illness during the AIDS crisis.
Before attending Boston University School of Medicine, MD, 2009, Dr. Irby served as a research coordinator for the Sub-Arachnoid Hemorrhage Outcomes Project in the Columbia University /New York Presbyterian Hospital Neuro-ICU. Currently Dr. Irby is a Robert Wood Johnson fellow at the Lown Institute / Right Care Alliance in Brookline, MA focusing on health care reform policy and community organizing.
Aaron Stupple, MD, is an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His career began as a science teacher in rural upstate New York where he developed enrichment programs for at-risk teenagers. Eager to have more impact in the lives of troubled youth, he enrolled in medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, where he found a home in general medicine. There, his interests broadened, shifting from youth to aging and elder care, as well as the role of social media and digital technology in healthcare reform. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies.
Stupple practices hospital medicine, for which he is board certified. His clinical interest is communication at the end of life. He is a member of the National Physicians Alliance where he is completing a Copello Fellowship project to reduce overuse. Stupple contributed to the planning and implementation of the Institute’s RightCare Action Week; he was interviewed about the initiative for a radio program of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and was featured in The Boston Globe for the Listening Booth, the public engagement project he chose to undertake for the initiative. Currently, he supports Vikas Saini, MD, and the Lown Institute staff in organizing Boston-area clinicians to mobilize public support for healthcare delivery change at the local level.