MEDIA ADVISORY: 6th Annual Lown Institute Conference

January 30th, 2018



Sixth Annual Lown Institute Conference:

Breaking the Cycle of High Cost & Low Value: America’s Next Health System  

Free media registration is available.



The 2018 Lown Institute Conference brings together clinicians, patients, researchers, and policymakers to advance bold ideas for controlling overuse and skyrocketing costs, bring focus to a vision for America’s next health system, and spotlight the pioneers proving that progress is absolutely possible.

A greatly improved system of health must be realized in America–and Lown 2018 is the place to be for those ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Topics to be addressed at this year’s conference, through presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops:

  • Single Payer: moving from idea to implementation, including commentary from experts from the Canadian and Australian systems and a proposal for using Medicare Advantage

  • The crisis in affordability: drivers of high cost and innovative approaches to solving out-of-control drug prices, hospital costs, and the cost of overuse

  • Low-value care: changes needed to research, regulation, and clinical practice to reduce overuse–featuring panels on the opioid crisis and the controversial ORBITA trial

Attendees are eligible to earn up to 12.75 CME/CE credits.



Capital Hilton, Washington, DC



April 9 & 10, 2018
Discounted early bird registration: Through February 28.
Registration: (Complementary for media).



Leading Clinicians, Economists, Commentators, and Activists: 

Steven Brill: Longtime journalist and founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, Brill’s Content Magazine and Journalism Online, Brill is author of the 2015 bestseller, America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.

Danielle Martin: A family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. Dr. Martin co-founded the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system, and recently published Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of All Canadians.

George Halverson: Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding, Halverson has served for more than 30 years as CEO of six different health care delivery and financing organizations in the U.S., including Kaiser Permanente. Halverson also chairs California’s Commission for Children and Families.

Victor Montori: Endocrinologist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic. He is one of the most cited clinical researchers in the world, having authored or co-authored over 580 research articles, and a recipient of the Karis Award, a patient-nominated recognition. In 2016, Victor founded The Patient Revolution, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing careful and kind patient care for all. His book, Why We Revolt, is a series of personal essays describing what is wrong with industrial health care.  


About the Lown Institute

Founded by world-renowned cardiologist and humanitarian Bernard Lown, the Lown Institute is exposing the failures of the U.S. health care system and advancing a vision that supports universal access to cost-effective, patient-centered care. The institute is led by cardiologist Dr. Vikas Saini and Shannon Brownlee, an award-winning science journalist and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.

Support for this conference is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a platinum level sponsor, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Views expressed at the conference do not necessarily reflect the views of funders.


For further information contact:

Karen Kahn