PRESS RELEASE: Lown Institute welcomes Kern, Robinson, Rogers to board

Boston, MA — The Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think tank setting the standards for social responsibility in the healthcare sector, announces the election of Rae Robinson, Selwyn Rogers Jr., and Daniel Kern to its board of directors. The expansion of the board comes as the Institute builds upon the success of the Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility, a nationwide ranking with never-before-used metrics such as racial inclusivity, community benefit spending, and avoidance of overuse.

“Public demand for a more just and equitable healthcare system is growing in America,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “These board members are key additions that will make the Institute an even stronger advocate for the change we all want and need.”

Rae Robinson, MPH, MSW is Managing Director and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at SKDK, a public affairs and political consulting firm. She leads SKDK’s Multicultural Communications and Engagement Practice, working with some of the world’s most recognized companies and nonprofit organizations committed to advancing racial, social, and economic justice. Robinson has nearly two decades of leadership experience in multicultural, corporate, and nonprofit communications. Previously, she has held positions at national PR firms, national nonprofit organizations, and education institutions leading large-scale communications and public affairs efforts. Her work has influenced key policies on corporate diversity and inclusion, child victimization, and homelessness and housing insecurity. 

Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, is a widely respected surgeon and public health expert. As founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, Dr. Rogers has built an interdisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients who suffer injury from life-threatening events. Additionally, as executive vice president for community health engagement, Dr. Rogers works with faculty across the University of Chicago as well as members of the community to develop multidisciplinary approaches to trauma care and health disparities. He previously served as vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, chair of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and division chief of trauma, burns, and surgical critical care at Harvard Medical School.

Daniel S. Kern, CFA, CFP, is Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at TFC Financial Management, where he is responsible for overseeing TFC’s investment process, research activities and portfolio strategy. He is a regular contributor to media around investments and ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance). Prior to joining TFC, Kern was the President and Chief Investment Officer at Advisor Partners and Portfolio Manager at Charles Schwab Investment Management. 

About the Lown Institute

Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter, the Lown Institute believes that a radically better system of health is possible and generates bold ideas towards that goal. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is a signature project of the Institute and features measures never used before like Fair Share spending, racial inclusivity, and pay equity.

Media contact: Aaron Toleos, vice president of communications for the Lown Institute,