Prior Year Conferences


2017: 5th Annual Lown Institute Conference

Beyond the Bottom Line: Defending the Human Connection in Health Care

Boston Marriott Quincy

May 5-7, 2017

Lown 2017 Conference Report (pdf)

Each year an estimated $200 billion to $900 billion is wasted on overuse, with unnecessary tests and treatments harming patients. While hospital administrators too often focus on the bottom line, they ignore what’s right for patients. Join us as we explore and expose the system’s hidden failures and chart a new course forward. Come hear our world-renowned speakers, participate in our skills-building workshops and network with peers. No matter what your background, specialty or experience, you’ll be inspired by this one-of-a-kind conference and will leave with a renewed connection to the humanitarian ideals of American health care.

2016: 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference & Inaugural Pre-Conference Research Day

JW Marriott Chicago

April 16-17 (Pre-Conference Research Day, April 15)

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.

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2016 Lown Institute Conference Program


2015: Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform

Omni San Diego Hotel

March 8-11

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.

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, 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!


2012: Avoiding Avoidable Care

On April 24th and 25th, 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