Lown Presents

The Lown Presents series provides a deep dive into topics at the intersection of health policy, health equity, and high-value care. These free live streamed conversations feature experts with a variety of perspectives on health care, including hospital leaders, public health experts, patient advocates, thought leaders, and policymakers. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index provides a backdrop for discussions.


May 4, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of unnecessary tests and procedures are performed by hospitals each year, putting patients at risk and wasting resources.

Find out which hospitals in the country are best at avoiding low-value services like hysterectomy, stents, and head imaging, when the 2021 Avoiding Overuse results of the Lown Institute Hospitals Index are released!

  • Rita Redberg, cardiologist and professor, UCSF Medical Center, and Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Mark Smith, founding president and former CEO, California Healthcare Foundation
  • Vikas Saini, president, Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, special advisor to the president, Lown Institute
  • Also featuring leaders of some of the Top Hospitals on avoiding overuse!


January 27, 2021

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the health of each of us matters. But is a competitive hospital market the best way to ensure every person gets the care they need?

  • Paul Levy, Former President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Jill Horwitz, Vice Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
  • Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior VP of the Lown Institute


October 21, 2020

How does structural racism manifest in the hospital sector and what can we do about it?

  • Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior VP or the Lown Institute
  • Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Milton R. Nuñez, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/ Lincoln