Vikas Saini, MD

May 7th, 2014

Vikas Saini, MD is President of the Lown Institute. He completed his MD with distinction from Dalhousie University in Halifax (1980), residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview, and a Lown Fellowship at Harvard and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a house officer he was the President of the Baltimore Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Dr. Saini joined the Lown Group in 1987 before leaving to co-found Aspect Medical Systems, the pioneer in consciousness monitoring technologies in the operating room and critical care setting. There he served on the Board of Directors and was the first Vice-President for Research. He organized the company’s initial clinical research trials and helped secure early rounds of angel and venture capital investments for the development of the BIS monitor before returning to the practice of cardiology. Aspect Medical made its initial public offering in 2000 and was acquired by Covidien in 2009.

While in private practice, Dr. Saini was a founding partner of The Cardiovascular Specialists, the largest cardiovascular practice on Cape Cod. He also founded and was Chairman of Cape Physicians, LLC, a primary care physician network participating in global and alternative payment methods which has remained financially successful since its inception.

Dr. Saini being interviewed for a documentary film.

In 2007 Dr. Saini returned to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as an attending physician and to the Lown Institute as President. Dr. Saini is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard, he initiated the first course focused on policy translation for the global prevention of cardiovascular disease.

With Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation, Dr. Saini convened the Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference in April 2012, the first major academic conference focused on the problem of overuse. That event has evolved into the annual Lown Conference. With Ms. Brownlee, he is the co-convener of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots network of physicians, nurses, patient activists, and community leaders dedicated to creating public demand for care that is safe, effective, affordable, and just.

He has spoken and presented research about avoiding unnecessary care at professional meetings around the world.  Dr. Saini has been a columnist for Prevention India magazine, has been quoted in numerous print media, and has been a guest commentator on radio and television. His intellectual interests include nutritional and preventive cardiology, technology applications for medicine, the biology of aging, and global health.

Vikas Saini’s Speaking Engagements


Medical Grand Rounds – Drug Pricing in America: A Case Study of Market Failure
Case Western Reserve University Hospital (Cleveland, OH) – May 14, 2019


Insulin in America: A Case Study in Market Failure
Joslin Diabetes Center (Boston, MA) – October 24, 2018 

The ORBITA Study: Evidence Base Prior to the Study, Study Design, Findings, Lingering Questions
Yale University (New Haven, CT) – May 31, 2018

Keynote: Challenges Faced for Right/Ethical Healthcare in a Global Context
Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (New Delhi, India ) – April 2018 

Breaking the Cycle of High Cost & Low Value: America’s Next Health System. Welcome, Introductions, and Closing Remarks
Lown Institute  (Washington, DC) – April 9-10, 2018

Cardiology Grand Rounds
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Burlington, MA) -February 15, 2018


The Challenge of Delivering the Right Care
Hospital Compliance Forum. (Sao Paul, Brazil) – November 30, 2017

The Concept of Appropriateness of Care and Its Determinants (panel)
Colloque HAS (La Haute Autorité de Santé) (Paris, France) – November 14, 2017

Restoring Relationships to Transform Healthcare
McGill School of Medicine (Montreal, Canada) – October 12, 2017

Medical Grand Rounds
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) – October 10, 2017

Providing the Right Care: A Systematic Framework
High Value Practice Academic Research Alliance (Baltimore, MD) – October 9, 2017

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine  (Columbia, Missouri) – October 7, 2017

The Challenge of Defining the Right Care
The Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians (Osage Beach, MO) – September 16, 2017

Defining the Right Care Requires a New Science.
Preventing Overdiagnosis 2017 (Quebec, Canada) – August 19, 2017

The Fourth International Seminar on Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence. Madrid, Spain. May 11, 2017

Beyond the Bottom Line: Defending the Human Connection in Health Care. Welcome, Introductions, and Closing Remarks
Lown Institute (Quincy, MA) –  May 5-7, 2017

Focus on Efficiency
Technical Working Group (Washington, DC) –  April 20, 2017

A Hundred Year Flood: Rethinking Modern Medicine (Medical Grand Rounds)
Stanford School of Medicine  (Stanford, CA) – April 12, 2017