Vikas Saini


Vikas Saini

Vikas Saini, MD is President of the Lown Institute. He is a clinical cardiologist trained by Dr Bernard Lown at Harvard, where he has taught and done research. He has also been an entrepreneur as scientific co-founder of Aspect Medical Systems, the pioneer in noninvasive consciousness monitoring in the operating room with the BIS device. He was in private practice in cardiology for over 15 years on Cape Cod, where he also founded a primary care physician network participating in global payment contracts.

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, where he initiated the first course focused on policy translation for cardiovascular disease prevention.

In April 2012, Dr. Saini convened the Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference with the noted author Shannon Brownlee. This was the first major academic conference focused on the problem of overuse of health care services. Dr. Saini led the international writing group of the Right Care series of papers commissioned by The Lancet and published in January 2017. With Ms. Brownlee, he is a 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.

Dr. Saini has spoken and presented research about avoiding unnecessary care at professional meetings around the world and has been quoted in numerous print media, radio, and television.

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

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 Conference (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