Lown Institute awarded $2.3 million grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address medical overuse

February 9, 2016 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute, an action-driven think tank dedicated to transforming health care, is pleased to announce today that it has been awarded a two-year grant, totaling $2.3 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the cultural aspect of medical overuse. The grant cycle runs through January 2018.

“We are delighted that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has again awarded us a generous grant to help with our ongoing work addressing the culture of excessive medical services, which harm patients,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Institute. “With this award, we will continue to build our network of doctors, nurses, and patients who recognize the epidemic of unnecessary care and the harm it causes, and are dedicated to improving the quality of health care services, making care more affordable and patient-centered.”

The grant will support several of the Institute’s far-reaching objectives for increasing awareness among clinicians of the drivers and consequences of overuse and speeding the development of tools that inspire a change in attitudes, values and behaviors that contribute to the problem. It will support the Young Innovator program, the Right Care Educator program, and the Right Care Alliance, a growing network of health care professionals and patients. It will also support the Institute’s yearly conference, regional meetings, and leadership trainings designed to promote its vision of a safe, effective, affordable and just health care system.

In 2014, the Foundation had provided the Institute with a $2 million grant.

About the Lown Institute
The Lown Institute, a nonprofit, action-driven think tank, is dedicated to transforming the culture of medicine and building a health care system that is affordable, effective, personal and just. The Institute was founded by renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bernard Lown, MD, and supports his vision for compassionate healthcare. Visit and follow us on Twitter at @LownInstitute.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

Margie Coloian
Director of Communications