Shifting the ‘more is better’ medical paradigm is focus of 4th annual Lown Institute conference

Special academic research day kicks off the event in Chicago,
April 15-17

January 27, 2016 (Boston, MA)—Hundreds of clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, medical, nursing and public health representatives will attend the 4th annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel Chicago. The Lown Conference focuses on the epidemic of unnecessary care in the U.S. health care system, the root causes of this overuse, and ways in which it exacerbates lack of access to needed care.

For the first time this year, the conference will begin with a Research Day, highlighting studies of overuse. Scheduled for April 15, the day will include nearly 60 abstracts submitted by the medical research community. Such research has been lacking until recently, but attention on the widespread problem of unnecessary care has increased the number of studies. Topics covered during this event will include the prevalence and drivers of overuse, harms of overuse, and potential remedies. Rita Redberg, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco and chief editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, the first U.S. medical journal to include a dedicated section on overuse, will kick off the day with her keynote.

On April 16 and 17, speakers and attendees will address the widespread use of excessive tests and treatments in medicine and find ways to curb the ‘more is better’ pattern of the health care delivery system, how to advance the right care in their clinical communities, and restore the relationship between patients and clinicians.

There will be workshops and panel discussions focused on transforming clinical culture, adopting right care initiatives, novel medical education approaches, and a program for nurses to improve the care of patients with advanced illness.

Attendees will hear from the many thought leaders who are making gains toward the transformation that is needed. These include Thomas Cornwell, MD, a Chicago family physician, who is part of a national movement that is reviving house calls for the home-bound; the Young Innovators who are changing medical education with projects that challenge the drivers of overuse; and chief residents from around the nation, named as Right Care Educators last year, who are conducting case presentations at their institutions, and teaching colleagues how to recognize and avoid overuse.

On the final day of the meeting, the Right Care Alliance, a growing movement of health care professionals, trainees, patients and community members, will hold its first national convening.

Conference keynote speakers include:

Jeffrey Brenner, MD, executive director, Camden Coalition
Gordon Guyatt, MD, distinguished professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
John Ioannidis, MD, professor of medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Joanne Lynn, MD, director, Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness
Rita Redberg, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; chief editor, JAMA Internal Medicine

“Our conference is unlike any other in health care,” says Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “It’s the only place where clinicians and non-clinicians can come together, and the only place that makes transparent the terrible cost of failing to ensure that patients get the right care.”

The conference is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit Registration closes on March 18.

Note to reporters and editors: The Lown Institute offers complimentary registration to you to annual meetings. To apply for press credentials, please contact An on-site media center will be available as a work room and setting for conducting speaker interviews.

About the Lown Institute

The Lown Institute, a nonprofit, action-driven think tank, is dedicated to transforming the culture of medicine and building a healthcare 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.

Margie Coloian
Director of Communications