Creating Value Challenge 2015


    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    • Faculty Investigator at Ariadne Labs
    Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills. He has been listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can cause financial harm to patients. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a faculty investigator at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation, where he studies the impact of system complexity on discretionary clinical decisions. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients from childbirth through menopause and practices both primary care and surgery. Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and received degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a co-author of the textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care expected from McGraw-Hill in early 2015.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
    Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care
    Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of...
    • Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Chris Moriates is the Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. He is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based healthcare for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as building a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across the healthcare community in Austin.

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Resident at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center
    Marissa Camilon MD was born and raised in San Diego, CA before attending college at the University of California Irvine majoring in Biology with a minor in History. She completed medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr Camilon is currently an Emergency Medicine resident at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. She is interested in medical education, providing healthcare to the underserved population, and international medicine. As a medical student, Marissa was a columnist for blog HouseCallMD. She is involved in the Committee of Intern and Residents at her institution and is currently a WikEM section editor. In her (rare) free time, Dr Camilon loves to bake, hike, spend time with her fiancé and family, and read non-medical books.
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Anesthesiology
    • Anesthesiologist, Intensivist at Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    Dr. Craig Chen began blogging as a young high school student in Orange County, California. He parlayed his writing talents into a minor in creative writing at Stanford University, while also double majoring in philosophy and biology. While in college, Dr. Chen witnessed the rise of social media and saw firsthand its power to reach large audiences from every corner of the globe. When he attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he decided to create a journal to capture the experience and transformation of becoming a physician. As readers began following and commenting on the blog, he realized what a useful tool it was for the patient, family member and layperson to understand the culture and inner-workings of medicine. Dr. Chen finished his anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine fellowship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is currently practicing both anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at a community hospital in the Bay Area.
  • Heather Alva is currently a third year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Stanford University in 2010 where she studied healthcare reform and creative writing. After graduating, she spent a year interning for a nonprofit in hepatitis B prevention before she joined a clinical research team in Stanford’s Department of Anesthesia and worked as coordinator for the 2011 Stanford Medicine X Summit. As a patient with type 1 diabetes of over 15 years, she is passionate about bridging gaps between patients and physicians to improve the practice of patient-centric medicine. She enjoys live music wherever she can find it, fiction prose, and spending time with her beloved retriever mix, Hector.
  • Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam is currently a third year medical student at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. In 2010, Jennifer received a concentration in Film Studies and a secondary concentration in Health Policy from Harvard College. She subsequently attended Columbia University where she received a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine, a field of study that allowed her to further synthesize her interests in medicine and media. Ultimately, Jennifer hopes to pursue a dual career as a physician and a medical journalist. She is also committed to increasing the diversity of the physician workforce and alleviating health disparities by empowering underrepresented and disadvantaged minorities to pursue medical careers. As a participant in the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reporting Media Fellowship Program, Jennifer further cultivated her passion for using the media as a tool to educate and inform the public about issues in healthcare. She has also interned for CNN's Medical Unit and has served as a health contributor for NBC's the Grio, The Huffington Post, Policy Mic and WTJU-FM radio. Jennifer is the founding editor of The Intima, a Journal of Narrative Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Health information technology
    • General medicine
    • Evidence-based medicine
    • Strategy Consulting
    • Clinical Medicine, Medical Writing/Editing, MedTech Startups, Medical Devices, Aministration
    • Technology, Innovation and Education
    • Family and Community Medicine
    • Digital health
    • Neurosciences
    • MedTech
    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality
    • Medical Technology
    • mobile health
    • mobile apps
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of Digital Health, Brain Power. 
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of Digital Health, Brain Power. 
    • Health and Medicine Consultant at Khan Academy

    Arshya Vahabzadeh M.D. is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and behavioral health. He is committed to addressing the world's most pressing healthcare needs through medical innovation, in particular the challenges faced by individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. He is a "40 under 40" healthcare innovator according to MedTechBoston. Dr. Vahabzadeh is the Director of Digital Health at Brain Power. Brain Power is a company that builds neuroscience-based software and hardware that transform current wearable computers into neuro-assistive and educational devices for autism. He is the former Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. He is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. Dr. Vahabzadeh is widely published in clinical neuroscience, digital health, and medical communication. He has written numerous media editorials and leads a federally funded program to provide autism educational outreach. He has received over 20 national and international awards from organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the American College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    • Internal Medicine
    Internal Medicine Resident at UCSF
    Internal Medicine Resident at UCSF
    • Resident Physician at San Francisco General Hospital
    Elaine Khoong, MD MS is in her second year of internal medicine residency at the primary care program at San Francisco General Hospital at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). After graduating from the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in business and engineering. Before entering medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Khoong taught high school science in Chicago as a Teach For America corps member. During her time as a teacher, she cemented her desire to work in under-resourced urban communities as a primary care physician. In the future, she hopes to not only practice as a clinician but also to research and implement strategies to deliver better health care to urban populations.
  • Kerri Vincenti, M.D., attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate where she received a degree in Marketing and Management. While working in advertising after graduation, she engaged in a number of outreach and community service activities where she realized that her skills and interests would be better served in the field of medicine. After completing a post-baccalaureate program at the City College of New York, she was accepted to and subsequently graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in May 2014 as a member of the Medical Education Leadership Track. Dr. Vincenti is currently a preliminary medicine resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where she will also be completing her residency in radiology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. Dr. Vincenti is interested in the role that healthcare technology plays in the medical school classroom to help facilitate active learning skills among trainees. She is also interested in understanding how different forms of social media can be used to effectively promote a healthcare system's brand and services to patients.
    • Business Development
    • Health Policy
    Wash U. MS2, President of Wash. U's AMA Chapter, Health Policy Advocate, Entrepreneur
    Wash U. MS2, President of Wash. U's AMA Chapter, Health Policy Advocate, Entrepreneur
    Ramin Lalezari is currently a second year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Mr. Lalezari grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California – Los Angeles, majoring in business economics. His senior thesis investigated the workers’ compensation overhaul of the 1980s. He has a strong interest in health policy and often advocates in Jefferson City (Mo.) and Washington, D.C. He is currently the president of his medical school’s chapter of the American Medical Association, and served as a voting delegate to the Medical Student Section’s annual meeting. Mr. Lalezari is passionate about incorporating issues of health economics into medical education and helped construct a case-based elective course for his medical school’s fourth year class called “The Business of Medicine.” As a project manager for Washington University’s homegrown incubator, IDEA Labs, he led a group constructing a device to quantify blood pressure noninvasively and continuously. He is currently a Writing Fellow at The American Resident Project. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Resident Physician at Hospital
    Danielle is an Ob/Gyn resident in Texas where she lives with her husband, twin girls, and three crazy dogs. She blogs about medical training, mothering multiples, life, and everything in between at Mind On Medicine. In her free time she enjoys taking the time to breathe, shower, or even eat a full meal while seated. Danielle went to college at Texas A&M University (Gig 'Em Aggies!) and completed her medical school at Texas Tech. She is interested in fertility medicine, social media, and health technology.
  • September Wallingford is the Director of Operations for Costs of Care. She is also a registered nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. September believes nurses play a vital role in creating value for patients and their families. She advocates for nurses to be full, collaborative partners in high value care. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University.
    • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    • Quality Improvement
    • Health Services Research
    Neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Timmy Ho is an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. He recently finished neonatology training in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. During his clinical fellowship, he was also the first joint research fellow in the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. A Bostonian to the core, Timmy was born in Boston and has never left. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. He then completed pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. His research interests focus on increasing value in the care delivered to neonates and their families. His most recent work, the Choosing Wisely Top Five list for Newborn Medicine, identifies a Top Five list of tests and treatments that should prompt further discussion between parents and providers and may be unnecessary. An innovator, he has both participated in and mentored hackathons sponsored by the groups at MIT and Harvard, developed a mobile application to improve resident workflow, and hopes to lead multidisciplinary improvement teams that will transform how healthcare workers care for patients and their families. Outside of the hospital, he maintains a regular yoga practice, collects bowties, enjoys single malt Scotch whiskies, and has been a lifelong member of the Fenway Faithful.
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