Steering Committee


Shannon Brownlee
Washington, DC

Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is senior vice president of the Lown Institute and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Before joining the Lown Institute, in 2013, Brownlee was acting director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, DC. While at New America, she published the ground-breaking book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times. She is a nationally know writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The AtlanticNew York Times MagazineWashington Post, Times of LondonTime, Los Angeles TimesThe Lancet, and BMJ, among many other publications. From 2014-16 Brownlee served as an editor of the Less is More section of JAMA Internal Medicine, and was a lecturer from 2011-15 at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Before joining the New America Foundation, Brownlee has worked as a senior writer at US News and World Report and Discover Magazine. She is currently a member of the boards of the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice and FamiliesUSA. Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Vikas Saini
Boston, MA

Vikas Saini, MD is president of the Lown Institute. After majoring in philosophy at Princeton, with an interest in economics, politics, and history, he completed his MD with Distinction from Dalhousie University in Halifax (1980), residency at Baltimore City Hospitals and Johns Hopkins, and a Lown Cardiology Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard. 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. Dr. Saini is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology and has been on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he initiated the first course on global cardiovascular disease focused on translation, policy, and prevention. He has spoken and presented research about avoiding unnecessary care at professional meetings around the world.  Dr. Saini has been a columnist for Prevention Magazine India. He 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.


Poppy Arford
Brunswick, ME

Poppy is passionate about patients engaging with healthcare providers, organizations and policy makers to achieve right care for all; care that is affordable, transparent, safe, informed and effective. In 2008, propelled by the goal of securing right care for her cancer stricken husband, she became involved in patient centered medical home (PCMH) and health information transparency work in Maine. Since then, she has provided the patient perspective and represented health care consumers in the Maine Quality Counts PCMH Work Group and Choosing Wisely campaign, the Maine Health Data Organization’s Board of Directors and Consumer Advisory Group, the QIN-QIO Patient and Family Advisory Council, and the Right Care Alliance Community Engagement and Primary Care Councils. Poppy is a Hanley Leadership Development program graduate and was honored in 2013 with the Maine Quality Counts Patient Partner award.

Marlene Beggelman
Cambridge, MA

Marlene Beggelman, MD MPH is a primary care physician who has spent decades conducting research, developing technologies, and creating models to reduce overuse and prevent medical errors. She has been a speaker at health care conferences, a policy advisor on government committees, a peer reviewer for JAMA, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard. Marlene received her MD and MPH at Harvard, and a degree in physics at the University of Massachusetts. As a medical student, Marlene had the opportunity to study and work with Dr. Lown’s research organization and now has come full circle as a Right Care Boston volunteer and RCA Steering Committee member. Her hope is that we will transform our health care system from one that prioritizes profits into a one that promotes well-being for every individual, regardless of ability to pay.

Kim DiGioia
Washington, DC

Kim DiGioia, MS, is a Program Associate in the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science team at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, she assists in designing and implementing new initiatives, evaluating proposals, and monitoring programs and awards. Before joining PCORI, Kim worked as manager of research and evaluation at the Lown Institute. Her work at the Lown Institute and in previous positions at Kaiser Permanente and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has focused on investigating social and cultural drivers of poor health, and uncovering innovative solutions to connect health and social care to achieve the quadruple aim. Kim earned a BA in health psychology from Smith College and an MS in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Maia Dorsett
St. Louis, MO

Maia Dorsett MD, PhD is currently an Emergency Physician and a fellow in Emergency Medical Services at Washington University in Saint Louis. She became involved in the Right Care Alliance during her residency, when she became more aware of the harms of medical overuse and the deterioration of patient-physician relationships. Maia initiated the “What’s Your Biggest Worry?” project for Right Care Action Week 2015 with her co-chief resident, Alicia Oberle, to facilitate communication and better understand their patients’ needs. She pursued a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services to explore the growing potential of mobile integrated health initiatives. She is currently co-chair of the Emergency Medicine Council of the RCA and a member of the RCA Steering Committee. She will be moving to Rochester, NY in August 2017 where she has taken a position as clinical faculty at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Stuart Fisk
Pittsburgh, PA

Stuart Fisk has been involved in HIV research, nursing, and prevention since 1988. He has provided hospice, nursing and medical care for persons living with HIV disease since 1992 with a focus on providing care for persons with substance use and mental health disorders. He helped develop programs to provide compassionate and state of the art care for these populations, including Prevention Point Pittsburgh, a syringe exchange program providing a broad range of prevention services for injection drug users in the region. He currently provides primary care for persons with HIV infection at the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital. Stuart is also Director of the Center for Inclusion Health at Allegheny Health Network.

Jonathan Jimenez
Durham, NC

Jonathan was born in Elmhurst Hospital, Queens to Colombian immigrants. He discovered the importance of health when he learned, as a child, that his mother had been orphaned when her father died following open heart surgery. He became a family physician to protect health, but that project led him outside the exam room to study health systems and community organizing. He is committed to doing whatever is necessary so everyone can live their happiest, healthiest life. He is currently a resident at the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.

Jane Muir
Charlotte, VA

Jane Muir, RN, BSN is a nurse in the Emergency Department at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and second major in Spanish Language from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, Jane served as a project manager for the Compassionate Care Initiative, an organization at UVA that offers resiliency practices to student-clinicians and clinicians to reduce burnout and promote healthy work environments. Jane was a Lown Institute Young Innovator Grantee in 2014 and developed the Student Ambassadors of Resiliency (STAR) program, which engaged medical and students in conversations about self-care practices and avoiding overuse as future practitioners. She is currently developing the Right Care Alliance Charlottesville Chapter. During her free time, she enjoys teaching exercise classes in her community, traveling, spending time outside, and listening to podcasts.

Theresa Ojala
Kingman, AZ

Theresa Ojala, RN has been a member of the nursing profession for the past 22+ years. She spent ten years as a frontline emergency department nurse followed by more than twelve years in a variety of nursing leadership roles in emergency services. Her current position is at Kingman Regional Medical Center in Kingman, AZ, where she is the Director of Emergency Services and Clinical Decision Unit. Theresa bases her professional philosophy and practice on servant leadership and maintaining a global perspective of our current health care system. Theresa is chair of the RCA Nursing Council. She believes we cannot effectively affect change without a collaborative effort that includes a cross section of everyone who has a part in both the delivery of health care and those who are on the receiving end of health care.

Casey Quinlan
Richmond, VA

Casey Quinlan covered her share of medical stories as a TV news field producer, and used health care as part of her observational comedy set as a standup comic. So when she got a breast cancer diagnosis five days before Christmas in 2007, she wrote Cancer for Christmas: Making the Most of a Daunting Gift about managing medical care and the importance of health literate self-advocacy. In addition to her ongoing work as a writer, she’s an active blogger and activist, has served on government health care committees, and has presented at numerous patient engagement and health policy conferences. Casey participated in the development of the Patient and Family Engagement Roadmap and was recognized as a patient engagement expert by the World Health Organization. She is a member of the Right Care Alliance Community Engagement Council.

Selwyn Rogers
Chicago, IL

Selwyn Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, serves as the section chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is a trauma surgeon and public health expert whose work seeks to improve quality and access to care for all patients, especially underserved populations. His clinical and research interests have focused on the health care needs of underserved populations. While at Harvard, Selwyn helped to launch the Center for Surgery and Public Health, whose mission is to understand the nature, quality and utilization of surgical care nationally and internationally. He has published numerous articles relating to health disparities and the impact of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes. Selwyn is chair of the Right Care Alliance Surgery Council.

Surafel Tsega
New York, NY

Surafel Tsega, MD was born and raised in Compton, California. He went to UCLA as an undergraduate and recipient of the Jackie Robinson scholarship. He completed medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, then completed his internal medicine residency at New York/Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Hospital. He is a board certified physician now working as a hospitalist and clinician informaticist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is also the co-chair of the Hospital Medicine Council of the Right Care Alliance. He enjoys blogging as the Medical Minimalist on his morning commutes.