Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is senior vice president of the Lown Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Boston, MA. She and Lown Institute president Dr. Vikas Saini are co-founders of the Right Care Alliance, a network of activist patients, clinicians, and community leaders. As a senior fellow of the New America Foundation, Brownlee 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 was a senior writer at US News and World Report and Discover Magazine, and is a nationally known writer and essayist whose work has also appeared in The AtlanticNew York Times MagazineThe Washington Post, Times of LondonTime, Los Angeles Times, The Lancet, and BMJ, among many other publications. From 2014-16 she served as an editor of the Less is More section of JAMA Internal Medicine, and was a lecturer from 2011-14 at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is currently a member of the boards of the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice and FamiliesUSA, and is a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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