The annual Birnbaum Endowed Lecture was established in 2000 to honor Group Health founders Hilde and Bill Birnbaum's long-term commitment to Group Health and their passion for using research to improve patient care.
In addition to the lecture, the event features the presentation of the annual Birnbaum Award, an honor that goes to a Group Health work team that has made extraordinary contributions to successful research at Group Health. Each year, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) staff members nominate teams for this award. Winners are selected by GHRI scientific investigators.
View the 2016 Birnbaum Lecture videos (YouTube)
2016 keynote speaker: Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore city health commissioner and professor of emergency medicine and of health policy at George Washington University.
Group Health’s Behavioral Health Integration Team: Dr. Katharine Bradley, Dr. Ryan Caldeiro, Amy Lee, Dr. Paula Lozano, Dr. Larry Marx, and Rebecca Parrish.
2015 keynote speaker: Dr. Mike Evans, associate professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Group Health’s Shared Decision Making Implementation Team: Dr. Jane Ann Dimer; Kim Wicklund, Dr. Marc Mora, Dr. David McCulloch, Dr. David Arterburn, Emily Westbrook, Dr. Christopher Cable, Dr. Matthew Handley, Dr. Charles Jung, and Dr. Marc Lowe.
View the 2014 Birnbaum Lecture videos (YouTube)
Introduction: Greg Simon, MD, MPH, senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute and a Group Health psychiatrist.
Moderator: Joanne Silberner, artist-in-residence at the University of Washington and former health policy correspondent for National Public Radio.
Award: Group Health Radiology Team for Improving Safety of CT Scanning
Speaker: Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Award: Opioid Prescribing Safety Initiative Team
Speaker: Robert Evans, PhD
Professor of Economics, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia
Award: Group Health Oncology and Hematology Chief Dr. Eric Chen
Speaker: Brent James, MD, MStat
Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare
Award: Dr. Nan Smith and team: “Healthy Options Healthy Families—Improving the Quality of Care for Young Families”
Speaker: Mollyann Brodie, PhD
Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation
Award: Group Health Clinical Pharmacists
Speaker: Richard Deyo, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-based Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
Speaker: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD
President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Award: Group Health Cooperative's Northgate Medical Center Team #2
Speaker: William "Bill" H. Foege, MD, MPH
Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Award: Group Health's Breast Cancer Screening Program
Speaker: Karen Davis, PhD
President of The Commonwealth Fund
Award: Group Health's Physical Therapy Department
Speaker: Robert "Tommy" Thompson, MD
Director Emeritus, Group Health Permanente Department of Preventive Care; Senior Investigator, Group Health Center for Health Studies
Award: Group Health's Central and Eastside Gastroenterology (GI) Teams
Speaker: Eric Larson, MD, MPH
Director, Group Health Center for Health Studies
Award: Group Health's Information Systems Division
Speaker: Ed Wagner, MD, MPH
Director, MacColl Institute; Senior Investigator, Center for Health Studies
Award: Group Health's Breast Cancer Screening Program nurses
Speaker: David Sobel, MD, MPH
Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
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