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the 2022 Shkreli awards: the WORST in healthcare profiteering and dysfunction
2022 Shkreli Awards
The “Shkreli Awards” is the Lown Institute’s top ten list of the biggest failures of social responsibility in healthcare, named for Martin Shkreli, the price-hiking “pharma bro” that everyone loves to hate.

Every year, we name the most outrageous examples of price-gouging, profiteering, inefficiency, and more. These stories shine a light on some of the bad actors in healthcare, and show us what needs to change to create a socially responsible health system.

Join us on January 10th, 2023 at 1 PM ET as we count down the winners. Guest panelists include Dr. Uche Blackstock, health equity expert; Amy Holden Jones, screenwriter and director of The Resident; and Lown experts.

Jan 10, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Uche Blackstock
Founder and CEO; Emergency Medicine Physician @Advancing Health Equity
Dr. Uché Blackstock is a physician and thought leader on bias and racism in health care. Dr. Blackstock founded Advancing Health Equity in 2019 with the goal of partnering with healthcare organizations to dismantle racism in healthcare and to close the gap in racial health inequities. In 2019, Dr. Blackstock was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With”. In 2020, she was one of thirty-one inaugural leaders awarded an unrestricted grant for her advocacy work from the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund. Dr. Blackstock’s writing, including numerous OpEds, has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, the Washington Post and STAT News for the Boston Globe. In April 2021, she became an exclusive medical contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. In June 2021, Dr. Blackstock signed a book deal with Penguin Random House Books for her generational memoir, Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine.
Amy Holden Jones
Executive Producer and Creator @The Resident
Amy Holden Jones created the show “Black Box” and has written pilots for every major broadcast and cable network. Prior to working in television, she was an acclaimed screenwriter. In 2019, THE RESIDENT won the Sentinel Award, which recognizes exemplary achievements in TV storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. Among her screenplay credits are “Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Beethoven” and “The Relic.” She began her career as an editor for directors Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese and Hal Ashby. She then wrote and directed four features, including “Love Letters,” with Jamie Lee Curtis; cult classic “Slumber Party Massacre”; “Maid to Order,” starring Ally Sheedy; and “The Rich Man’s Wife,” starring Halle Berry and Clive Owen. Jones graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and simultaneously studied film at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Vikas Saini, MD
President @The Lown Institute
Vikas Saini, MD is president of the Lown Institute. He is a clinical cardiologist trained by Dr. Bernard Lown at Harvard, where he has taught and done research. Dr. Saini leads the Institute’s signature project, the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, the first ranking to measure hospital social responsibility. Dr. Saini also serves as co-chair of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots network of clinicians, patient activists, and community leaders organizing to put patients, not profits, at the heart of health care. Dr. Saini is an expert on the optimal medical management of cardiologic conditions, medical overuse, hospital performance and evaluation, and health equity.
Shannon Brownlee
Special Advisor to the President @The Lown Institute
Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is special advisor to the president of the Lown Institute. Brownlee was senior vice president of the Lown Institute from 2012 to 2021. Before joining the Lown Institute, Brownlee served as acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation. As a senior fellow at New America, she published the groundbreaking 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 previously a senior writer at US News and World Report and Discover Magazine, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Congressional Commendation, and was named one of “four writers who changed the world” by the World Congress of Science Journalists.