Vikas Saini, MD

President, Lown Institute

Vikas Saini, MD, is President of the Lown Institute. He completed his MD with distinction from Dalhousie University in Halifax (1980), residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview, and a Lown Fellowship at Harvard and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a house officer he was the President of the Baltimore Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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. There he served on the Board of Directors and was the first Vice-President for Research. He organized the company’s initial clinical research trials and helped secure early rounds of angel and venture capital investments for the development of the BIS monitor before returning to the practice of cardiology. Aspect Medical made its initial public offering in 2000 and was acquired by Covidien in 2009.

While in private practice, Dr. Saini was a founding partner of The Cardiovascular Specialists, the largest cardiovascular practice on Cape Cod. He also founded and was Chairman of Cape Physicians, LLC, a primary care physician network participating in global and alternative payment methods which has remained financially successful since its inception.

In 2007 Dr. Saini returned to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as an attending physician and to the Lown Institute as President. Dr. Saini is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard, he initiated the first course focused on policy translation for the global prevention of cardiovascular disease.

With Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation, Dr. Saini convened the Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference in April 2012, the first major academic conference focused on the problem of overuse. That event has now evolved into the Lown Annual Conference. With Ms. Brownlee, he is the co-convener of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots network of physicians, nurses, patient activists, and community leaders dedicated to creating public demand for care that is safe, effective, affordable, and just.

He has spoken and presented research about avoiding unnecessary care at professional meetings around the world. Dr. Saini has been a columnist for Prevention India magazine, 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.

My Sessions

The leaders of the Lown Institute welcome you and set the stage for a bold and engaging conference.


Single payer: Follow the money

Presidential Ballroom

The first step to creating the perfect health care delivery system would be universal coverage, says George Halvorson. But what kind of universal coverage? How do we pay doctors? How do we optimize patient care delivery? How do we share the financial risk of health care costs? These are a few of the topics the […]

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Stents don’t work? A research revelation with implications for all specialties

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The ORBITA trial, published last year in The Lancet, rocked the world of cardiology with the surprising finding that putting stents in patients with stable angina did not improve their symptoms any more than a placebo. This panel of researchers and clinicians explore what the ORBITA results mean, not just for cardiology, but for evaluating clinical norms, procedures, […]

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