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Shannon Brownlee

Families USA Board Member
Brookline, MA
Shannon Brownlee is Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, which was founded by cardiologist and humanitarian Bernard Lown. She is also Co-Founder of the Right Care Alliance, a group of clinicians, patients, and community leaders that is working to spark change in health care through social activism. In addition, she is an instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Ms. Brownlee has been one of the national leaders to highlight the scope and consequences of the overuse of health care. An internationally known writer and essayist, she is best known for her book Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Her articles and essays have appeared in such outlets as The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Time Magazine, and The Sunday Times of London. Ms. Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ms. Brownlee joined the Board of Directors in June 2013. She is a member of the Policy and Communications and the Strategic Planning Committees, as well as the Ad Hoc Committee on Board Self-Evaluation.