Chris Moriates, MD Appointed Chief of the Hospitalist Section at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System/UCLA Department of Medicine

Chris Moriates, MD

The Department of Medicine at UCLA is pleased to announce that Chris Moriates, MDhas been appointed chief of the Hospitalist Section at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System/Department of Medicine.

Dr. Moriates is the assistant dean for Health Care Value and an associate professor with tenure in internal medicine and medical education at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

He is also the Executive Director at Costs of Care, a global nonprofit cultivating change agents focused on making health care more affordable and equitable.

Dr. Moriates has created impactful programs and resources with an international reach, including the book, “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare,” which surgeon and writer Atul Gawande called “a masterful primer for all clinicians,” the Dell Med Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform, used by medical professionals and trainees across the U.S., and the STARS program, which has included more than 600 medical students from more than 50 medical schools over the past 6 years. The trainee-led STARS model has now emerged in 8 countries, and Dr. Moriates serves as co-chair of medical education strategy for the International Choosing Wisely Consortium.

He led the creation of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Cost Awareness curriculum for internal medicine residents, which was described in JAMA Internal Medicine and featured in a perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a founding editor for the “Teachable Moments” series in JAMA Internal Medicine. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles.

Prior to joining Dell Medical School, Dr. Moriates was an assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF, where he led the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value’s Caring Wisely Program, the Division of Hospital Medicine High-Value Care Committee and the internal medicine residency’s Cost Awareness curriculum.

Dr. Moriates earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA, his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in internal medicine at UCSF.

Dr. Moriates will join the department of medicine (DoM) on November 1, 2023. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Moriates to the DoM and UCLA.

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