Choosing Wisely Champions

The Choosing Wisely Champions program launched in March 2016 to recognize clinicians who are leading efforts to reduce overuse and waste in medicine. The program was created to acknowledge the work of those dedicated to providing appropriate care and encourage others to follow their lead.

Champions are selected by participating societies and include clinicians or teams of clinicians whose work in their respective specialties represents significant contributions to advancing the goals of the campaign. Such contributions can include:

  • creation of an intervention to implement Choosing Wisely in their clinical practice;
  • designing local initiatives to educate colleagues; or
  • playing a leadership role in developing society recommendations.


American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Dr. Sean Donahue – Dr. Donahue’s efforts include initiatives to ensure children don’t get glasses they don’t need.

Dr. Jean Ramsey – Dr. Ramsey has led efforts to defeat state legislation mandating pediatric comprehensive eye exams, instead requiring that all children undergo vision screening prior to starting kindergarten.

American Geriatrics Society

Dr. Ariel Green  In addition to incorporating Choosing Wisely in her practice, Dr. Green has helped educate her colleagues, patients and families through local, national and international meetings.

Heidi Ann Courtney  Courtney’s work has resulted in more than a thousand drug adjustments for patients, including an effort aimed at delirium prevention that decreased incidence from 20.8 to 15.1 percent in the first year.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Dr. Anuruddh Kumar (A.K.) Misra — An early adopter of Choosing Wisely, Dr. Misra incorporates regularly uses Consumer Reports’ Choosing Wisely materials to help educate patients on a one-on-one basis in his clinical practice.

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Pathology — The Division of Laboratory and Molecular Medicine within the Department of Pathology hosts a highly active, division-wide laboratory utilization management program that includes participation from all division faculty.

Cedars-Sinai Health System — Cedars-Sinai has seen an annualized cost savings of more than $6 million and improved the quality and safety of care from implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations across the health system.

Geisinger Health System — The Geisinger Medical Laboratories has tackled various test utilization opportunities in anatomic and clinical pathology using a variety of modalities to effect change.

Dana Altenburger, MD, FASCP, FCAP — Dr. Altenburger has decreased inpatient blood product usage by 46% over three years.

Ilan Rubinfeld, MD, MBA — Dr. Rubinfeld has spearheaded several laboratory-related initiatives and projects.