Chris Moriates, MD

Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value, Associate Professor

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Dr. Chris Moriates is the Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based healthcare for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as building a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across the healthcare community in Austin.

Dr. Moriates co-authored the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill, 2015), which Dr. Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians". 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 is also the Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care, a global non-profit organization curating clinician insights that drive better care at lower cost.

He previously worked with the American College of Physicians on their national High-Value Care curriculum, and he co-chairs the annual Costs of Care/ABIM Foundation Teaching Value & Choosing Wisely Competition. He speaks internationally on topics related to educating clinicians about healthcare value and how to implement high-value care programs.

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.

He recently won the Young Physician Achievement Award from the ACP California Chapter, and the Thomas Evans Teaching Awardfrom the UCSF Department of Medicine.

Dr. Moriates received his Medical Degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSF.

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Research Output 2010 2018

3 Citations

A comparison of laboratory testing in teaching vs nonteaching hospitals for 2 common medical conditions

Valencia, V., Arora, V. M., Ranji, S. R., Meza, C. & Moriates, C., Jan 1 2018, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 178, 1, p. 39-47 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Teaching Hospitals
Bacterial Pneumonia
Length of Stay
5 Citations

Analysis of national rates, cost, and sources of cost variation in adult spinal deformity

Zygourakis, C. C., Liu, C. Y., Keefe, M., Moriates, C., Ratliff, J., Dudley, R. A., Gonzales, R., Mummaneni, P. V. & Ames, C. P., Mar 1 2018, In : Clinical Neurosurgery. 82, 3, p. 378-387 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Costs and Cost Analysis
Hospital Bed Capacity
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Economic Inflation
1 Citations

Generic substitution rates of oral contraceptives and associated out-of-pocket cost savings between January 2010 and December 2014

Chee, M., Zhang, J. X., Ngooi, S., Moriates, C., Shah, N. & Arora, V. M., Apr 1 2018, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 178, 4, p. 561-563 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Drug Substitution
Cost Savings
Oral Contraceptives
Health Expenditures
1 Citations

Analysis of cost variation in craniotomy for tumor using 2 national databases

Zygourakis, C. C., Liu, C. Y., Yoon, S., Moriates, C., Boscardin, C., Adams Dudley, R., Lawton, M. T., Theodosopoulos, P., Berger, M. S. & Gonzales, R., Dec 1 2017, In : Neurosurgery. 81, 6, p. 972-979 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Costs and Cost Analysis

Appealing to Altruism May Not Work, But Don’t Give Up Hope

Moriates, C. & Ring, D., Jul 1 2017, In : Journal of general internal medicine. 32, 7, p. 721-722 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle