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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 2017

Analysis of Cost Variation in Craniotomy for Tumor Using 2 National Databases

Zygourakis, C. C., Liu, C. Y., Yoon, S., Moriates, C., Boscardin, C., Dudley, A. A., Lawton, M. T., Theodosopoulos, P., Berger, M. S. & Gonzales, R. Apr 11 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Neurosurgery.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

Moriates, C. & Ring, D. Mar 17 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of General Internal Medicine. p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

4 Citations

Association between surgeon scorecard use and operating room costs

Zygourakis, C. C., Valencia, V., Moriates, C., Boscardin, C. K., Catschegn, S., Rajkomar, A., Bozic, K. J., Hoo, K. S., Goldberg, A. N., Pitts, L., Lawton, M. T., Dudley, R. A. & Gonzales, R. Mar 1 2017 In : JAMA Surgery. 152, 3, p. 284-291 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Operating Rooms
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Care Surveys

Development of a high-value care culture survey: A modified Delphi process and psychometric evaluation

Gupta, R., Moriates, C., Harrison, J. D., Valencia, V., Ong, M., Clarke, R., Steers, N., Hays, R. D., Braddock, C. H. & Wachter, R. Jun 1 2017 In : BMJ Quality and Safety. 26, 6, p. 475-483 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Surveys and Questionnaires
Statistical Factor Analysis
1 Citations

Geographic and Hospital Variation in Cost of Lumbar Laminectomy and Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Conditions

Zygourakis, C. C., Liu, C. Y., Wakam, G., Moriates, C., Boscardin, C., Ames, C. P., Mummaneni, P. V., Ratliff, J., Dudley, A. A. & Gonzales, R. Mar 13 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Neurosurgery.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle