About the alliance


The High Value Practice Academic Alliance was created in June 2016 by Pamela T. Johnson, MD, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety in Radiology and Johns Hopkins Health System High Value Care lead, and Roy Ziegelstein, MD, Vice Dean for Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, to serve as a national forum for academic institutions to come together, advance successful improvements and engage their trainees in this important work. They direct the alliance with two of Johns Hopkins high value champions, hospitalists Leonard Feldman, MD and Amit Pahwa, MD. Drs. Feldman, Pahwa and Johnson also lead the Johns Hopkins Health System High Value Care Committee.  In 2017, Johns Hopkins Medicine recognized their work by selecting the team for the Innovations in Clinical Care Award.

Amit Pahwa, MD, Pamela Johnson, MD & Lenny Feldman, MD, Directors of HVPAA, receiving the 2017 Innovations in Clinical Care Award at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Cross-institutional and cross-specialty collaboration are essential to effectively refine medical practice on a national scale. Comprised of >80 partner institutions and with representatives from >20 medical specialties & subspecialties, the organization’s mission is to lead widespread and lasting improvements in health care value through collaborative quality improvement, education and research.

  1. Medicine is a public trust, and to maintain the trust that the public places in physicians and other health care workers, medical providers have a responsibility to improve value in health care.
  2. Cross-institutional collaboration is essential to effectively improve health care value on a national scale.
  3. Outcomes research must ensure that refinements do not compromise providers’ ability to effectively diagnose and treat patients, and that in many circumstances these refinements may result in improved patient outcomes.
  4. Engaging medical students, resident physicians and fellows in this work is key to creating lasting improvements in practice.

The alliance provides a forum for academic medical institutions to collaborate on best practice performance improvement initiatives and peer reviewed publications related to health care value. The alliance does not provide medical advice.