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 value-based quality improvement 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.

The organization’s charter was ratified in January 2017. After a very successful 1st year of operations, the HVPAA directors recognized the need for leadership expansion to effectively advance the various initiatives that the organization had undertaken. In December 2017, 8 new directorship roles were created to lead different arms of the alliance, and applications were solicited from all HVPAA faculty members. Twenty faculty leaders from 15 academic medical centers have been appointed as Committee Directors.

Drs. Feldman, Pahwa and Johnson also lead the Johns Hopkins Health System High Value Care Committee. In 2017, Johns Hopkins Hospital recognized their work by selecting the team for the Innovations in Clinical Care Award. More recently, the Johns Hopkins Health System High Value Care Committee has been awarded the 2018 Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Teamwork in Quality Improvement.


The Hippocratic Oath includes a commitment to “remember that…illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.”  As such, HVPAA was founded on the following principles:

  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 maintain or improve providers’ ability to effectively diagnose and treat patients.
  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.