Hilde and Bill Birnbaum Endowed Lecture on Benefiting Patients Through Health Research

The annual Birnbaum Endowed Lecture was established in 2000 to honor Group Health founders Hilde and Bill Birnbaum's long-term commitment to Group Health and their passion for using research to improve patient care. 

In addition to the lecture, the event features the presentation of the annual Birnbaum Award, an honor that goes to a Group Health work team that has made extraordinary contributions to successful research at Group Health. Each year, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) staff members nominate teams for this award. Winners are selected by GHRI scientific investigators.

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Past lectures and awards

2014 | 2013 | 2012 |2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

2014

“Affordable health care for all: How will our nation and region deliver on the promise?”

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2014 Birnbaum Lecture Videos

Guest panelists:

Award:

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2013

“Unlocking the power of research: How will America’s scientific enterprise address key challenges ahead for health care?”

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2013 Birnbaum Lecture

Guest panelists:

Introduction: Greg Simon, MD, MPH, senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute and a Group Health psychiatrist.

Moderator: Joanne Silberner, artist-in-residence at the University of Washington and former health policy correspondent for National Public Radio.

Award: Group Health Radiology Team for Improving Safety of CT Scanning

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2012

Speaker: Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Award: Opioid Prescribing Safety Initiative Team

2011

"Paradise lost, Paradise deferred? The role of integrated health plans in today’s changing health care system."
Speaker: Robert Evans, PhD
Professor of Economics, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia

Available for download in Windows Media format:
birnbaum_2011_lecture_evans.wmv
142MB

Award: Group Health Oncology and Hematology Chief Dr. Eric Chen

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2010

"Building Quality Care: A New Outlook for Humanity."
Speaker: Brent James, MD, MStat
Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare

Available for download in Windows Media format:
birnbaum_2010_lecture_james.wmv
138MB

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2009

"Prospects for National Health Care Reform."
Speaker: Mollyann Brodie, PhD
Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation

Available for download in Windows Media format:
birnbaum_2009_lecture_brodie.wmv
254MB

Award: Group Health Clinical Pharmacists

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2008

"Hope or Hype: The Conflict Between Science and Profit in Health Care."
Speaker: Richard Deyo, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-based Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

Available for download in Windows Media format:
birnbaum_2008_lecture_deyo.wmv
134MB

Available for download in Windows Media format:
birnbaum_2008_panel.wmv
92MB

Award:

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2007

"Aligning the Forces of Health Care for Quality and Fairness for All."
Speaker: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD
President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Award: Group Health Cooperative's Northgate Medical Center Team #2

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2006

"With So Many Problems, Why Worry About Global Health?"
Speaker: William "Bill" H. Foege, MD, MPH
Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Award: Group Health's Breast Cancer Screening Program

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2005

"Achieving a High-Performance Health System."
Speaker: Karen Davis, PhD
President of The Commonwealth Fund

Award: Group Health's Physical Therapy Department

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2004

"Transforming Health Care for Preventive Care Services: 30 Years of Learning/Projections for the Future."
Speaker: Robert "Tommy" Thompson, MD
Director Emeritus, Group Health Permanente Department of Preventive Care; Senior Investigator, Group Health Center for Health Studies

Award: Group Health's Central and Eastside Gastroenterology (GI) Teams 

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2003

"The Center for Health Studies: Leading by Example."
Speaker: Eric Larson, MD, MPH
Director, Group Health Center for Health Studies

Award: Group Health's Information Systems Division

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2002

"Closing the Quality Chasm: The Transformation of Chronic-Illness Care Nationwide."
Speaker: Ed Wagner, MD, MPH
Director, MacColl Institute; Senior Investigator, Center for Health Studies

Award: Group Health's Breast Cancer Screening Program nurses

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2000

"Patients as Partners: Empowering Patients to Improve Health Outcomes."
Speaker: David Sobel, MD, MPH
Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

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