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Christopher Moriates, M.D.


University of California, San Diego School of Medicine


Residency, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Chris Moriates, M.D., is the assistant dean for health care value in the Department of Medical Education at Dell Medical School. He is also an associate chair and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

He is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based health care, as well as building value-improvement programs that engage health care providers. He led the creation of the Dell Med Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform, which is currently used by medical professionals and trainees across the U.S.

Moriates is the executive director at Costs of Care, a global nonprofit curating clinician insights that drive better care at lower cost. He co-authored the book “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare” (McGraw-Hill, 2015), which surgeon and writer 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 was 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.

Moriates is co-chair of medical education strategy for the International Choosing Wisely Consortium. He created and leads the Choosing Wisely STARS program in the United States. Moriates also directs the Distinction Program for Care Transformation for the internal medicine residency program at Dell Med. He speaks internationally on topics related to educating clinicians about health care value and how to implement high-value care programs.

Prior to joining Dell Med, 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.

Moriates received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in internal medicine at UCSF.

Professional Affiliations
  • Costs of Care
    Executive Director
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
    "Teachable Moments" Section Editor
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
    Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine
  • Choosing Wisely International Consortium
    Co-Chair for International Medical Education Strategy
  • American College of Physicians
Awards & Honors
  • Outstanding Educator Award
    Dell Med Academy of Medical Educators, 2020
  • Top 25 Emerging Leader
    Modern Healthcare, 2019
  • Young Innovator, UCSF 150th Anniversary Celebration
    University of California, San Francisco, 2014
  • Thomas Evans Teaching Award, Department of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, 2012
  • Young Physician Achievement Award
    American College of Physicians (ACP) Northern California Chapter, 2012