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The Society of Hospital Medicine Honors Christopher Moriates, MD, SFHM, With 2022 Award of Excellence: Excellence in Teaching

April 18, 2022

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Dr. Moriates’ Impactful Programs and Resources on Value-Based Care Have International Reach

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently announced the recipients of its 2022 Awards of Excellence, honoring hospitalists who exemplify hospital medicine best practices in areas such as clinical leadership, teaching, teamwork, research, and humanitarian services, among others.

“Hospitalists have always been known as innovators in medicine and contribute to improving patient care at their institutions in unique ways,” explains Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, Chief Executive Officer of SHM. “This year’s Awards of Excellence winners exemplify what it means to be leaders in the field and showcase the many ways that hospitalists are positively impacting the future of healthcare.”

Christopher Moriates, MD, SFHM, is this year’s recipient in the “Excellence in Teaching” category. He is a practicing hospitalist and clinician-educator at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and value of care delivered to patients. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Moriates has contributed to the recent transformation in medical education from “choosing more to choosing wisely.” He led the creation of the Dell Med Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform, currently used by medical professionals and trainees across the U.S. He also created and leads the U.S. Choosing Wisely STARS program, which has included approximately 500 medical students from more than 50 medical schools over the past five years.

Dr. Moriates has created impactful programs and resources with an international reach. He also leads the U.S. Choosing Wisely STARS program, which has included approximately 500 medical students from more than 50 medical schools over the past 5 years. The trainee-led STARS model has now emerged in 8 countries, and Moriates serves as co-chair of medical education strategy for the International Choosing Wisely Consortium. He is also the executive director at Costs of Care, a global nonprofit cultivating change agents focused on making health care more affordable and equitable.

He has been a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine since 2012 and served on the Communications Strategy Committee and as a blogger for SHM’s official blog.

Awards of Excellence winners were recognized at SHM’s annual conference, SHM Converge, which was held from April 7-10, 2022, in Nashville, TN. For more information on SHM’s Awards of Excellence, visit