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Clinical Excellence Research Center

The first university-based research center exclusively dedicated to discovering, testing, and evaluating cost-saving innovations in clinically excellent care. Our research seeks more affordable ways to deliver better care for conditions consuming the bulk of the country's healthcare spending.

A Message From The Director

"Federal creditworthiness and therefore American prosperity now hinge on continuously attaining better health with less health spending. By rapidly mobilizing emerging science and technology from engineering, management, and medicine, the Clinical Excellence Research Center will enable Stanford to help solve a seemingly intractable national challenge."

- Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH

Dr. Milstein founded CERC after two decades of improving healthcare value in the private sector and advising the White House and Congress. He is now training America's next generation of healthcare innovators to remove wasteful and dangerous inefficiencies that ail the U.S. health-care system.

Bright Spots Research

CERC identifies and studies clinical teams throughout the U.S. that deliver the highest quality care at lower cost – the bright spots of health care delivery. Our researchers have identified practices that serve as models of innovation and value.  

Stanford PAC

The Partnership in AI-Assisted Care is an innovative collaboration with the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab to apply advanced computer vision and machine learning to solve some of health care's most critical problems.



The flagship of CERC’s educational offerings is its design fellowship, offering early-career physicians and behavioral scientists the opportunity to develop a foundation in design thinking and work directly with leaders in medicine and industry.

Care Models

Designed by our research fellows, CERC’s care models have been selected for pilot testing by clinical practices across the country whose goal is to lower the cost of excellent care. 




HMPI, April 1, 2020

Stanford Medicine-Engineering Partnership Launches an Interactive Model to Facilitate COVID-19 Response Planning for Hospital and Regional Leaders

A set of models from Stanford researchers will make it easier for hospital and regional leaders to make actionable decisions.

San Jose Mercury, April 3, 2020

Opinion: Speeding coronavirus drug approval will also increase risks

The common assumption is that powerful new treatments are withheld because of red tape. It’s not that simple.

NEJM, April 2, 2020

Covid-19 and Health Care’s Digital Revolution

The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the glaring limitations of our analog system and our urgent need for digital solutions to transform health care delivery.

CTECH, March 25, 2020

We Must Treat the Epidemic the Way Twitter Handles News: Make Medical Solutions Real Time and Democratic

CERC Faculty Nirav Shah spoke Tuesday at a virtual conference held by Jerusalem-based venture firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP)

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