Learn about the members that make up CERC and carry out our mission.
Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Center Director
Dr. Arnold Milstein is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University. Dr. Milstein’s research spans positive value outlier assessment, human-centered healthcare design, and, in partnership with Stanford's AI Lab, the development of technology-based cognitive aids to boost the yield from healthcare spending.
Before joining Stanford's faculty, he founded a national healthcare performance improvement firm that he expanded globally after its acquisition by Mercer. He subsequently co-founded several nationally influential public benefit initiatives, including the Leapfrog Group and the Pacific Business Group on Health. As a Congressional MedPAC Commissioner, he originated two legislative changes to align healthcare provider revenue with value to patients. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Milstein chaired the planning committee of its series on best methods to lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes.
Dr. Milstein was educated at Harvard (BA–Economics), Tufts (MD) and UC Berkeley (MPH Healthcare Evaluation).
Lance Downing, MD
Medical Director, PAC Program
Dr. Lance Downing studied economics and psychology as an undergraduate before a brief career in enterprise software. After graduating from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, he completed training in Internal Medicine at Stanford and subsequently became one of the inaugural fellows in Clinical Informatics at Stanford.
His faculty appointment is now in the Department of Medicine and Division of Biomedical Informatics, and is a Medical Director of Informatics in Digital Solutions at Stanford Health Care. Lance has long had an interest in CERC's groundbreaking work in improving care and reducing healthcare costs. He joined to help in the Program in AI-Assisted Care (PAC) in translating artificial intelligence applications into improving care delivery.
Alan Glaseroff, MD
Dr. Alan Glaseroff came to Stanford in 2011 along with his wife Dr. Ann Lindsay at the behest of Dr. Arnie Milstein (CERC Director) to design and implement a new comprehensive model for patients with complex needs, Ambulatory ICU 2.0. He and Dr. Lindsay led Stanford Coordinated Care (SCC), a service for patients (employees and
their dependents) with complex chronic conditions at high risk for future spending, from 2011 to the end of 2016. SCC has helped train over a dozen teams from across the US seeking to implement a similar approach. Dr. Glaseroff, a member of the Innovation Brain Trust for the Unite HERE Health, also currently serves as faculty for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's "Better Care, Lower Cost" 3-year collaborative and served as a Clinical Advisor to the PBGH "Intensive Outpatient Care Program" CMMI Innovation Grant that ended in June 2015. He served on the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee 2009-2010, and the "Let's Get Healthy California" expert task force in 2012. Dr. Glaseroff was named the California Family Physician of the Year for 2009. Dr. Glaseroff's interests focus on redesigning services at the intersection of patient-centered team care, patient activation, and investing effort to promote patient self-management within the context of chronic conditions.
Eugene Hsu, MD, MBA
Dr. Eugene Hsu is a physician innovator who is passionate about applying technology to the challenge of improving human health. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he also led institutional and national quality and patient safety initiatives.
While in Baltimore, he worked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center helping to implement quality improvement on a national scale. He also completed a chronic pain management fellowship at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Eugene has worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, The Monitor Group and 3V SourceOne Venture Capital. In addition, Eugene has been an integral part of several startup companies in biotechnology, medical devices and information technology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and his graduate training in medicine and business administration at Dartmouth.
Robert M. Kaplan, PhD
Dr. Robert Kaplan is research director at CERC. He has served as Chief Science Officer at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs. He is also a Distinguished Emeritus Professor
of Health Services and Medicine at UCLA, where he led the UCLA/RAND AHRQ health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009. From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. His 20 books and over 500 articles or chapters have been cited more than 30,000 times and the ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in his field (defined as above the 99.5th percentile). Kaplan is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Dr. Kaplan is currently Regenstrief Distinguished Fellow at Purdue University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Kaplan came to CERC because of his longstanding interest in improving quality and safety of healthcare while managing the costs. He feels that CERC is the ideal environment to bring together his experiences in academia and government.
Craig A. Lindquist, MD, PhD
Dr. Craig Lindquist was born and reared on a small farm in Northwest Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa as a biology major, receiving his BS degree in an accelerated two-year program. He completed his MD and PhD degrees at U of I and Yale, respectively, while completing clinical rotations at the Peter Bent Brigham
and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His doctoral thesis was completed under Dr. J. Bertino at the Yale Cancer Center and focused on mechanisms of drug resistance of leukemia cells. Following completion of his medical studies, Dr. Lindquist completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale. He continued on as Chief Medical Resident under Dr. Sam Thier and was a co-founder of Yale's first HIV/AIDS outpatient services. From New Haven, Dr. Lindquist next moved to San Francisco to complete a fellowship in Hematology/Oncolgy. During his fellowship he conducted research on Kaposi's sarcoma. Upon completion of his fellowship he joined the UCSF clinical faculty as an attending physician in the Moffitt HIV/AIDS Clinic. In the early 1990's, Dr. Lindquist joined the Marin Department of Health and Human Services where he developed a County-based HIV/AIDS clinic and supervised an AIDS Clinical Trials program. He was co-PI on a number of ACTG and industry drug trials, as well as a consultant to projects involving drug resistance and gene sequencing. After several years in that position, he assumed the position of medical director over all of the County's medical services and periodically served as the County Health Officer at the same time. Near the end of his tenure as Director, Dr. Lindquist's interests turned to issues in health care design, delivery and costs. Those interests led to post-graduate programs at the UC Berkeley School of Business and the Harvard Business School focusing on issues related to health care. Craig joins CERC as a resident scholar with great pleasure and excitement. The CERC staff and the Stanford environs present a great opportunity for a "hands on" experience in designing innovations for application in the real world. When not commuting to Palo Alto, Craig has several outside interests, including agriculture, heirloom plants, wine tasting and any Apple device.
Aabed Meer, MBA, MD
Dr. Aabed Meer serves on the faculty of the Department of Medicine and as an advisor to the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University. He is a Director at Capricorn Healthcare, where he works to create and grow innovative healthcare companies, while advising healthcare systems seeking to
implement new care delivery models. He has researched health economics issues both domestically and abroad with Kaiser Permanente and the U.K.'s National Health Service. His work on the impact of innovation on the healthcare industry and the economy has been widely recognized and was presented to the U.S. Congress in support of innovation. Dr. Meer received an undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University, where he also attended medical school and completed a residency in the Department of Medicine. While at Stanford, he has served on a committee of the university's Board of Trustees.
Sara Singer, MBA, Ph.D
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Sara Singer is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Graduate School of Business and Freeman Spogli Institute (by courtesy). Her research in the field of health care management and policy focuses on how organizational leadership and culture impact efforts to
implement health delivery innovations, integrate patient care, and improve safety and reliability of health care organizations. A key feature of this research is the development of survey instruments that measure provider and patient perspectives on key interpersonal and organizational factors, enabling benchmarking, rapid and reliable feedback about the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of delivery system innovations, and broader dissemination of more successful interventions. Dr. Singer has published more than 100 articles in academic journals and books on healthcare management, health policy, and health system reform. Her publications have won numerous awards, including best paper awards from the Academy of Management's Health Care Division in three consecutive years 2009, 2010, and 2011. She is the recipient of the 2013 Avedis Donabedian Healthcare Quality Award from the American Public Health Association and the 2014 Teaching Citation Award from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Singer has conducted numerous studies for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Veterans Administration Health Services Research & Development, and private foundations related to measuring and improving organizational culture, learning, teamwork, patient safety, integrated patient care, and the financing and delivery of health care. She holds an A.B. degree in English from Princeton University, a M.B.A. degree with a Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Health Policy/Management with a concentration in organizational behavior. Her husband, Gordon Bloom, is founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities. They live with their children, Audrey (18) and Jason (14) in Portola Valley, CA.
Brent James, M.D., M.Stat.
Dr. Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles.He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as
he Instituteof Medicine), and participated in many of that organization's seminal works on quality and patient safety. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He holds faculty appointments at several universities: -Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (Medicine) -Visiting Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) -Adjunct Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine (Family Medicine; Biomedical Informatics) -Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney, Australia, School of Public Health He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston, MA; and a Senior Advisor at Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, UT. He is was formerly Chief Quality Officer, and Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improve¬ment (ATP), he has personally trained more than 5,000 senior physician, nursing, and administra¬tive executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods, with proven improvement results (and over 50 "sister" training programs in more than 10 countries) He has been honored with a series of awards for quality in health care delivery, including (among many): -Deming Cup - Columbia University School of Business, 2011 -C. Jackson Grayson Medal, Distinguished Quality Pioneer - American Quality and Productivity Center, 2010 -Joint Commission Ernest A. Codman Award, 2006 -AHA HRET TRUST Award, 2005 -National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Award, 2005 -American College of Medical Quality Founders' Award, 1999 For 8 of first the 9 years it existed, he was named among Modern Physician's "50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare." He was named among the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" (Modern Healthcare) for over 5 years, and Modern Healthcare's "25 Top Clinical Informaticists". Before coming to Utah in 1986, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Cancer & Leukemia, Group B (CALG); and staffed the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. He holds the following degrees; Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (Electrical Engineering) and Medical Biology; an M.D. degree (with residency training in general surgery and oncology); and a Master of Statistics degree. He serves on several non-profit boards of trustees dedicated to clinical improvement and patient safety.
Jia Li, PhD
Dr. Jia Li is the Head of R&D, Cloud AI, President of the Google AI China Center and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford's School of Medicine. Her org focus on both research innovation to solve real world problems and developing the full stack of AI products on Google Cloud to power solutions for diverse industries.
Before joining Google, she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort. Before Snap, she led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs. Jia received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She is serving as the Associate Editor of the Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics by Springer and the Computer Vision Foundation Industrial Advisory Board Member.
Keith Marton, MD, FACP
Dr. Keith Marton has over 40 years of experience in nearly all aspects of American healthcare. His education includes a BA in psychology from Stanford University, an MD from Stanford, a residency in Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and Stanford Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal medicine.
Additional training included 2 years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (a branch of the CDC) and completion of a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship. After spending a number of years in academia-Stanford (Asst. Professor), Harvard (Assoc. Professor), UCSF and OHSU (Professor )-Dr. Marton held leadership roles in several health systems, including Chief of Graduate Education and Research for Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health), VPMA for St. Mary Medical Center in SF, and CMO for Legacy Health System and Providence Health & Services. He has extensive experience in clinical redesign, clinical quality improvement, physician integration, medical staff relations, technology assessment, leadership development, and strategic planning. He retired from full-time work in late 2010 and runs his own consulting company. One of his major clients is the Health Management Academy, where he is an Executive in Residence. His major activities for this organization involve physician leadership development. He is also on the boards of two health organizations (Providence Health Care, and the Heritage Medical Group) and one biotech company (Precision Image Analysis).
Terry Platchek, MD
Dr. Terry Platchek is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as the Fellowship Director of the Clinical Excellence Research Center. He is also the Vice President for Performance Improvement at Stanford Children's Health.
His career focuses on using Lean management to improve quality, safety, cost, appropriateness and service in healthcare delivery. Dr. Platchek is co-author of the book Advanced Lean in Healthcare. He is specifically interested in the education and engagement of physicians in improving healthcare delivery systems and the development of innovative models for delivering higher value healthcare. Dr. Platchek has been active nationally and internationally in promoting physician engagement in Lean healthcare management. He is a founder and co-convener of the Lean Healthcare Academic Conference and has advised health care systems across the United States and Australia on performance improvement, including the Departments of Health in Victoria and Western Australia which have adopted junior doctor healthcare redesign programs using a continuous improvement model. Dr. Platchek was educated at Georgetown University (BS - Biology, Government) and the University of Michigan (MD). He completed his residency training in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at the University of Michigan, followed by a Chief Residency in the Department Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. Currently, he practices medicine as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.
Claude Pinnock, MD, MPH
Director of Research Operations
Dr. Claude Pinnock, Director of Research Operations Claude is Director of Research Operations at CERC, developing new programs, providing the strategic direction for delivery, and directing the team across CERC's portfolio of projects.
Claude is a UK physician by background. After growing up in Cambridge and graduating from Nottingham Medical School, he returned to his hometown and practiced medicine, completed a Master's in Public Health at Cambridge University, and worked for Circle Healthcare, leading transformational change in the first private-public partnership with the National Health Service. His specific interest in value based healthcare then led him to work for ICHOM, a nonprofit operating internationally to drive healthcare provision and policy towards value. As the Implementation Director, he collaborated with provider and payer organizations globally to successfully operationalize value based concepts and care models. Subsequently he returned to Cambridge University Hospitals as their Director of Value Based Care, leading the implementation of a value strategy, and maintains an honorary position.
Ashley Bragg has 8+ years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating healthcare programs and quality improvement collaboratives at the local, state and national level. She started her career at UCSF, building innovative,
data-driven programs in both adolescent sexual health and palliative care. Most recently, she led various initiatives for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford focused on process improvement, patient care redesign and clinical effectiveness. Ashley aims to make data actionable to improve practice outcomes, reduce variation in care and increase overall value. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science focused in Physiological Science; Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. .
Jill Glassman, MSW, PhD
Senior Manager of Quantitative Analysis
As Center Senior Manager of Quantitative Analysis, Dr. Jill Glassman is happy to serve as the new biostatistician at CERC. She also serves as Research Steward for multiple ongoing CERC projects, ensuring their scientific integrity.
Previously she was statistician and co-investigator on evaluations of multi-component, evidence-based health risk prevention programs, including many school-based programs, at the nonprofit organization ETR (Education, Training and Research). These evaluations employed group-randomized, quasi-experimental and observational study designs. Dr. Glassman has led several grants to study how to improve self-report outcome measures and how to identify more nuanced risk classes for trials of prevention interventions with youth, with a focus on teen pregnancy and HIV/STI prevention. Prior to joining ETR, Dr. Glassman worked at Columbia University School of Social Work with Dr. Steven Schinke in the field of drug and alcohol use prevention in youth. During this time she also conducted clinical social work with victims of traumatic events such as sexual assault. Prior to her work at Columbia Dr. Glassman worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a biostatistician, where she first became interested in psychosocial and quality of life outcomes within a healthcare setting. She received her PhD in statistics from Northwestern University and her MSW from Columbia University.
Jessica Lin, MPH
Healthcare Innovation Analyst
As a Healthcare Innovation Analyst, Jessica Lin works with the Healthcare Delivery Services team to evaluate and develop innovative models in primary care. She brings several years of experience in health policy research in various areas in healthcare,
including Medicare Advantage risk adjustment methods, California nursing workforce trends, medical marijuana legalization, and the impact of technology on health care consumers. Most recently, she worked at the Government Accountability Office in Washington DC where she conducted federal audits and program evaluations on several executive and legislative branch programs. She has also worked at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Jessica holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Management and Policy and a Bachelors in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Student Research Assistant, PAC Program
Samira Daswani is a graduate student at Stanford's Design-Impact Engineering Master's program. Her mission is to improve healthcare, and she is delving into the world of human-centered design thinking to develop tools to understand what
people actually want, value and need. She says true disruption in healthcare will take place only when we create products, services and systems that are designed with human values.
She earned bachelor’s degrees in biological engineering and art history from MIT and Wellesley College respectively. While at McKinsey & Company, she worked on transforming large healthcare systems. She then spent 2 years in the world of entrepreneurship, working in health technology.
As an avid scuba diver and a red belt in taek won do, Samira spends her time exploring beautiful places.
Claudia Amar, RN, MHA
Program Manager, High-Value Care
Claudia Amar brings over a decade of leadership experience working in academic, non-profit, healthcare, and government sectors advising health system organizations and stakeholders nationally and internationally. Currently, she is at Stanford
University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) collaborating with health system organizations to leverage data, best practices, and patient activation to facilitate the delivery of high-value care. Prior to joining Stanford, Claudia worked as a Senior Improvement Lead at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), an improvement organization dedicated to accelerating the spread of proven innovations across healthcare delivery organizations. During her time at CFHI, Claudia led the development and implementation of large-scale health system improvement partnerships and quality improvement collaboratives. She holds both a Bachelors' in Nursing Sciences and an MHA from the University of Montreal.
Nick Bott, PsyD
Research Scientist, 2016-17 Design Fellow
Dr. Nick Bott received his BA in International Relations at Stanford University focusing on the psychology of religious and political violence. His interests in the role of spirituality and psychological health led him to complete his M.Div., and subsequently
served as an associate pastor for two years. He returned to the Bay Area for doctoral work in clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the PGSP - Stanford Consortium. Nick completed his clinical internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System as the resident neuropsychology intern. As a clinician and clinical researcher Nick has trained at the Palo Alto VA, Stanford University School of Medicine, and UCSF. His dissertation, in partnership with Stanford's D.School, demonstrated the efficacy of an intervention to increase creative production, with concomitant gains in information processing. His research in older adult populations has focused on age-related and pathological cognitive decline and prevention through the identification of factors associated with successful cognitive aging trajectories, as well as the validation of digital assessments of cognition in clinical populations. He is excited by opportunities to translate cutting edge clinical research into scalable and affordable interventions to reduce cost and improve care for older adults experiencing cognitive decline.
Julia Lee, MBA
Prior to joining CERC, Julia Lee led innovation, research, and technology development initiatives for health care delivery organizations. She started her career at UCSF's Department of Neurosurgery researching effective treatment courses for Traumatic
Brain Injury Patients. At Kaiser Permanente's Digital Health Technology group, she led strategic programs for mobile messaging and notification technologies. Most recently, she managed the development of cognitive computing solutions for health care organizations in Deloitte LLP's US Innovation Team. Julia received both a BA in Economics and an MBA from UC Davis.
Sonam Mehta, MPH
Sonam Mehta is a program manager for the High Value Musculoskeletal Care project at the Clinical Excellence Research Center. Prior to joining CERC, she worked on a variety of health policy and management projects at Harvard University Health Services,
both a large self-insured employer for the Harvard community and a patient-centered medical home, as part of the administrative fellowship program in healthcare management. She also worked as a senior analyst in the government healthcare solutions team at Xerox Business Services managing the project management processes for the Medicaid Management Information Systems implementation across multiple states. Sonam holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC San Diego and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. In her free time, Sonam enjoys hiking, recreational sports, volunteering and meditation. She is excited to be back in sunny California working on new innovative models of care delivery at CERC.
Student Research Assistant, PAC Program
Alan Luo is a graduate student in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. As an Artificial Intelligence researcher since 2012, his mission is to bridge the gap between computer vision algorithms and real-world applications, especially
in healthcare. He is currently leading the Intelligent Senior Home project and previously worked on the Hand Hygiene Project. Advised by Professor Fei-Fei Li, he has rich experience and publications in various areas in Artificial Intelligence, including human activity understanding, machine learning with limited human annotations, and multi-modal vision. Before that, Alan received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he spent three years researching biomedical imaging and AI-assisted diagnostics.
Brian Brady, MD
2016-17 Design Fellow, Research Fellow, Associate Design Fellowship Director
Dr. Brian Brady studied liberal arts and biology at the University of Delaware, prior to completing his medical school training in Philadelphia, at Jefferson Medical College. He remained in Philadelphia to
pursue his internal medicine residency at Temple University. It was out of this residency training, during which he cared primarily for an underserved, urban patient population that his interest in population health, and public policy grew. During his chief residency year at Temple, this interest further developed as Brian spent much of his time designing improved healthcare delivery programs and working with multidisciplinary hospital teams to implement them. He came to Stanford to pursue a research fellowship in nephrology, and recently completed his first clinical year. He is excited to combine his passion for patient care with his interests in population health and health system innovation as a CERC fellow.
Kendell Cannon, MD
A passionate climber, Dr. Kendell Cannon was drawn to the Wasatch Mountain Range and completed both medical school and her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Utah. Her interest in the outdoors led her to get involved
with Wilderness Medicine of Utah where she helped train first responders and healthcare professionals in emergency care for the backcountry. After completion of her residency in 2014, Dr. Cannon worked as a Hospitalist at Intermountain Healthcare splitting her time between supervising/educating residents and medical students and directly providing patient care. Her experiences caring for a large number of elderly patients has instilled in her a deep interest in the aging process and how to better serve patients as they age. In addition to her work as a hospitalist, Kendell has worked to create and expand the palliative care services provided by IHC. She became a hospice medical director with Rocky Mountain Hospice to further pursue her interest in the subject. Through her myriad experiences caring for hospitalized patients, she has developed the strong belief that patients should have more say in the direction of their care and the ability to choose the quality of life that suits their goals. Kendell joined CERC because she is interested in designing healthcare systems that can better meet the needs of the elderly patient population that she serves.
Danielle Rochlin, MD
Dr. Danielle Rochlin is a native Californian who was born and raised in Pacific Palisades, CA. She then migrated east where she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology and certificate from the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. While at Princeton, she was a Global Health Scholar and received top honors for her senior thesis on vaccine development and health policy. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.
Danielle is currently a resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. Her recent research interests include improving outcomes in breast cancer reconstruction through the application of new technologies and biologics, and enhancing care for burn patients by optimizing health care delivery models. Her interests also include international surgical volunteerism, healthcare consulting, half marathons, and skiing. She is excited to further her passion for innovative patient care and health systems reform through exploring the complex problems that challenge our healthcare system as a CERC fellow.
Claudia Scheuter, MD
Dr. Claudia Scheuter studied medicine at Bern University and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland. She currently works as an attending physician and enjoys teaching and supervising residents
and medical students on the wards of general internal medicine, hemato-oncology, respiratory medicine and the emergency department at University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland. Claudia brings 9 years of clinical experience in hospital medicine in Switzerland, working in diverse care settings and fields; such as general internal medicine, hemato- oncology, palliative medicine, nephrology/dialysis, respiratory medicine and emergency medicine. During this time, she encountered many instances in which fragmented care and mal-aligned incentives in the Swiss healthcare system negatively affected patients, caregivers, insurers and society. These experiences motivated her to get involved in health services research and to learn more about health policy. Her research has focused on medical practice variation, namely by examining regional variation of procedures of controversial clinical benefit in Switzerland using nation-wide hospital databases. Claudia looks forward to joining CERC in its efforts to promote high value health care systems and to hopes to advance health system innovation in Switzerland upon her return.
Myra Altman, PhD
Dr. Myra Altman grew up in South Africa and moved back to the US to attend college at Dartmouth, where she discovered a love for psychology. She went on to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and a clinical
internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Myra's research and clinical work have focused primarily on health behavior change, and she is particularly interested in applying her background in psychology to innovate and implement systems changes that improve population health and wellbeing. Myra loves puns, hiking, traveling, and cooking, and particularly loves picking fruit and digging for clams!
Chuan-Mei Lee, MA, MD
Dr. Chuan-Mei Lee received her BA in Human Biology and MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. After college, she spent a year studying rural-to-urban migration experiences among migrant women in Beijing,
China as a Fulbright Scholar. She then went on to medical school at Harvard and recently completed her residency in general psychiatry and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCSF. Chuan-Mei became interested in systems of care in medical school when she helped establish integrated mental health care services in a student-run primary care clinic. Her current clinical and research interests include integration of mental health services in non-psychiatric settings, such as pediatric primary care and school settings. She is excited to join CERC to gain experience in value-based health care delivery innovation. She hopes to go on to a career in academic child and adolescent psychiatry and implementation science to improve mental health care services for children and adolescents. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new skills, such as skiing and scuba diving.
Francesca Salipur, MD, PhD
Dr. Francesca Salipur was born in Padova, Italy, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1987. She grew up in Connecticut on the shores of the New England Sound, relocated to Rochester, Minnesota as a high school student, and then
attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate. Her interests in Public Policy and Medicine began as an undergraduate, when she completed research projects in both the cultural policy and healthy policy fields. Her interest in health policy led her to spend a summer volunteering for the Covering Kids and Families Program, which exposed her to the overwhelming need for affordable healthcare for underserved populations and inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. After spending two years preparing for medical school as a research assistant in a laboratory at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, she attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an MD/PhD degree, with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her dissertation work focused on delineating the mechanism of action of a novel experimental cancer therapeutic called "XB05". Today she is a second year resident in the Department of Surgery at Stanford. Her current clinical interests include Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Oncology and Palliative Care. She is interested in learning to using technologic innovations to improve workflow efficiency and resource utilization to deliver high quality, low-cost surgical care, both in the US and in the developing world. In her spare time, Francesca enjoy photography, gardening, downhill skiing and international travel.
Director of Administration
As the fellowship coordinator, Zoe Richardson supports our design fellows to ensure they are prepared throughout their fellowship year. Prior to CERC, she was an intern at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in their Lean Promotion Office.
During her time at PAMF she gained experience in internal consulting to improve care quality, supporting lean improvement events, and coaching front line staff through improvement efforts. Zoe holds her Bachelors in Health Science with a concentration in hospital administration, and a minor in business administration from California State University, Chico.
Susan Shum-Maxwell joined the CERC team in October 2016 as the team’s Administrative Associate. She plays a critical role by providing support to Dr. Milstein as well as general operational support to CERC management.
She ensures administrative functions run smoothly and transparently. Susan came to CERC with a diverse background in administration work, most recently in Intellectual Property Law. Susan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Spine Care Project Consultant
David Hopkins, MS, PhD
Dr. David Hopkins serves as Research Advisor at CERC. Prior to joining CERC in 2016, he served in various senior capacities at the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), a national employer coalition dedicated to improving value
for purchasers and consumers of health care. He advised PBGH and its member companies on health care performance measurement and policy issues and served as PBGH’s representative on regional measurement collaboratives and national policy-making bodies. Prior to joining PBGH in 1995, David was Vice President with International Severity Information Systems, Inc., a medical severity indexing software and consulting firm. From 1978 to 1993, David held a variety of senior management positions at Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center. He served on the Board of Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) from 1994-2006. David was educated at Harvard (A.B. in Biology) and Stanford (M.S. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Operations Research). He was co-recipient of the 1981 Lanchester Prize awarded by the Operations Research Society of America for best publication in operations research.
AI-Assisted Care Advisor
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
Dr. Nirav Shah is a Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. He is a leader in patient safety and quality, innovation and digital health, and the strategies required to transition to lower-cost, patient-centered health care. Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Shah is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale
School of Medicine, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Shah serves as an independent director for STERIS plc, as an Advisor to Deerfield Management, and as a trustee of The John A. Hartford Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and helps set the health priorities for the United States as a member of the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Previously, he served as senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer for clinical operations for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.
James Gillespie, MA, PhD
Dr. James Gillespie is passionate about the application of advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and big data to address challenges and opportunities for companies and organizations in the biopharmaceutical, healthcare, medical, and technology sectors. He is lead author of the recent book Patient-Centric Analytics in Health Care:
Driving Value in Clinical Settings and Psychological Practice published by Rowman & Littlefield. In collaboration with several physicians, he is leading work on a new book AI and Machine Learning: Revolutionizing the Future of Healthcare and Medicine. His education includes Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, MA, PhD; Harvard University School of Law, JD; Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, MPA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS; Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School; and Rand Graduate School.
Peter is a business consultant with a results-driven approach emphasizing actionable goals, clear communication, and effective management. As CEO of The Public Library of Science (PLOS), Peter led the organization to sustainability, with nearly
$50 million in annual revenue. At CERC, Peter advises on organizational structure, communications, and strategic planning. Peter is the author of two books on internet-based media and the advent of the web within corporations. Less
Nancy Parker Taylor
Nancy Taylor is currently leading her own consulting practice, NPT Consulting, where she provides strategic advising to health care organizations. Most recently, she was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Stanford University School of Medicine where
she helped to set the vision for Stanford Medicine and translate that vision into strategic and operational plans. Nancy has over 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership and consulting. With Kaiser Permanente, Nancy was the Vice President for Public Policy, External Relations, and Communications for The Permanente Federation. In that role, she oversaw the policy, government relations, marketing, and communications activities of The Permanente Federation. Nancy was also the Executive Director of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), a consortium of 24 of the nation’s most prominent medical groups (including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain HealthCare, and Geisinger Health System) working together to influence national health policy and drive superior value care through the leadership and of advanced integrated delivery systems. Prior to this, she led her own practice and held previous consulting roles in strategy and analytics consulting for both Hamilton/KSA and Mercer Inc.
Nancy has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and an AB in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed the Stanford Program at Oxford, studying in affiliation with Magdalen College. She completed Kaiser Permanente’s Advanced Leadership Program in association with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and the Executive Fellows Program of the International Federation of Health Plans.