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 that deliver the highest quality care at lower cost – the bright spots of health care.  

Stanford PAC

A collaboration with the Stanford Computer Science Lab, Partnership in AI-Assisted Care applies cutting edge computer vision and machine learning to solve some of health care's most critical problems.


Our fellows develop a solid foundation in design thinking for health care and work directly with leaders in medicine and industry.

Care Models

We forge new research partnerships to investigate domains with the highest potential to lower the cost of great care. 

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CERC Moderated Panel:  The Future of AI in Healthcare - 3/18/19