CERC Team - Faculty


Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, CERC 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).


Kevin A. Schulman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Associate CERC Director

Associate Chair of Business Development and Strategy, DoM

Director of Industry Partnerships and Education, CERC

Program Director of Master of Science in Clinical Informatics Management (MCiM)

Interim Division Co-Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Kevin Schulman was appointed as Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair of Business Development and Strategy in the Department of Medicine, Director of Industry Partnerships and Education for the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and, by courtesy, Professor of Operations, Information & Technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is the Director of Stanford’s master’s degree program, the Master of Science in Clinical Informatics Management.



Dr. Schulman’s research interests include organizational innovation in health care, health care policy and health economics.  With over 300 original articles, over 100 review articles/commentaries, and over 40 case studies/book chapters, Kevin Schulman has had a broad impact on health policy (h-index = 77). His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the American Heart Journal, Health Policy, Management and Innovation (www.HMPI.Org), and Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research.


Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Schulman served as a Professor of Medicine at Duke University, directed the Health Sector Management Program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business for a dozen years, created and directed the Duke University Master of Management in Clinical Informatics Program, and served as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School.

He is an elected member of ASCI and AAP. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the New York University School of Medicine, and The Wharton Health Care Management Program.


Sara Singer, MBA, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Associate CERC Director

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 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.


Ehsan Adeli, PhD

Clincal Assistant Professor

Ehsan Adeli is a clinical assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where he leads research primarily in the Computational Neuroscience (CNS) Lab.     More 

He is also affiliated with the Stanford Vision and Learning (SVL) lab and Partnership in AI-Assisted Care (PAC). With a Ph.D. in computer science & artificial intelligence and postgraduate training in biomedical imaging & computational neuroscience, Ehsan is applying his expertise to solve critical problems in healthcare and neuroscience.


David Chan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

David Chan, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Stanford School of Medicine, an investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and a Research Associate at at the National Bureau of Economic Research.   More 
A physician and economist, he draws on and contributes to labor and organizational economics to study how information and incentives impact productivity and equity in health care.

In 2014, he received the NIH Director’s High-Risk, High-Reward Early Independence Award to study the optimal balance of information in health information technology for patient care. He co-directs the VA Center for Policy Evaluation, a Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)-funded center tasked by the Evidence Act to evaluate VA policies and practices with rigorous methods of causal inference. In 2023, he received the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) Medal for the early-career economist who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics.

Dr. Chan received his M.D. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He trained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in internal medicine. He earned master's degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.  


Dev Dash, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dev grew up in Montreal, Canada, and received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine. He earned a Master's in Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health. He has a significant quantitative sciences background     More 


 (physics, epidemiology) and he initially began residency in neurosurgery but switched to Emergency Medicine and is fellowship trained in Clinical Informatics at Stanford. He has a strong interest in operationalizing effective and sustainable machine learning integrated workflows in the healthcare setting.



Swati DiDonato, MD

Clinical Professor

Swati is a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford School of Medicine. She practices hospital medicine at Stanford Hospital and is part of Stanford Hospital's value based care team. She has also worked with a variety of companies focused on  More 

bringing technology to healthcare including Medtronic, Samsung Health, and Pyrames Health. Swati completed her medical school, MBA, residency, and biodesign training here at Stanford.



Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor of Surgery

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov completed his surgical training at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr. Grantcharov is a  Professor of Surgery at Stanford   More 

University and Associated Chief Quality Officer for Innovation and Safety at Stanford Healthcare.

Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Grantcharov was a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Keenan Chair in Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

He was the Founder of the International Centre for Surgical Safety – a multidisciplinary group of visionary scientists with expertise in design, human factors, computer- and data science, and healthcare research. He previously held Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee medal for his contributions to clinical research and patient safety in Canada. Dr. Grantcharov was awarded the honorary fellowship of the Imperial College in London, the honorary fellowships of the Bulgarian, Danish and Brazilian surgical societies, the Spinoza Chair in Surgery from the University of Amsterdam and multiple national and international awards for his contributions to surgical education and surgical safety.

Dr. Grantcharov’s clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive surgery, while his academic focus is in the field of surgical innovation and patient safety.  He has become internationally recognized as a leader in this area with his work on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes. Dr. Grantcharov developed the surgical Black Box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the high-risk operating room environment.

Dr. Grantcharov has more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and more than 200 invited presentations in Europe, South- and North America. He holds several patents and is the Founder of Surgical Safety Technologies Inc – an academic startup that commercializes the OR Black Box platform. He sits on numerous committees with Surgical Professional Societies in North America and Europe.

He sits on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.



Robert M. Kaplan, PhD

Senior Scholar

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    More 

and social sciences programs. He is also a Distinguished Research Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA, where he previously 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 five different national or international professional organizations and has served as Editor-In-Chief for two academic journals.  His 21 books and over 580 articles or chapters have been cited more than 73,000 times (H-index>116) and Google scholar includes him in the list of the most cited authors in science.  He was Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005.   In 2019 Kaplan took on a new role as an opinion editorialist, contributing op ed pieces on about a monthly basis.  His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe,  The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle, STAT News (Boston Globe Media), RealClear Politics, MedPage, Health AffairsThe Hill, and a variety of other newspapers.   


Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH

Senior Scholar

Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, is a Senior Scholar in the Stanford University School of Medicine and an internationally recognized health care leader known for his expertise in health system system transformation, patient safety and quality    More 
improvement, veterans and military health issues, and the management of public health emergencies. He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University, and an advisor to several health technology companies.

Dr. Kizer’s professional experience includes serving as founding President and CEO, National Quality Forum; Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and chief executive officer of the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system; founding Director, Institute for Population Health Improvement and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis; inaugural Chief Medical Officer, California Department of Managed Health Care; Director, of the former California Department of Health Services; and Director, California Emergency Medical Services Authority. During his record tenure as California’s top health official he won high praise for orchestrating the state’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the largest pesticide poisoning epidemic in North American history, implementing California’s famed Tobacco Control Program and the ‘5-a-Day’ for Better Nutrition Program that the NCI later adopted for national implementation, pioneering Medicaid managed care, and restructuring many of the state’s public health and toxic substances control programs. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, the recipient of two honorary doctorates, and a fellow of distinguished fellow of 12 professional societies. He is board certified in six medical specialties and/or subspecialties and is a Fellow National of the international Explorer’s Club, the architect and founding member of the international Wilderness Medical Society, and a former U.S. Navy diving medical officer and certified Navy diver. 


Stephanie Peters, PsyD, MS

Associate Fellowship Director

Dr. Stephanie Peters is a former Stanford CERC fellow (2016-2017 prescription medication team), clinical psychologist, and the founder of WellRoo. Prior to launching WellRoo, she was the Behavioral Medicine Director for Carium, a digital health startup,       More  where she worked closely with product and engineering teams. Clinically, she focuses on evidence-based child behavioral health treatment approaches and enjoys identifying solutions to healthcare’s biggest challenges. She is especially grateful to be a part of CERC and the CERC mission to lower the cost of great health.

Stephanie completed her psychology internship training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford Children's Health/Stanford Medicine. Stephanie joined CERC to build upon her interest in designing and implementing high value interventions that have the potential to dramatically improve quality of care while also decreasing avoidable spending for an entire population. 


David Scheinker, MA, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. David Scheinker is the Director of Systems Design and Collaborative Research at the Stanford Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is the Founder and Director of SURF Stanford Medicine, a group that brings together    More 
students and faculty from the university with clinicians and administrators from hospitals to improve the quality of care using operations research methodology. He received a BA and an MA in mathematics from The University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a PhD in theoretical math from The University of California San Diego under Jim Agler in 2011. Before coming to Stanford, he was a Joint Research Fellow at The MIT Sloan School of Management and Massachusetts General Hospital. His current areas of research include mathematical control theory, the applications of operations research in healthcare, and functional analysis. Concurrently with his university appointments, David has spent time teaching theoretical math to gifted 11 and 12 year old students for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He is writing a popular math book titled Infinity in Wonderland with the intent to bring the material of these courses to a wider audience.


Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH

Senior Scholar

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    More 
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.


Vicky Woo, MD

Clinical Instructor

Dr. Victoria Woo is an OBGYN with a special interest in delivering effective, satisfying and high value care within OBGYN.   Her work at CERC includes understanding and promoting innovative care delivery models for prenatal and   More 

postpartum care.  She is also associate fellowship director for the CERC design fellowship.

Throughout her training she has had a strong interest in research and women’s health; first as an undergrad at Swarthmore College and then in medical school at Stanford.   She spent a year as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow in Kisumu, Kenya, studying low cost delivery of cervical cancer screening and treatment in an HIV clinic.  This fellowship helped shape Dr. Woo’s strong interest in improving quality, access and system innovation in healthcare.  She did her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California, San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Oakland.  She first came to CERC as a design fellow, where she and her team designed an innovative model to reduce healthcare spending and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction in maternity care.   She now works at CERC as research faculty and practices clinically at Kaiser Permanente.


Nick Bott, PsyD

Adjunct Professor

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.,    More 

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.


Jonathan H. Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Data Scientist

Jonathan H. Chen MD, PhD leads a research group that seeks to empower individuals with the collective experience of the many, combining human and artificial intelligence approaches that will deliver better care  than either can do alone.  More 
Dr. Chen continues to practice medicine for the concrete rewards of caring for real people and to inspire this research focused on discovering and distributing the latent knowledge embedded in clinical data.

Chen co-founded a company to translate his Computer Science graduate work into an expert system for organic chemistry, with applications from drug discovery to an education tool for students around the world. To gain perspective tackling societal problems in health care, he completed training in Internal Medicine and a Research Fellowship in Medical Informatics. He has published influential work in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Bioinformatics, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associations, with awards and recognition from the NIH Big Data 2 Knowledge initiative, National Library of Medicine, American Medical Informatics Association, Yearbook of Medical Informatics, and American College of Physicians, among others.

In the face of ever escalating complexity in medicine, informatics solutions are the only credible approach to systematically address challenges in healthcare. Tapping into real-world clinical data like electronic medical records with machine learning and data analytics will reveal the community's latent knowledge in a reproducible form. By delivering this back to clinicians, patients, and healthcare systems as clinical decision support, he aims to uniquely close the loop on a continuously learning health system.


Walter De Brouwer, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Walter De Brouwer is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at doc.ai. He is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine CERC and chief executive officer of xy.ai, a Harvard spin-off that uses satellite data to  More    

 map the impact of the exposome, exposures an individual encounters in their lifetime, on human health. Walter was previously a founding member of Scanadu, which later relaunched as InuiHealth,a consumer-medical device maker that obtained its 510K FDA clearance for its mobile urine test for UTI, kidney disease, and pre-gestational diabetes.

Additionally, Walter is currently chair of the IEEE-SA IC19-004-01 - Synthetic Control Arms division with real-world data, and a member of the following organizations: RDSC, the ROCHE Data Science Coalition; Anthem’s Digital Leadership; TED; and American Mathematical Society. 

He holds a master’s degree in Formal Linguistics from the University of Ghent, Belgium and a Ph.D. in Computational Semantics from the Catholic University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. His current interests include 5G Cognitive Radio, TinyML, Quantum Computing, Federated Edge Learning, and Information Theory.


Alan Glaseroff, MD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Alan Glaseroff came to Stanford in 2011 along with his wife Dr. Ann Lindsay at the behest of CERC Director Dr. Arnold Milstein to design and implement a new comprehensive model for patients with complex needs, Ambulatory ICU 2.0.     More 
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.


Brent James, MD, M.Stat.

Clinical Professor of Medicine

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    More 
methods, and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as he Institute of 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 Improvement (ATP), he has personally trained more than 5,000 senior physician, nursing, and administrative 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.


Amit Kaushal, MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Kaushal is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Stanford/VA) and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. He is an internal medicine physician with expertise in applications of computer science, AI,   More 
and machine learning to medicine and public health. He has worked in roles ranging from deeply technical to deeply clinical, in both academia and industry.

His interests lie in using machine learning and predictive analytics to drive effective clinical and operational actions which improve quality of care while lowering costs. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He holds a BS, MD, and PhD (Biomedical Informatics), all from Stanford University.



Craig Lindquist, MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Craig 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 M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at U of I and    More 
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 re-joins CERC as an adjunct professor 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.


Terry Platchek, MD

Fellowship Director

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     More 
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.


Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Nigam Shah is Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University, and Associate CIO for Data Science at the Stanford Hospital. Dr. Shah's research led to the creation of the nation's only bedside consult    More 
service that provides a clinician with an on-demand summary of similar patients in terms of the treatment choices made and observed outcomes (http://greenbutton.stanford.edu). Dr. Shah also leads Stanford Hospital's Program for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare, which aims to bring AI technologies to the clinic, safely and ethically, and is an Affiliate Faculty for Informatics with Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) and the Partnership for AI-Assisted Care (PAC). He is an inventor on several patents and patent applications on using ontologies for data mining and has co-founded two companies. Dr. Shah received the AMIA New Investigator Award for 2013, was elected into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 2015 ;and inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2016. He holds an MBBS from Baroda Medical College, India, a PhD from Penn State University and completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University.


Paul Tang, MD, MS

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Paul Tang is Adjunct Professor at the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University and a practicing internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Most recently, he was Vice President, Chief Health Transformation   More 

Officer at IBM Watson Health,  responsible for applying artificial intelligence technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. He has served in executive administration roles in health systems for over 25 years. Prior to joining Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Sutter Health, directing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health. Dr. Tang led one of the earliest implementations of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in the country in 1996, and in 2000, PAMF was the first to implement MyChart, a patient portal. Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has served on numerous NAM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System. He is a member of the Health and Medicine Division committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


Dr. Tang was co-chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy committee from 2009-2017. He has served as board chair for several health informatics professional associations, including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has served on the boards of AMIA, National Quality Forum, AcademyHealth, Computer-based Patient Record Institute, Joint Health Information Technology Alliance, NAM Board on Health Care Services, and National eHealth Collaborative. Dr. Tang is a recipient of the Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in Computer-based Patient Record System Implementation, and the AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics. He currently holds one patent and has 16 patents pending. He has published numerous papers in medical informatics, appearing in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has delivered over 360 invited presentations (including 44 keynotes) to national and international organizations. Dr. Tang is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford University and is a board-certified practicing internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


Serena Yeung, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Serena Yeung is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She was previously a Technology for Equitable and    More 
Accessible Medicine Research Fellow at Harvard University. Serena received her PhD from Stanford in 2018, where she was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Lab and co-advised by Fei-Fei Li in Computer Science and Arnold Milstein in Medicine. Serena’s research has been broadly in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning, with application to AI-assistance in healthcare. She has also spent time at Facebook AI Research in 2016 and Google Cloud AI in 2017.