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Industry Affiliates Program

Innovation to Lower the Cost of Better Health

Help us improve health care by supporting our interdisciplinary research and education programs.

At the nexus of medicine, engineering and management, discoveries are emerging that create a generational opportunity to lower the cost of better health in the US and globally.

The CERC Industry Affiliates Program offers a unique opportunity for companies to engage in rapidly mobilizing emerging science and technology aimed at lowering the cost of better health.

Companies will

  • help to pinpoint the knowledge gaps that most greatly impede health care innovation,
  • learn about cutting-edge discoveries to address those gaps,
  • transfer learnings for rapid scaling, and
  • make impactful connections with thought leaders from Stanford and from across industry.

A Laser Focus on Tangible Outcomes

Two Stanford research units collaboratively engage in this Industry Affiliates Program:

Partnership in AI-Assisted Care (PAC) - a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine and Engineering focused on cutting edge computer vision and other computational methods to ensure that health-critical intended care activities are in fact delivered to patients.

Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) - focused on reducing the national burden of health care costs through investigation of the distinguishing attributes of “Bright Spots” clinical teams that considerably outperform national peers on measures of value to patients.


A Multi-disciplinary Team

The CERC Industry Affiliates Program is lead by:

  • Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of CERC
  • Fei Fei Li, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Stanford’s AI and Vision Labs


Participating senior faculty include:

  • Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA, Professor of Medicine, Prof. of Economics
  • Brent James, MD, Professor of Medicine, and former Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery at Intermountain Healthcare
  • Nirav Shah, MD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, and former New York State Health Commissioner
  • Jia Li, PhD,  AI Fellow, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine


Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH

Fei Fei Li, PhD

Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA

Brent James, MD

Nirav Shah, MD,

Jia Li,PhD

A Community of Innovators Making Health Care Affordable

CERC and PAC work with leading organizations who share our mission to improve value in health care, our founding affiliate members are Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), and Evolent Health.  

Affiliate Benefits- Tiered Participation Levels

We offer three membership levels: Affiliate, Principal and Strategic. 

Please note that industrial affiliates programs are subject to Stanford University policies for research policies specific to industry relationships. See the Stanford University Policies for Industrial Affiliates Programs for more details.





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Gift Opportunities

The Clinical Excellence Research Center relies on the generous support of donors to discover, demonstrate and disseminate innovations that substantially improve the affordability and quality of health care.

Philanthropic support significantly helps to advance groundbreaking discoveries and train a new breed of health care innovators. Expendable and endowment gifts enable the Center to design and pilot test new models of care delivery, strengthen fellowship packages to attract the most promising postdoctoral scientists, recruit leading faculty, and foster novel and collaborative research.

Kindly consider making a gift online or learn more by contacting:

Erik Rausch, Senior Director of Development

Medical Center Development
Phone: 650.725.1005
Web: CERC Medical Giving page


Innovative Collaboration

Connected Throughout Industries  

The Clinical Excellence Research Center is continuing to grow a strong network of partners and collaborators that work together to acellerate the impact of inovation in healthcare. Current collaborators include: 

  • Aarhus University
  • American College of Physicians
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareMore
  • Genentech
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Mount Sinai Health Systems
  • Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
  • On Lok
  • One Medical
  • Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Unite Here Health
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason