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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.

CERC's Response to COVID-19

The Covid-19 crisis is challenging CERC’s faculty, scholars, and fellows to rapidly develop innovations that lower the cost of clinically excellent infectious disease care. Additionally, our Partnership in AI-Assisted Care, with faculty and graduate students from the computer science department, is moving ahead with computer vision applications to ease the burden on clinicians striving to deliver exceptional COVID care to ICU patients.

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. 




NEJM , July 1 2020

Should Taxpayers Bail Out Excessively Priced Hospitals?

While it may be tempting to blame the plunge in hospitals’ profitability on the COVID-19 pandemic, the problem can be linked to hospital business strategies that began two decades ago, according to researchers at Stanford University.

NEJM Catalyst , June 2020

Slowing Medicare Spending by Optimizing Late-Life Needs

Former CERC fellows Francesca Rinaldo, MD, PhD, Myra Altman, PhD, and Kendell Cannon, MD, highlight three care delivery innovations to better meet the needs of older adults and reduce health spending.

HMPI , June 1, 2020

Evidence-Based Practice When the Evidence Changes Daily: Lessons From Stanford in Building a Critical Care Task Force During COVID-19

Stanford Hospital implemented a COVID-19 Critical Care Task Force (CCTF) to provide real-time institutional and regional guidance on patient care and surge planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MedPage Today, May 15, 2020

Why Do Countries' COVID-19 Death Rates Vary So Much?

Multiple factors at play: testing capacity, case definitions, age distribution, preparedness

MedPage Today May 12, 2020

We Need a Different Strategy for COVID-19 Testing

Public health has taken a back seat to clinical diagnosis for too long

NEJM Catalyst, May 11, 2020

Leading Frontline Covid-19 Teams: Research-Informed Strategies

Health care organizations can benefit from decades of cross-industry research

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