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 Our 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 replace the wasteful and dangerous inefficiencies that ail the U.S. health-care system.


We utilize research partnerships and collaborative programs to investigate scientific areas to enable the design of new, higher value models of care delivery.


CERC's unique research fellowship program discovers low-cost methods to attain high-quality care, and draws fellows and faculty from Medicine, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

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Health Management, Policy & Innovation (HMPI) Webinar Series - 11/15/2018 

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