Dr. Milstein is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford and directs the University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. The Center engages faculty from Health, Computer, and Social Sciences in the discovery and replication of innovative health care delivery methods that safely lower per capita health care spending for excellent care.
Before joining Stanford's faculty, his career of applied research spanned private and public sector healthcare delivery and policy. After creating a healthcare performance improvement firm that he expanded globally following its acquisition by Mercer, he co-founded three nationally influential public benefit initiatives, the Leapfrog Group in partnership with the Business Roundtable in 1998 and the Consumer Purchaser Alliance in 2001. Appointed to consecutive term as a Congressional MedPAC Commissioner, he originated two subsequently enacted legislative changes to improve the value of healthcare. He was a founding staff member and serves as the Medical Director of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), the largest employer-led regional healthcare improvement coalition in the U.S.
Citing his national impact on innovation in health care policy and delivery methods, he was selected for the highest annual award of both the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and of the American College of Medical Quality. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, NAM) of the National Academy of Sciences, he chaired the planning committee of its workshop series on best methods to lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes. He was educated at Harvard (BA–Economics), Tufts (MD) and UC Berkeley (MPH Healthcare Evaluation).