Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement

The goal of the Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement is to become the best at getting better. Please join us as we create a community of improvers – inclusive of everyone in the Stanford Medicine community in all disciplines and at all levels. Together, we will inspire and accelerate the delivery of consistent, excellent care across Stanford Medicine, inspiring and sharing our learnings with others everywhere.

Upcoming Events: SMCI Lecture Series

 July 27 12pm PST                                                                                       Title: Is it time to reimagine the US Healthcare System?
Presenter: Richard Shannon, MD, CQO Duke Health


August 3  12pm PST                                                                 Title: Machine learning, optimization and simulation to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care.

Presenter: David Scheinker, PhD Founder and Director, SURF Stanford Medicine Director of Systems Design and Collaborative Research, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, Stanford School of Medicine Adjunct Professor, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford School of Engineering

August 10  12pm PST                                                                          Title: Developing a Clinical Pathways Program

Presenters: Whitney Chadwick, MD      Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Stanford University Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Stanford Children’s Health Co-Director, Packard Clinical Pathways Program
Hannah Bassett, MD                            Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Stanford University Co-Director, Packard Clinical Pathways Program

Our Aims

  • Support Stanford Medicine in becoming the “best at getting better”

    • Drive improvement key performance indicators in value (quality, safety, experience, and cost) at Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford School of Medicine, and Stanford Health Care

    • Develop the next generation of leaders in improving health

    • Generate and share new knowledge related to improvement in health delivery across Stanford and beyond

  • Enhance Stanford Medicine’s reputation for excellence in improving the health and well-being of ourselves and of the people we serve through collaborative, team-based work

  • Ensure our continued leadership in the knowledge economy, by investing in internal knowledge generation and sharing throughout Stanford Medicine


Four Core Principles

The Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement benefits from the diversity of its members and the richness of the experiences that they bring. Although the program continues to evolve from when it first launched in October 2019, we continue to reach out to improvers across Stanford Medicine in the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford ValleyCare, UHA and PCHA. We welcome everyone from every discipline and recognize that we are stronger together as we value the contributions of every member of our teams.

Dr. Paul Maggio is Vice Chair of Surgery for Clinical Affairs, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Operational Effectiveness, and Associate Director of the Adult Intensive Care Unit. He trained in General Surgery at Brown University and obtained advanced training in Adult Surgical Critical Care and Trauma at the University of Michigan. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is triple board certified in General Surgery, Critical Care, and Medical Informatics. In addition to being a clinician and surgeon, Dr. Maggio participates in the National Committee on Healthcare Engineering for the American College of Surgeons, and his research interests are focused on the delivery of high-value care.

Dr. Maggio received the SHC Board of Hospital Director’s Denise O’Leary Award for Clinical Excellence in 2013

Micah Duchesne joined Stanford Medicine in 2020 as a Principal Consultant project managing the deployment and operations of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) for COVID-19. He is now the Administrative Director of Performance Improvement at Stanford Health Care where he leads annual operations planning, improvement consulting, and capability development. Micah is also a Fellow at the Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement.

Before joining Stanford, Micah was an independent consultant for his company Silicon Valley Strategy Group, which partnered with Novartis and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania to commercialize cellular therapies. He led a team of clinicians from Europe, Japan, and Australia in designing a global logistics model and quality management system for Kymriah, the world's first approved CAR-T therapy, and helped create an international advisory board aimed at improving global capacity.

Prior to independent consulting, Micah was the Director of Performance Improvement at Kaiser's Santa Clara Medical Center, and he previously held improvement roles of increasing complexity within other health systems. Micah has both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Health Services Administration from Mississippi College. He also holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional.

As a professional, Micah enjoys organizing complex stakeholder ecosystems, clarifying ambiguous goals, aligning visions, and driving high-stakes change. As a human, Micah just enjoys breaking a sweat. While he's not at work, he's at his very own gym in San Jose, CrossFit Moxie. You can find him there coaching olympic weightlifting or working out with his wife. He has a daughter in elementary school and two gym dogs.