In 2019, we announced the approval of the Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement: Creating a Community of Improvers.

Now under the co-direction of Dr. Lane Donnelly, Chief Quality Officer of Stanford Children’s Health, and Dr. Paul Maggio, Chief Quality Officer, Stanford Health Care, the Stanford Medicine Center for Accelerating Improvement aspires to: 

  • Support Stanford Medicine in becoming the “best at getting better”
    • Drive improvement in key performance indicators in value (quality, safety, experience, and cost) throughout Stanford Medicine (including Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, Valley Care, University Health Alliance and Packard Children’s Health Alliance
    • Develop the next generation of leaders in improving health
    • Generate and share new knowledge related to improvement in health delivery
  • Enhance Stanford Medicine’s reputation for excellence in improving the health and well-being 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 and beyond
  • Facilitating Learning from and interactions with individual and Organizations beyond Stanford University

The key areas of focus for the Center now include:

  • Education and capacity development in improvement science
  • Enhance evaluation, publication, and external funding of improvement efforts
  • Advanced data analytics
  • Teamwork 
  • Health Equity
  • Clinical Pathways

We urge everyone in the Stanford Medicine Community – in all occupations and at all levels – to join our community of improvers! 

Lane F. Donnelly, MD

Professor Radiology & Pediatrics
Associate Dean, Maternal and Child Health (Quality and Safety)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Chief Quality Officer
Christopher G. Dawes Endowed Director of Quality
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Stanford Children’s Health

Paul Maggio, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
Chief Quality Officer, Stanford Health Care

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.