Steven M. Asch MD, MPH is the Vice-Chief for Research, Stanford Division of General Medical Disciplines and the Chief of Health Services Research at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He develops and evaluates quality measurement and improvement systems, often in the care of patients with communicable disease. Dr. Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and the community. He directs the Center of Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) that focuses on how to maximize value by testing organizational innovations to make medical care more collaborative and efficient. His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research. Dr. Asch is a tenured professor and practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 280 peer-reviewed articles.