Bruce Spurlock


  • Bachelors of Arts in Economics (AB) – University of California, Berkeley
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) – University of California, Davis


  • Internal Medical Residence, Chief Resident – Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Clara, CA

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • Healthcare Research and Educational Trust (HRET) National Collaborative, July 2013 “Making national initiatives a reality with physician leaders”
  • National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Annual Meeting, May 2013 “Reducing harm in the ICU and learning how to accelerate implementation”
  • International High Reliability Organizing Conference, April 2013 “Organizational Change, HRO and Implications for Healthcare”, “Resilience, Variation and Standardization in Healthcare”
  • American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Annual Meeting, April 2013 “Engaging Physicians with Sticky Messages”
  • National Pay-for-Performance Summit, February 2013  “Hospital Transparency and Performance Incentives: Will New CMS Initiatives make State and Regional Programs Obsolete?”

Committees (Past/Present):

  • Safety Net Institute Board (SNI)
  • California Nursing Outcomes Coalition Board (CalNOC)
  • California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force Board (CHART)
  • California Quality Collaborative Executive Committee (CQC)
  • Maternal Data Center Advisory Committee
  • Stanford Center for Health Policy Stakeholders Advisory Committee

Recent Publications/Reviews:

  • Kathleen M. Carrothers, MPH; Juliana Barr, MD, FCCM; Bruce Spurlock, MD; M. Susan Ridgely, JD; Cheryl L. Damberg, PhD; E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH: Issues Influencing Implementation and Outcomes Associated with an Integrated Approach to Managing Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adult ICUs (Accepted for Pubilcation 2013)
  • Pedroja A, Blegen M, Abravanel R, Spurlock B: Two Approaches for Measuring Harm in Hospitals. (Accepted for Publication 2013).
  • Measure for Measure: Analyzing California Hospital Characteristics and Performance; California HealthCare Foundation; December 2008
  • Sebat F, Musthafa AA, Johnson D, Kramer A, Shoffner D, Eliason M, Henry K, Spurlock B:  Effect of a rapid response system for patients in shock on time to treatment and mortality during 5 years.  Crit. Care Med. 2007; 35(11):2568-2575
  • Legislating Medication Safety: The California Experience; California HealthCare Foundation; October 2003
  • Spurlock B, Teske P, Abravanel R, DeBaun B, Carrothers K:  Faster and Further: Accelerating Improvement with the BEACON Collaborative. (Submitted)

Past Work:

  • BEACON San Francisco Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative – Executive Director
  • California Healthcare Association (CHA) – Executive Vice President
  • The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. – Senior Physician in Internal Medicine