Dr. Spurlock is the President and CEO of Convergence Health Consulting, President and CEO, Cynosure Health and Executive Director, Cal Hospital Compareleading and advising large improvement collaboratives at the national, state, and regional levels.  A nationally-known speaker on topics such as translating policy into practice, health care trends, and stakeholder engagement, Dr. Spurlock uses more than three decades of evidence-based practices to help health organizations accelerate improvement. 


  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Stanford University 
  • Editor, “All In: Using Health Care Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care” 
  • Executive Vice President, California Healthcare Association (CHA) 
  • CHA Expert, physician group relations, health policy, quality and performance measurement 
  • Senior Physician, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc 
  • American Hospital Association’s Quality Leadership Team 
  • 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 


  • 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 


  • COVID-19 in California’s Nursing Homes: Factors Associated with Cases and Deaths; California Health Care Foundation; December 2020
  • Harrington, C, Ross, L, Chapman, S, Halifax, E, Spurlock, B, Bakerjian,D: Nurse Staffing and Coronavirus Infections in California Nursing Homes. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice 21(3) 1–13
  • Network Adequacy 2.0: A Review of Hospital Network Variation in New York; New York State Health Foundation; June 2019
  • Narrow Networks: Does Limited Choice of Hospitals Affect Quality in Covered California; California HealthCare Foundation; October 2015•Safety in Numbers: Cancer Surgeries in California Hospitals; California HealthCare Foundation; October 2015•
  • A Tale of Two Births: High and Low-Performing Hospitals on California Maternity Measures; California HealthCare Foundation; November 2014
  • 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 Publication 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)
  • Spurlock, B, Stack, A: Engaging California Hospitals to Address the Opioid Crisis, California HealthCare Foundation July 7, 2020. https://www.chcf.org/blog/engaging-california-hospitals-address-opioid-crisis/


  • 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