About Stern Consulting

Stern Consulting provides strategic, operational and marketing analysis for hospitals and other healthcare organizations; helps analysts and researchers find the best data for their projects; and conducts original research.

Hospitals and Hospital Systems. The firm was founded to advise hospital and healthcare systems on issues of strategy and operations. Stern Consulting’s clients have ranged from nationwide hospital chains and major teaching institutions to small rural hospitals; the firm has served hospitals across the country including two of the nation’s five largest healthcare systems.

Other Healthcare Organizations. Stern Consulting has advised a range of life sciences companies, healthcare financing bodies and provider organizations. The firm has performed market strategy studies for the nation’s largest pharmaceutical company as well as a market-leading pharmacy benefits manager. The firm has also completed a number of business planning engagements for clients ranging from an early-stage disease management company to a nationwide outsourcer of hospital revenue cycle management to an academic cardiac surgery group practice.

Data Users. Stern Consulting conducts original research and supports healthcare organizations, researchers and other users of data in identifying datasets suitable for their analytic objectives. The firm maintains a database of resources and is developing an interactive utility to facilitate the data selection process.


David M.C. Stern

David Stern is the founder and president of Stern Consulting, a boutique provider of research, analysis, and strategic business advisory services to healthcare organizations. He has advised some of the pre‑eminent healthcare companies in the country.   

Prior to founding Stern Consulting, Mr. Stern spent six years advising hospitals at APM/CSC, where he managed clinical effectiveness and operational improvement projects. Previously, Mr. Stern served as marketing coordinator in the Medical Products Department of Canon’s European headquarters.  

Mr. Stern earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in economics from Yale College. He has lectured on management, ethics, and healthcare economics at various schools including New York University, Middlebury College and Vanderbilt University. Mr. Stern has also contributed to a textbook on nonprofit management.

In addition, Mr. Stern has served on the boards of various nonprofit and public organizations in the areas of healthcare, education, emergency services and arts. He has spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and a coach of youth sports.


Brian Williams

Brian Williams is the vice president of analytic services at Stern Consulting. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare decision support, serving in a variety of capacities. Prior to joining Stern Consulting, Mr. Williams was vice president of Net-Fast, Inc.—a web-based business intelligence firm using multi-dimensional databases to provide online analytic capabilities to hospitals and healthcare organizations. Mr. Williams designed and implemented client-specific solutions using combinations of proprietary and publicly available data.

Previously, Mr. Williams managed the analytic staff for the Decision Technology group of CSC Healthcare. In this capacity he supported the information requirements of individual hospitals as well as large, multi-institutional networks.

Mr. Williams also co-founded and served as vice president of Utilization Management Associates, Inc. (UMA). At UMA, he worked with healthcare plans and hospitals in the U.S. and Canada to improve efficiency and eliminate barriers to appropriate use of healthcare resources.

Mr. Williams earned an MBA with concentration in healthcare management from Boston University and a BA in political science from Holy Cross College.