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Stephen Davies

2001-02 Harkness Fellow Director of Information and Planning Addenbrooke’s National Health Service (NHS) Trust

Harkness Project Title: Academic Health Centers in the United States and the United Kingdom: How Does the Current Environment Support Their Missions?

Mentor: David Blumenthal, M.D.

Placement: Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare System

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Stephen M. Davies, a 2001–02 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is director of information and planning for Addenbrooke’s National Health Service (NHS) Trust, the principal clinical partner for the University of Cambridge. His responsibilities include corporate planning, information management, R&D management, and university liaison. He is the principal author of a joint strategy between the NHS, University of Cambridge, and Medical Research Council to develop Addenbrooke's as a biomedical campus of international standing. Davies’ policy interests include health and education partnerships, academic clinical centers, and performance management. He has over 10 years of service in Britain’s National Health Service, initially in financial management and more recently in strategic planning. His previous career includes work in the social housing arena and as CFO of a publicly listed utilities company.


Project: The objective of Davies’ project was to identify and examine the common policy issues surrounding academic medical centers in the U.S. and U.K., and compare the differing country responses.  He conducted a quantitative analysis of publicly available data sources to compare the missions and homogeneity of academic medical centers in the two countries.  He also conducted comparative case studies at two academic medical centers in each country, which involved stakeholder interviews and document analysis.


Career Activity Since Fellowship


  • Fellow in Health Management, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge 2009
  • Chief Operating Officer, Cambridge University Health Partners 2008
  • Programme Director for Hospital Renewal, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2007
  • Director, NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Research and Development Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2005
  • Lecturer in Health Services Management, University of Essex, 2004

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer, Cambridge University Health Partners. (Updated 1/2014)


E-Mail: [email protected]

Selected Publications


Klasen EC, Davies SM, Uzan S, et al. “Academic Health Centres in research-intensive settings in Europe.” League of European Research Universities, March 2011.


Davies SM., Tawfik-Sukhor A, de Jonge B ‘Structure, governance and dynamics of University Medical Centres in The Netherlands’ Academic Medicine 2010 Jun;85(6):1091-7.

Davies S. “Understanding the Economic and Social Impact of Academic Clinical Partnerships,” Academic Medicine, 2008.

Davies S. “Academic Health Centres: What is the Agenda for Research?” Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 2008.

Davies S. "Health Services Management Education: Why and What?" Journal of Health Organisation and Management 2006; 20(4).

Davies, S and Smith T. "Managing University Clinical Partnership: Learing from International Experience" Higher Education Management and Policy 16:2 July 2004.

Davies S. "What is Clinical Governance? Questions and Answers." Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, June 2002. Vol. 7(3). Davies S. Identity and Ideology. "A comparative study of academic health organisations in the UK and the USA." The Nuffield Trust 2002.

Davies SM ‘Academic Health Science Centres’ British Journal of Healthcare Management 15(4) 2009

Davis S. and Smith T. "Engaging organisationl partnerships. A university hospital perspective on health and education sector partnership" UK University Hospitals Forum September 2002.