New York

On Friday, November 16, 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to host the 10th Inspiring Quality forum in New York. More than 160 guests attended the event, which was moderated by Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and featured a diverse set of health care leaders who presented and joined in a panel discussion on the importance of a data-driven approach to quality improvement. The forum highlighted programs such as the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) as examples of the important roles outcomes data and measurement play in improving patient care and reducing costs.

From L to R: Jeffrey H. Peters, MD, FACS; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; Pierre F. Saldinger, MD, FACS; H. Leon Pachter, MD, FACS; Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS; Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS; Foster C. Gesten, MD, FACP; Clifford Y. Ko, MD, FACS (Not Pictured: Steven J. Corwin, MD; Laurie H. Glimcher, MD; Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC)

Presenters included:

  • Steven J. Corwin, MD, CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Foster C. Gesten, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Office of Quality & Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health
  • Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Provost of Medical Affairs, Cornell University
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
  • Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
  • Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Leon C. Hirsch Professor, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Chief, Section of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Panelists included:

  • H. Leon Pachter, MD, FACS, George D. Stewart Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, NYU School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey H. Peters, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Pierre F. Saldinger, MD, FACS, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, New York Hospital Queens
  • Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair, Department of Surgery, Albany Medical Center; Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College

For more information, email InspiringQualityTour@facs.org.

“Public reporting of health outcomes by providers is here to stay, with increasing expectations by payers and the public of transparency and accountability. This is taking place during a time in which ever rising health care expenditures, public and private, are being scrutinized for value. Clinicians, including the surgical community by virtue of its history and its expertise, can lead and contribute to this movement by helping to create a system of performance measurement that first helps providers improve care quality and safety for their patients, but is also responsive to these wider set of expectations by the public.”

Foster C. Gesten, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health