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New podcast reviews ACS NSQIP® Surgical Risk Calculator


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has launched a new podcast episode of its Recovery Room Show featuring a discussion of the new ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Surgical Risk Calculator. In the podcast, host Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist from Charlotte, NC, and a member of the Commission on Cancer, interviews two surgeons, Clifford Y. Ko, MD, FACS, and Karl Bilimoria, MD, FACS, who developed the risk calculator. The guest surgeons share their thoughts on the ability of the surgical risk calculator to create an important dialogue between surgeons and patients about surgical risks and the how the tool may be used to deliver individualized patient care.

Dr. Ko is a colorectal surgeon at the University of California-Los Angeles and Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care and ACS NSQIP. Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist in the department of surgery and director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Current and past episodes of the Recovery Room may be downloaded at no charge through the College’s website at

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