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ACS hosts IQ Forums in Ohio and South Carolina


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently hosted two Surgical Health Care Quality Forums, one March 28 at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, and the other, April 1 in Columbia, SC. The two events were part of a series of Inspiring Quality programs aimed at infusing community participation into the national discussion on quality improvement. Presentations at the Ohio Forum focused on improving the quality of surgical care and reducing complications and costs. Participants at the South Carolina forum, which was presented in partnership with Safe Surgery 2015 and the South Carolina Hospital Association, examined the successes of the Surgical Safety Checklist and best practices now used in all of the state’s operating rooms (ORs).


Ohio: (from left): Robert Higgins, MD, F; Jeffrey Innes, MD, F; Steven Steinberg, MD, F; Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, F; Dr. Moffatt-Bruce; Dr. Ellison; Jeffrey Ponsky, MD, F; Steven Gabbe, MD; Thomas Hartranft, MD, F; and Mr. Moody

In his keynote address at the Ohio forum, Greg Moody, Director, Office of Health Transformation, State of Ohio, focused on the need for payment and delivery system reform and the state’s comprehensive approach to health care reform. E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, and Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FACS, cohosted the program. Dr. Ellison is distinguished professor and Robert M. Zollinger Professor of Surgery; chief executive officer, faculty group practice; vice-dean, clinical affairs; and general surgeon, OSU College of Medicine. Dr. Moffat-Bruce is chief quality and patient safety officer; associate dean for clinical affairs, quality and patient safety; cardiothoracic surgeon; and associate professor of surgery, division of thoracic surgery, department of surgery, OSU Wexner Medical Center.


South Carolina: (from left): William A. McDougall; Drs. Rubin and Gawande; Ashley Kay Childers, PhD, CPHQ, William Berry, MD, MPA, MPH, F, David L. Oliver, MD; and Dr. Hoyt

Chad A. Rubin, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Chair, ACS General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee; and staff surgeon, Providence Hospitals, Columbia, hosted the South Carolina forum. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, FACS, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Gawande is director, Ariadne Labs, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Boston, MA; executive director, Safe Surgery 2015; general and endocrine surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; and professor, department of health policy and management, HSPH. Dr. Gawande discussed the development of the World Health Organization’s OR checklist, implementation of Safe Surgery 2015’s approach to checklists, and the impact on quality of engaging all members of the surgical team.

View a complete list of Ohio Forum participants, a video archive, and photos from the event on the ACS Inspiring Quality website at View a complete list of South Carolina Forum participants and a video on the ACS IQ website at For more information, e-mail

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