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ACS, Iowa health care leaders address rural surgery at IQ Forum



The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Iowa on June 27 in Des Moines. It was the 19th in a series of Inspiring Quality forums held across the U.S. since 2011.

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Participating at the Iowa forum (from left): Philip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, general surgeon, clinical professor of surgery, UICCM; Dr. Scott-Conner; Richard A. Sidwell, MD, FACS, Committee on Trauma State Provincial Chair, and Past-President, Iowa Chapter; Dr. Hoyt; Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, UI College of Public Health; Jennifer Vermeer, MPA, Medicaid Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise; Timothy A. Breon, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Mahaska Health Partnership; Dr. Weigel; and K. John Hartman, MD, FACS, President, Iowa Chapter.

At this forum, a panel of health care leaders shared insights regarding the unique health care issues that rural areas face today, including workforce shortages, quality education and training for the next generation of rural surgeons, and access to trauma care. Presenters discussed the 2001 start of Iowa’s trauma system and how it has helped to improve trauma patient outcomes. The forum also highlighted ACS programs and initiatives that support rural surgeons in the delivery of high-quality care, such as the creation of the ACS Advisory Council on Rural Surgery and the ACS rural listserv, a "hub" for 1,000 rural surgeons across the country to share information. More than 5 million e-mails have been exchanged on the listserv.

Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, and Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, co-hosted the event. Dr. Weigel is associate vice-president of the University of Iowa Health Alliance; and the EA Crowell Jr., Professor and Chair of Surgery, professor of surgery – surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, professor of biochemistry, anatomy and cell biology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (UICCM), Iowa City. Dr. Scott-Conner is professor of surgery, division of oncology and endocrine surgery, at UICCM.

View a complete list of Iowa Forum participants at, a full-program video, and photos from the event on the ACS Inspiring Quality website at For more information, e-mail

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