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Surgical Quality Alliance

Mission and Goals

  • To bring surgical specialties and anesthesiology together to define the principles of surgical patient quality measurement and develop awareness among interested parties about issues related to surgical care and quality in all surgical settings.
  • To collate measures of surgical care quality, share methodologies across specialties to assist in the development of meaningful tools for quality improvement, and evaluate the use of registries.
  • To advance our own knowledge, serve as a point for disseminating information among surgical specialty societies and anesthesiology on quality-related initiatives underway in the federal and private sectors, and coordinate surgery’s response to those initiatives.
  • To provide a forum for shared and coordinated efforts among the specialties so that our collective staff and resources can monitor and participate effectively in the many organizations involved in data aggregation, reporting, and the development, validation, and implementation of physician performance measures.

Resource Document for Publicly Reporting Surgeons’ Performance on Surgical Quality Measures

The Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA), in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released Surgery & Public Reporting: Recommendations for Issuing Public Reports on Surgical Care. This resource document has been published to provide guidance to organizations that publicly report on surgical quality measures.

SQA Leadership

Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Chair

SQA Member Organizations

The member organizations of the SQA have developed meaningful tools for quality improvement and surgical quality measures. Review the list of various clinical registries developed by SQA member organizations.

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
American Society of General Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Urogynecologic Society
American Urological Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Society for Vascular Surgery
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Society of Surgical Oncology
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Contact Us

For more information about the Surgical Quality Alliance, please contact the SQA staff:

Jill Sage

Molly Peltzman