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Nora Institute Mission


Paul F. Nora, MD, FACSThe Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety is named after the late Paul F. Nora, MD, FACS, distinguished surgeon, author, and fellow for the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He served as the College’s first director of professional liability. Dr. Nora and his three brothers were the second generation of what is now a four-generation family of physicians. Dr. Nora believed that exceptional surgical patient care was intertwined with technical skill and excellence. His respect for and sensitivity to the safety needs of both the patients and surgeons is at the heart of the Nora Institute.

Today the Nora Institute conducts the ACS Advanced Skills Course for Rural Surgeons. The Nora Institute recognizes the challenges faced by rural surgeons who serve in remote areas and often to large numbers of patients.


Amy Halverson, MD, FACSThe Nora Institute is led by Amy Halverson, MD, FACS. Dr. Halverson is a colon and rectal surgeon and an associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Utah, where her academic focus was in biomedical ethics. She attained her MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York City. After completing a general surgery residency at George Washington University, Dr. Halverson trained in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

On a national level, Dr. Halverson is member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. She is the ASCRS representative to the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. She also serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network panel on Colorectal Cancer Screening.

She serves on the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery and the Perioperative Care Committee.

As Executive Director of the Nora Institute, she oversees the rural skills course. She works with ACS staff and course faculty to continually bring content that is relevant to rural surgical practice and accessible to surgeons.