American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

ACS, Houston Health Care Leaders, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Discuss Ways to Improve Patient Outcomes


On Monday, September 10, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host a Surgical Health Care Quality Forum in Houston with leaders from local academic medical centers, medical schools, and hospitals to discuss the critical elements needed to improve surgical quality and reduce health care costs. The ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Houston will highlight the influence of rigorous medical training and proven surgical quality programs on the overall state of health care in Texas and across the nation, using programs such as the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIESM) and the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) as sustaining models of success.

WHAT: Media representatives are invited to attend the program* and hear from local health care leaders about programs and education efforts that use clinical quality data to reduce patient complications, infections and readmissions, thus translating into measurably lower costs and greater health care value.

The forum will feature keynote speaker U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18) and will be hosted by H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS, chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery, deputy chief of the department of surgery, The Methodist Hospital, professor of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, The University of Texas Health Science Center, ACS Regent and Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS,  John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair of Surgery, The Methodist Hospital, executive director, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), professor of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, former ACS Regent. Additionally, there will be remarks made by a panel of Houston healthcare leaders including:

  • Thomas A. Aloia, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgical oncology, program director, AHPBA  Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery Fellowship, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Kevin P. Lally, MD, MS, FACS, A.G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery, Richard Andrassy Distinguished Professor, professor and chairman, department of pediatric surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
  • Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, distinguished service professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, chief of staff/chief of surgery, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston
  • Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS, John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research, Director, Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes, associate professor, department of surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • M. Michael Shabot, MD, FACS, FCCM, FACMI, system chief medical officer, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston
  • Richard E. Wainerdi, PE, PhD, president and chief executive officer, Texas Medical Center, Houston
WHEN: Monday, September 10, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CT
WHERE: The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX

* Participants can be available for media interviews on September 10 and in advance of the forum. Please contact Jill Braun at or 612-998-4629 to register or to schedule an interview.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit


Jill Braun

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