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

ACS and Ohio Strategize for Improving Health Care


CHICAGO (March 7, 2014): On Friday, March 28, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Ohio to inspire community discussion about the state of health care quality in Ohio. Participants will identify and discuss collaborative strategies that surgeons and other clinicians, hospitals, health care organizations, educators, and government officials can implement to improve the value of surgical care and achieve better patient outcomes while reducing medical costs. Media representatives are invited to the program to hear from a panel of health care experts from across Ohio.


The program will feature keynote speaker Greg Moody, director, office of health transformation, State of Ohio, who will discuss the state’s comprehensive approach to health care transformation.


  • E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, distinguished professor and the Robert M. Zollinger Professor of Surgery; CEO, faculty group practice; vice dean, clinical affairs; general surgeon, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FACS, chief quality and patient safety officer; associate dean for clinical affairs, quality and patient safety; cardiothoracic surgeon; associate professor of surgery, division of thoracic surgery, department of surgery; associate professor, department of molecular biology, immunology and medical genetics, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Panel Introductions

  • Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA, FACS, chair, department of surgery; executive director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Transplant Center; professor of surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


  • Thomas Hartranft, MD, program director, department of surgery residency, Mount Carmel Health System
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Jeffrey Innes, MD, FACS, director of surgical education, Grant Medical Center
  • Jeff Ponsky, MD, chairman, department of surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; professor of surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; surgeon-in-chief, University Hospitals
  • Steven M. Steinberg, MD, FACS, professor of surgery; vice chairman for clinical affairs, department of surgery; chief, division of trauma, critical care and burn, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Friday, March 28, 2014
8:30–10:30 am ET

Free event, registration open to the public


Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Building 191, Ohio State University
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

*Participants can be available for media interviews on site, or via phone before/after the forum. Please contact Trish Corprew at or 612-296-8067 to register or arrange interviews.

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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


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