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

ACS Northern California Leaders Look to Improve Emergency Care System

Surgical Leaders and other Medical Experts Discuss Lessons Learned from Asiana Airlines Accident Response


CHICAGO (January 8, 2014): On Tuesday, January 14, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and hosts John Maa, MD, FACS, and Shelley Marks, MD, FACS, will bring together health care leaders from across the Bay Area for the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Northern California, to share the successes and challenges in trauma/critical care delivery in the days and weeks after the July 2013 Asiana Airlines accident. Participants will discuss new solutions to improve the quality of patient care and strengthen emergency care systems through regionalization, coordination, and enhanced collaboration.


Media representatives are invited to attend the program to hear California health care leaders and others examine key learnings that response teams, hospitals, and clinicians uncovered as a result of the Asiana Airlines accident, to improve trauma care for future patients. This includes investing additional resources to transform the emergency care system to address larger challenges facing emergency rooms nationally and worldwide, such as mass disaster preparedness.


Tuesday, January 14
8:00–10:00 am PT
KEYNOTE: 8:20 a.m.
Free event, open to the public


Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
Fisher Conference Room East
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94143



  • John Maa, MD, FACS, President, Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons; Chair, University of California Office of the President Tobacco Related Disease Research Program SAC; Board of Directors, San Francisco Medical Society; Board of Directors, American Heart Association
  • Shelley A. Marks, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, Palo Alto Medical Foundation; President-elect, Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons


  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Michael C. Huang, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurological Surgery, UCSF
  • M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS, Professor and Interim Chief of Surgery, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, UCSF Division of General Surgery
  • Thomas G. Weiser, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Randolph W.Y. Wong, MD, FACS, General and Thoracic Surgeon, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Sutter Health

*Participants can be available for media interviews on January 14 and before/after the forum. Please contact Stacey Rammer at or 612-702-1147 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


Stacey Rammer

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