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Quality Programs

“All of these quality improvement principles are important, but the last one is particularly important because it reassures the public that what they are promised is what  they are getting.”<br />~David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive DirectorImproving the quality of surgical care leads to greater access for patients, fewer complications, and better outcomes, thus lowering the cost of care. For nearly a century the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has implemented leading quality improvement programs.

ACS programs have improved quality in trauma, cancer, and breast care; bariatric surgery; and overall surgical care.

The underpinning of our quality improvement programs is based on four key principles:

  1. Set the standards.
  2. Build the right infrastructure.
  3. Use the right data.
  4. Verify with outside experts.

Learn more about the the role ACS leadership has played in quality, particularly our four principles of quality improvement, and how our quality programs can help you improve the quality of surgical care for your patients. 

Quality Programs

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Learn more about how our quality programs can you help improve the quality of care delivered to your patients.  



Breast Disease 


Pediatric NSQIP

Surgeon Specific Registry


Geriatric Surgical Care

The American College of Surgeons and John A. Hartford Foundation announced they will conduct a four-year initiative that will lead to improved care of older surgical patients through a standards and verification program for hospitals. The Geriatric Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program will produce a framework generalizable to all hospitals—regardless of size, location, or population served—to improve the quality of care they provide to older adults undergoing surgery.

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