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

San Diego

Southern California Forum

(Pictured from left to right: Dr. James E. LaBelle; Dr. David Chang; Dr. Mark Schumacher; Dr. Ralph Dilley; Captain Mark A. Kobelja; Dr. Mark Talamini; Dr. David B. Hoyt; Chris Van Gorder; Dr. A. Brent Eastman)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the San Diego Surgical Health Care Quality Forum with keynote speaker David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director, on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. A panel of experts representing San Diego area academic medical centers and medical schools, hospitals, military, not-for-profit health care associations and quality improvement leaders led a community discussion about Inspiring Quality in Surgical Health Care—Quality Improvement Programs that Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs. ACS President-Elect A. Brent Eastman, chief medical officer and corporate senior vice president, Scripps Health, hosted and moderated the discussion which focused on the critical elements required in successful quality programs and best-practices about real-world quality improvement programs that measurably improve outcomes and reduce costs.

The program began with a keynote address from Dr. Hoyt followed by panelist statements and a Q&A session on surgical quality improvement programs.


  • Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Scripps Health; Immediate Past Chairman, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Mark A. Talamini, MD, FACS, professor and chairman, department of surgery, University of California, San Diego
  • Captain Mark Kobelja, MD, MC USN, deputy commander, Naval Medical Center, San Diego
  • Ralph Dilley, MD, vice chairman, department of surgery, Scripps Clinic Medical Group; surgeon-in-chief, Scripps Green Hospital
  • Mark Schumacher, MD, FACS, physician director of hospital surgical services, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego
  • David Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, director of outcomes research, department of surgery, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • James E. LaBelle, MD, MBA, corporate vice president of quality, medical management, and physician co-management, Scripps Health

For more information, read the ACS news release about the San Diego forum.

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