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


Georgia Forum

(Top L to R: Karen Waters, MHA, MBA, RN; Carl R. Boyd, MD, FACS; Dane C. Peterson, MBA; Jerry Dubberly, PharmD, MBA; Alexandra Leopold, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; Ana Pujols McKee, MD; Ryan Fagan, MD, MPH; Bryant W. Wilson, MD, FACS; Bruce Feinberg, DO; Bottom L to R: LaMar McGinnis, MD, FACS; John Sweeney, MD, FACS; Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD; Otis Webb Brawley, MD, FACP)

On Dec. 12, 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the 11th Inspiring Quality forum at the American Cancer Society headquarters in Atlanta. The event was co-hosted by LaMar McGinnis, MD, FACS, Past President, American College of Surgeons; Senior Medical Advisor and Liaison, American Cancer Society, and John Sweeney, MD, FACS, W. Dean Warren Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Chief, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine.

The forum featured keynote speaker and nationally respected health care economist Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and chair of the department of health policy and management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; co-director, Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality; and several presentations on quality improvement models that measurably improve patient care and increase the value of health care. The forum also included the announcement of the Georgia Surgical Quality Collaborative, a statewide effort among hospitals to share information and utilize the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) to focus on improving outcomes in key areas of surgical care.

To conclude the forum, Bruce Feinberg, DO, vice president and chief medical officer of Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions and host of The Weekly Check-Up on WSB Radio in Atlanta, moderated a panel discussion featuring presenters and additional health care experts representing health plans/payers, purchasers, and hospitals.


  • Carl R. Boyd, MD, FACS, Memorial Health University Medical Center; professor of surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Otis Webb Brawley, MD, FACP, chief medical and scientific officer, executive vice president, American Cancer Society; professor of hematology, oncology, and medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; professor, epidemiology, Emory Rollins School of Public Health
  • Jerry Dubberly, PharmD, MBA, chief, Medicaid Division, Georgia Department of Community Health
  • Ryan Fagan, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Surveillance Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Alexandra Leopold, regional vice president, provider engagement and contracting, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Ana Pujols McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer, The Joint Commission
  • Dane C. Peterson, MBA, chief executive officer, Emory Hospital Midtown
  • Karen Waters, RN, MHA, MBA, senior vice president, professional services and strategic planning, Georgia Hospital Association
  • Bryant W. Wilson, MD, FACS, medical director, acute care surgery program, Piedmont Healthcare

For more information, read the ACS news release about the Georgia forum, listen to Dr. Feinberg’s interview of participants on WSB Radio, or e-mail

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