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


Massachusetts Forum

(Pictured from left to right: Dr. Slavin; Dr. Gawande; Dr. Warshaw; Dr. Altman; Dr. Zinner; Dr. Finlayson; and Dr. Hutter)

On June 4, 2012, a panel of experts came together at the Boston Marriott Copley Place and led a community discussion around Inspiring Quality in Surgical Health Care—Quality Improvement Programs that Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs. Participants and audience members discussed the value proposition that quality surgical care not only delivers better patient outcomes, but that it also delivers better financial outcomes—a critical and often overlooked tool in helping curb rising health care costs.

The forum featured keynote speaker Stuart Altman, PhD, MA, BBA, economist and health policy expert, Brandeis University, and was hosted by Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, W. Gerald Austen Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; surgeon-in-chief, Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Chair, ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, Moseley Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; clinical director, Dana Farber, Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; surgeon-in-chief, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH); Member, ACS Board of Regents.


  • Samuel Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS, Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, BWH
  • Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, FACS, BWH; Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health; lead advisor, surgery, World Health Organization Patient Safety
  • Matthew Hutter, MD, MPH, FACS, director of the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery, MGH; Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Slavin, MD, president, MGH

For more information, read the ACS news release about the Boston forum, Dr. Hutter’s guest blog post on The CommonHealth Blog (WBUR), or e-mail

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