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

New York

New York Forum

(From L to R: Jeffrey H. Peters, MD, FACS; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; Pierre F. Saldinger, MD, FACS; H. Leon Pachter, MD, FACS; Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS; Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS; Foster C. Gesten, MD, FACP; Clifford Y. Ko, MD, FACS (Not Pictured: Steven J. Corwin, MD; Laurie H. Glimcher, MD; Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC))

On Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to host the 10th Inspiring Quality forum in New York. More than 160 guests attended the event, which was moderated by Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and featured a diverse set of health care leaders who presented and joined in a panel discussion on the importance of a data-driven approach to quality improvement. The forum highlighted programs such as the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) as examples of the important roles outcomes data and measurement play in improving patient care and reducing costs.


  • Steven J. Corwin, MD, CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Foster C. Gesten, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Office of Quality & Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health
  • Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Provost of Medical Affairs, Cornell University
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
  • Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
  • Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Leon C. Hirsch Professor, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Chief, Section of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center


  • H. Leon Pachter, MD, FACS, George D. Stewart Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, NYU School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey H. Peters, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Pierre F. Saldinger, MD, FACS, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, New York Hospital Queens
  • Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair, Department of Surgery, Albany Medical Center; Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College

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