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


Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRSDear Colleagues,

On behalf of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), it is our pleasure to invite you to the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference (QSC), taking place this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota! We are thrilled to bring the Conference back to the Midwest and we are confident that Minneapolis will be a great venue for attendees to experience Minnesota’s deeply rooted traditions and unique culture.

Year after year, we constantly hear feedback from our attendees and participating hospitals on the “HOW” question. HOW do we as providers operationalize meaningful and impactful change and improvement in the quality of care and outcomes for our patients? This year, we have consciously tailored our Conference theme, the agenda, and the content presented to specifically address the HOW – HOW do you achieve surgical quality, and ultimately—HOW do you improve care? We hope you will join us in answering these essential and critical questions. We have organized the Conference to use our time together by sharing our collective expertise and best practices to provide high-quality care for our patients.

The agenda for this this year’s Conference will present content from the many established ACS Quality Programs including, Cancer Programs, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV), Geriatric Surgery Verification Program (GSV), along with additional tracks and sessions for those interested in Quality Improvement (QI) Principles and Tools. We are very excited to present a new track dedicated to various important elements of the soon to launch, ACS Quality Verification (QV) Program (formerly known as “Red Book”) at this year’s Conference. The Surgical Spectrum track will host of wide-ranging list of important and emerging topics that include:

  • Value Improvement
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Principles
  • Global Health
  • Business of Surgery Principles
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Team Dynamics
  • Enhanced Recovery

The keynote speaker, Eduardo Garcia, will share his life-changing story of when he experienced a 2,400-volt electrical shock in Montana’s backcountry. Over the course of his extensive surgical procedures and the care that he received, Eduardo will describe his experience as a patient, and how his outlook and purpose in life has changed to become a more motivated and determined individual.

We will have three evening events this year. On Friday night, we will host the ACS QSC Welcome Reception at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. The Nicollet Island Pavilion is a premier venue, nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River. Summer inspired food and libations will be served. On Saturday evening, we are bringing back the very popular series of Quality Program Socials where attendees have the opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from colleagues in the many established ACS Quality Programs. Finally, the Abstract Poster Reception and Networking Event is scheduled for Sunday evening will feature hundreds of scientific posters and the abstract presenters on their valuable research and QI projects.

The Conference was designed and organized with the help of many people. Everyone is excited for the content, energy, city and most of all, the camaraderie, learning and sharing that always takes place. We hope you will share in the experience and find the Conference rewarding, enjoyable, educational, and inspiring!


Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS
Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care