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Save the Date: ACS Quality and Safety Conference Convenes in New York City, July 21-24, 2017

National conference will provide a professional forum on the most recent national and local quality and safety initiatives in the field of surgery.

CHICAGO (January 30, 2017): Surgical team members, clinical registry experts, and allied and administrative health care professionals who are dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2017 Quality and Safety Conference. Formerly known as the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Annual Conference, this surgical meeting will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City, July 21-24, 2017.

Building on the success of 11 previous conferences devoted to ACS NSQIP, this year’s event will once again feature leaders in surgery and a variety of speakers and presentations focused on ACS NSQIP, but also include expanded content on these ACS quality programs:

  • ACS NSQIP® Pediatric
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)
  • Children’s Surgery Verification™ (CSV) Quality Improvement Program
  • Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

The conference theme, Achieving Quality: Present and Future, will set the tone for the meeting, as presenters and organizers strive to:

  • Provide a professional forum to discuss and apply the most recent knowledge pertaining to local, national and international quality initiatives in the field of surgery.
  • Present methods used to analyze clinical registry data and demonstrate practical ways to use the data for surgical quality improvement.
  • Assist hospitals in managing, analyzing, and interpreting data by providing education on proven methods that will empower hospitals to make a positive impact at their facilities.
  • Enhance the learning experience by offering breakout sessions that educate attendees on the topic areas of their choice and with consideration of their level of experience in various ACS quality improvement programs.

“We are excited to have multiple quality programs of the American College of Surgeons coming together for this conference so that we can all learn how to get better, become more efficient, and provide high value care in all types of settings. This is the first time we’ve put together a conference like this, which we hope will be the first of many,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, who oversees all of the College’s quality programs.

Keynote speaker Blake Haxton, a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team in rowing, will share his unique insight with attendees. Mr. Haxton contracted necrotizing fasciitis in March 2009 during his senior year of high school. As a result of the infection, he suffered heart, lung, kidney, and liver failure and also lost both legs to the disease, before embarking on an intensive path of rehabilitation therapy and later continuing on to college and law school to earn a JD degree.

Another conference highlight will be abstract competitions in four categories: Medical Student and Surgical Resident Abstract Competition; Surgical Clinical Reviewers (SCR) Abstract Competition; Clinical Abstract Competition; and Abstract Poster Competition.

The conference program and other details can be viewed online.

In addition, hotel accommodations can be secured online. For details on making reservations at the special conference rate that expires on June 20, visit the Hotel Accommodations web page.

Members of the media who cover surgical quality and patient safety issues will be eligible to apply in the spring for press credentials to cover the conference. For further information, contact

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About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit