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


The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) falls under the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the American College of Surgeons.

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, is the director of ACS NSQIP and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care.

ACS NSQIP relies on the participation of surgeons to provide expertise and leadership at a national level and to create broad-based buy-in and implement the program at every hospital. ACS NSQIP data definitions are developed by a panel of nationally known experts in their respective surgical specialties.

Advisory Workgroup

The purpose of this workgroup is to advise ACS NSQIP leadership on hospital recruitment, public policy issues, and quality performance improvement opportunities. This group charters subgroups as necessary to develop programs, pilots, and initiatives to advance ACS NSQIP. Further, the Advisory Workgroup is responsible for advising the Quality Committee of the American College of Surgeons on the status, direction, and opportunities of ACS NSQIP. 

Expansion Working Group

Surgeons with experience using ACS NSQIP are a trusted resource for other surgeons and hospital administrators who may be considering joining the program. The ACS NSQIP Expansion Working Group consists of active surgeons who are available to aid new hospitals in joining the program, build or expand collaboratives and engage new hospitals.

SCR Advisory Council

Surgical Clinical Reviewers (SCRs) from a variety of hospital types with years of ACS NSQIP experience comprise the SCR Advisory Council. Members give feedback to the ACS NSQIP program on the role of the SCR, data collection and entry and issues related to SCRs and their role in quality improvement.