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


Thank you for all of the abstract submissions!

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is excited to present the selected abstracts at the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 12–16. The Poster Gallery will display over 400 abstracts submitted by authors across the globe. Attendees will have the opportunity to share the abstracts via social media and interact with authors using their attendee profile.

Authors will share abstracts from the following categories:

  • Bariatric
  • Cancer
  • Collaboratives
  • Education
  • Efficiency and Value
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • PROs/Patient Centeredness
  • Trauma/Acute Care
  • Surgical Potpourri
  • Healthcare Informatics for Quality
  • Health Equity/Access


The 2021 Quality and Safety Conference Abstract Competition Winners

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is proud to recognize the 2021 Quality and Safety Abstract Competition Winners. The extraordinary number of submissions made the selection of the award recipients very competitive and difficult. After careful deliberation, the competition winners are as follow:


Sharon Woo, MS, MBA
Massachusetts General Hospital
"Implementing the Bariatric Surgical Risk/Benefit Calculator for Shared Decision Making into Surgical Orientation"


Remi Love, MPPA
Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative
"Evaluating the Implementation of a Multi-Component Quality Collaborative Using Coincidence Analysis (CNA)"


Geeta Lal, MD MSc FACS
University of Iowa
"Incorporating Surgical Ergonomics Education into Surgical Residency Curriculum"


Muhammad Saeed, MBBS, FACS
Augusta University Medical Center
"Adapting our Approach for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) Patient and Staff Education During a Pandemic"

Patient Reported Outcomes / Patient Centeredness

Elias Hirsch
Nova Scotia Health Authority
"Implementation of Shared Decision Making Training Module for Patients Facing Preference-Sensitive Decisions Regarding Major Surgical Procedures"

Surgical Potpourri

Lisa Swenson, MS, BSN, RN, ONC
"Improving Surgical Outcomes through Outpatient Surgical Optimization"

Health Equity and Access

Charles Shelton, MD
The Outer Banks Hospital
"Measuring and Reducing Disparities in Cancer: An Example of how COC Accreditation at a Critical Access Hospital Helped Reduce Overall Cancer Mortality"

Healthcare Informatics for Quality

Hannah Moreland
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
"Quality Improvement Initiative to Optimize Outpatient Triage Workflow and Reduce Burnout"

Trauma / Acute Care

Sepehr Saberian
Morehouse School of Medicine
"Decreased Readmission Rates in Adult Trauma Patients Triaged Using the Modified Trauma-Specific Frailty Index vs the Emergency Severity Index"

Efficiency and Value

Bao-Tran Parker
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
"Improving Preoperative Risk Assessment Documentation in Elective Colorectal Surgeries"


Riley Frenette, BA
OSF Healthcare- Children's Hospital of Illinois
"Opioid Avoidance and Cost Reduction using Liposomal Bupivacaine in NUSS Procedure"