Surgery Grand Rounds, Justin Dimick “Innovative Approaches for Improving Surgical Quality”

Learning objectives: (1) To appreciate the trade-offs with the two fundamental mechanisms for improving patient outcomes—selective referral and quality improvement. (2) To understand the gaps in our current approaches for improving patient outcomes in surgery. (3) To learn how video analysis and peer coaching could be used to fill existing gaps in surgical performance improvement.

When Mar 01, 2017
from 07:15 AM to 08:15 AM
Where Room 4008 - Old Clinic Auditorium
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Contact Phone 919-445-0369
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Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H. is the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Associate Chair for Strategy & Finance at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimick is a graduate of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan and a health services research fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Dr. Dimick's clinical practice is primarily devoted to advanced laparoscopy, including treatment of morbid obesity, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), paraesophageal hernias, abdominal wall hernias, and other benign and neoplastic diseases of the stomach, spleen, and foregut. He is the editor of the widely read surgical textbook, Clinical Scenarios in Surgery: Decision Making and Operative Technique, published by Lippincott (2012).

Dr. Dimick is Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan, which includes 100+ faculty and staff focused on improving the quality and efficiency of acute and specialty care. With R01 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), his own research focuses on quality measurement, policy evaluation, and large-scale, innovative quality improvement interventions. He is also the PI on a NIH T32 grant focused on training the next generation of surgeon-scientists. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in NEJM, JAMA, Health Affairs, and the leading surgical journals.

Dr. Dimick has served in several national leadership positions, including President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC). He is currently Chair of the Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) Study Section at the NIH, an Associate Editor at Annals of Surgery, and the Surgical Innovation Editor at JAMA Surgery. He has served as an advisor on quality and health policy for several organizations, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP), US News and World Reports "Best Hospital" Rankings, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).