Surgery Grand Rounds, Lillian Kao, MD, MS, “Quality Improvement in Surgery: How Do We Move the Needle?”

This talk will address how developing a learning healthcare system (LHS) can move the needle on quality improvement in surgery. A LHS relies on a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Furthermore, research influences clinical practice and clinical practice influences research.

When Apr 24, 2019
from 07:15 AM to 08:15 AM
Where 4008 Old Clinic Auditorium
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Contact Phone 919-966-3005
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Lillian S. Kao, MD, MS

LillianKaoLillian S. Kao, MD, MS, is Professor and Division Chief of Acute Care Surgery at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She holds the Jack H. Mayfield, MD, Chair in Surgery and is the Vice-Chair for Research and Faculty Development as well as a Vice-Chair for Quality of Care for the Department of Surgery. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Surgical Trials and Evidence-based Practice (C-STEP) at McGovern Medical School. She is faculty for the UTHealth Masters Program in Clinical Research and has mentored over 15 Masters recipients. Dr. Kao is highly engaged in research and quality improvement in surgery locally and statewide; she is the Director of the Texas Alliance for Surgical Quality (TASQ) which is a statewide quality collaborative comprised of approximately 30 hospitals. She is a past president of the Association for Academic Surgery which boasts over 4,000 members. She is on several surgical journal editorial boards and is the social media editor for the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Her research interests include surgical infections, quality improvement, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based measures in surgery.

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