Nominated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Surgery Standing Committee. The committee identifies and endorses performance measures for accountability and quality improvement that address a number of surgical specialty areas, including cardiac, thoracic, vascular, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, urologic, and general surgery. View additional information about the committee.
Dr. Ko, Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, oversees all of the College’s quality improvement programs, including those activities conducted through the Committee on Trauma and the Commission on Cancer, as well as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the Surgeon Specific Registry, and the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Dr. Ko also has served on many NQF committees, including the Colorectal Cancer Technical Working Group, National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Hospital Care, Surgery and Anesthesia Technical Expert Panel, and the Health Care Outcomes Steering Committee. He was the principal investigator on a study assessing the NQF indicators for cancer, as well.
The NQF is a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit organization that builds consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement, working in partnerships to achieve them; endorses national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and pursues national goals through education and outreach programs.