Join ACS and HBS leaders July 19 for unveiling of new THRIVE initiative

Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are well aware of the challenges that stand in the way of expanding access to care and providing innovative treatments to surgical patients—quality, cost, and interoperability. The ACS and the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School (HBS) have collaborated to develop a path forward and will host an exclusive event July 19 in Washington, DC, to introduce THRIVE: Transforming Health care Results by Investing in Value and Excellence. The session will take place 9:30−11:00 am eastern time at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center prior to the ACS Quality and Safety Conference.

Speakers at the event will describe the ACS and HBS THRIVE approach and specific plans for introducing a workable plan to shape the nation’s health care system into the model all health care professionals want and their patients deserve—one that emphasizes value over volume. Leaders of the session are as follows:

  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director
  • Robert S. Kaplan, senior fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus, HBS
  • Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
  • Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Quality and Health Policy
  • Mary L. Witkowski, MD, MBA, Fellow, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, HBS

Registration and networking opportunities begin at 8:30 am. To reserve your seat for this important preconference program, e-mail

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