University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Lee received his undergraduate education at Harvard University and his medical education at the University of Chicago, and then completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics.
Upon completing his residency training, he joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh where he is presently the Jane and Carl Citron Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair for Graduate Education, and Program Director for Surgery.
His interests have focused on gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary surgery with particular emphasis on benign and malignant pancreatic diseases, colorectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as surgical education.
He has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles, book chapters, and video presentations on subjects including minimally invasive pancreatic surgery, the pathogenesis of pancreatic sepsis, and the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic neoplasms as well as surgical education and training.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of Surgery
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, USA
Dr. Ko is a double board-certified surgeon with a practice focusing on colorectal cancer. At UCLA, he is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery, has won the Faculty Teaching Award three times, and is recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America. He is professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health.
Dr. Clifford Ko is also the Director of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the American College of Surgeons. He oversees all the quality improvement programs, including the Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Program, the Cancer Accreditation program, the Trauma Verification program, the Surgeon Specific Registry, the Pediatric Surgery Verification Program, and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, where he also serves as the Director and was recently recognized with the Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum/Joint Commission.
Dr. Ko’s work focuses on surgical quality of care, including quality measurement, process improvement, and achieving high reliability in surgical care. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has written more than 20 book chapters. Dr. Ko is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally, and was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading the field of patient safety.
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