Duke University Medical Center
Department of Surgery, Division of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Thacker is a colorectal surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. With an emphasis in advanced laparoscopic techniques for the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, she participates in the teaching of medical students and training of general surgery residents.
She is the Duke Hospital and Health System Medical Director for Evidence-Based Perioperative Care and leads the multidisciplinary Duke Enhanced Recovery Program. As the US liaison to the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery International Society, Dr. Thacker has been faculty and a program committee member of the Society’s World Congresses. She is a Co-Founder and President-Elect of the American Society of Enhanced Recovery.
Currently working at the Department of Surgery and Health System level to ensure best surgical practices, she creates and implements perioperative care practices to improve patient care and increase value across nine surgical subspecialties.
Dr. Thacker is recognized at the national and international level as a perioperative care implementation expert. Her work at Duke is a model for hospitals and health care systems of all sizes, as well as, a comparative model used in discussions with the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. She publishes practice guidelines, change management guidelines, and quality and value improvement reviews and recommendations.
Dr. Thacker's research interest is focused on improvement implementation, quality assessment and improvement across the surgical continuum, and patient engagement and focus in surgical care protocols.
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