Didactic Session

outcomes didactic sessions

SUS members are invited to participate in monthly online didactic sessions hosted by the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC), Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). These sessions provide members with important updates in outcomes research including tools, technology, and methodology. SOC/AAS/SUS Didactic Sessions take place every month at 11:00AM Pacific / 12:00PM Mountain / 1:00PMCentral / 2:00PM Eastern. When possible, presentations will be made available on the Surgical Outcomes Club website after the session. SUS members will automatically receive monthly emails with instructions on how to participate. 


The SUS Ad Hoc Health Services Research Committee sponsors these sessions in conjunction with the Surgical Outcomes Club and the Association for Academic Surgery. If you would like to present in an upcoming Webinar, please contact the SUS office at info@susweb.org. 

**When possible, presentations will be made available on the Surgical Outcomes Club website after the session. 


Upcoming Sessions


  • Thursday, November 17: featuring Amir Ghaferi, MD, MS;  Assistant Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Veteran's Administration, Director of Bariatric Surgery, AAVA, Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, University of Michigan 
  • Thursday, December 15: featuring Rachel Kelz, MD; University of Pennsylvania

2016 Past Sessions

  • September 15: Medicaid Expansion and Surgical Cancer Care featuring Waddah Al-Refaie, MD, FACS;John S. Dillon Chair and Chief of Surgical Oncology,and Surgeon in Chief at MedStar; Georgetown University

  • August 18:  Leading Change from the Pacific Northwest to the NationThe American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery Campaign featuring Thomas Varghese, MDMS, FACS; Head, Section of General Thoracic Surgery; University of Utah
  • July 21: Natural Language Processing and Quality Measurement: Opening the Black Box of Clinical Text- Brian T. Bucher, MD; Assistant Professor of Sugery, University of Utah School of Medicine

  • June 9: Surgical Disparities: From Outcomes Studies to National Policy-Adil Haider, MD, MPH; Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
  • May 19: Patient Reported Outcomes in Surgery-Jennifer F. Waljee, MD, MPH, MS, Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan 

  • April 21- Surgical Risk Preoperative Assessment System - development of a novel risk assessment system- Rob Meguid; MD; Assistant Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic, University of Colorado 

  • March 17-Patient Engagement in Surgical Outcomes Research-Danielle C. Lavallee, PharmD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, University of Washington
  • February 18: Identifying the impact of surgical services on population health: the relationship between national Cesarean delivery rates and maternal and neonatal mortality-Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and George Molina, MD, MPH; Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital/Ariadne Labs

  • January 21:Improving Surgical Quality through Video Analysis and Coaching- Oliver Varban, MD; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery, University of Michigan Health Systems.


2015 Past Sessions

  • December 17: Learning from your Collaborative: How & Why to do Hospital Site Visits-Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, PhD; Professor, Department of Surgery, Center for Healthcare Studies, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Northwestern University.
  • November 19: Accreditation and Data Collection for QA and QI - Lessons Learned from Bariatric Surgery-Matthew Hutter, MD, MPH; Director, Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Sugery; Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard University
  • October 22: Smartphone Image-based Wound Monitoring for a Novice Population: App Design and Evaluation Protocol-Sara Fernandes-Taylor, PhD; Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.  
    mPOWEr: Developing the mobile Post-operative Wound Evaluator- Heather L. Evans, MD, MS, FACS; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington.
  • September 24: Quality Improvement: Is There a Science to It?-Lillian Kao, MD, MS; Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, The University of Texas Medical School
  • July 23: Strategies to Improve Care Coordination and Transitions of Surgical Care-Benjamin S. Brooke, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Director, Utah Intervention Quality & Implementation Research, University of Utah School of Medicine

  • June 25: Is value-based care 'valuable' to the patient? The elusive association between quality measure compliance and patient-centered outcomes-Daniel A. Barocas, MD, MPH, FACS; Assistant Professor of Urologic Surgery; Co-Director of the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research Vanderbilt University 

  • May 14: There and back again: applying military surgical research to civilian practice-Andrew Schoenfeld, MD, MSc; Director of Spine Surgical Research, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Faculty, Center for Surgery and Public Health Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • April 23: Current Concepts in Surgical Frailty: Systematic Review and Interventions for Frailty-Mayur Patel, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor of Surgery; Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery; Vanderbilt University and Shipra Arya, MD, SM; Assistant Professor of Surgery; Assistant Professor of Epidemiology; Emory University

  • March 26: Fulfilling the Promise of Surgical Outcomes Research: Using Implementation and Improvement Science to Improve Surgical Care-Brian Mittman, PhD; Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, and Senior Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation.

  • February 12: Global Health Research for Surgeons-Chandrakanth Are, MD, MBA, FRCS, FACS; Vice Chair of Education, Associate Professor Surgical Oncology; Program Director General Surgery Residency; University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • January 8: Operations Research and the Operating Room: Designing Policy through Mathematical Optimization-Dorry Segev, MD, PhD; Associate Vice Chair for Research; Associate Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology; Department of Surgery; Johns Hopkins University