Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Karl Bilimoria, MD MS


Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Director, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC)
Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Surgery
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute for Comparative Effectiveness Research (NICER)
Faculty Scholar, American College of Surgeons

Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services and quality improvement researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery.  His clinical practice is focused on melanoma, sarcoma, and breast cancer. 

Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. Dr. Bilimoria’s research agenda focuses on improving healthcare quality and delivery by (1) developing better ways to provide hospitals with comparative data, (2)  providing hospitals with the tools use their data to undertake internal hospital quality improvement efforts, (3) providing patients with better comparative data through public reporting which can assist them in selecting the best hospital for their surgical care, and (4) performing evaluations of policies that impact the healthcare quality.  He has a particular interest in large, pragmatic cluster-randomized trials examining hospital quality initiatives and healthcare policies.  He is the Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the FIRST Trial, and he is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons.

He has published more than 170 scientific articles in journals such as JAMA, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Annals of Surgery, and many others.  Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the California Health Care Foundation, the Health Care Services Corporation, and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Dr. Bilimoria obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He obtained his Master’s degree in outcomes research from Northwestern.  Dr. Bilimoria was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then at the American College of Surgeons.  He completed his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern and then went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.