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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Surgery

Surgical Outcomes & Quality Improvement Center

The Surgical Outcomes & Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) is a collaborative health services, outcomes, patient safety and quality improvement research enterprise between our department, the Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research, the Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), the Northwestern Institute for Comparative Effectiveness Research (NICER) in Oncology and others. Our research focuses on examining the quality of care delivered across the U.S. and subsequently developing improvement strategies. Our research spans all surgical specialties, with a particular focus on general surgery and surgical oncology. We work with NMH on numerous practical quality improvement initiatives, including American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program operations.


Explore the major initiatives that stem from our center's efforts.

Educational Opportunities

We offer research opportunities for current surgery residents and medical students.

Our Team

Get to know the faculty and staff behind our center.

Contact Us

Administrative Director

Caryn D. Etkin, PhD, MPH
633 North Saint Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.503.5574 office

Program Administrator

Remi Love, MPPA
633 North Saint Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.503.3947 office

Recent Publications

Survival after Minimally Invasive Radical Hysterectomy for Early-Stage Cervical Cancer.

Melamed A, et al. Among authors: Yang J, Barber EL.

N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 15;379(20):1905-1914. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1804923. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Education Outcomes in a Duty-Hour Flexibility Trial in Internal Medicine.

Desai SV, et al. Among authors: Bilimoria KY.

N Engl J Med. 2018 Apr 19;378(16):1494-1508. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1800965. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

Examining Disparities in Route of Surgery and Postoperative Complications in Black Race and Hysterectomy.

Alexander AL, Strohl AE, Rieder S, Holl J, Barber EL.

Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jan;133(1):6-12. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002990.

Discrimination, Abuse, Harassment, and Burnout in Surgical Residency Training.

Hu YY, Ellis RJ, Hewitt DB, Yang AD, Cheung EO, Moskowitz JT, Potts JR 3rd, Buyske J, Hoyt DB, Nasca TJ, Bilimoria KY.

N Engl J Med. 2019 Oct 31;381(18):1741-1752. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsa1903759. Epub 2019 Oct 28.

Postpartum hemorrhage revisited: new challenges and solutions.

Higgins N, Patel SK, Toledo P.

Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2019 Jun;32(3):278-284. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000717.

Preoperative risk evaluation for pancreatic fistula after pancreaticoduodenectomy.

Ellis RJ, Brock Hewitt D, Liu JB, Cohen ME, Merkow RP, Bentrem DJ, Bilimoria KY, Yang AD.

J Surg Oncol. 2019 Jun;119(8):1128-1134. doi: 10.1002/jso.25464. Epub 2019 Apr 5.

The effect of gender on operative autonomy in general surgery residents.

Meyerson SL, et al. Among authors: Odell DD.

Surgery. 2019 Nov;166(5):738-743. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2019.06.006. Epub 2019 Jul 17.

Process improvement strategies: Designing and implementing quality improvement research.

Berman L, Raval MV, Goldin A.

Semin Pediatr Surg. 2018 Dec;27(6):379-385. doi: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2018.10.006. Epub 2018 Oct 25.

The effect of smoking on 30-day outcomes in elective hernia repair.

DeLancey JO, Blay E Jr, Hewitt DB, Engelhardt K, Bilimoria KY, Holl JL, Odell DD, Yang AD, Stulberg JJ.

Am J Surg. 2018 Sep;216(3):471-474. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.03.004. Epub 2018 Mar 6.

Minimizing Opioid Prescribing in Surgery (MOPiS) Initiative: An Analysis of Implementation Barriers.

Coughlin JM, Shallcross ML, Schäfer WLA, Buckley BA, Stulberg JJ, Holl JL, Bilimoria KY, Johnson JK.

J Surg Res. 2019 Jul;239:309-319. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2019.03.006. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

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