Clifford Y. Ko | 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety 2016

Ko, Clifford


Clifford Y. Ko, MD. Director of American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. 

In his role at the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Ko oversees all the quality improvement programs, including the bariatric surgery accreditation program, the cancer accreditation program and the trauma verification program among others. Under his leadership, the ACS NSQIP was honored with the 2014 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for innovation in patient safety and quality at the national level from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Dr. Ko is a double board-certified surgeon, specializing in colon and rectal surgery. He is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery at UCLA and has won the Faculty Teaching Award three times.

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