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Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern. He has a secondary appointment in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Yang is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended medical school at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at Northwestern and then went on to complete research and clinlcat fellowships in surgical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical interests are in pancreatic, hepatobiliary, and endocrine surgery. Dr. Yang's research interests are in the area of health services and clinical outcomes research, specifically in practical implementation of best practices and improving healthcare quality measurement. He is currently involved in many healthcare quality improvement projects and research endeavors, the most prominent of which is the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC). Dr. Yang is the current director of the statewide quality improvement projects for the 55 hospitals in ISQIC, and is the surgeon lead of the ISQIC site visit team. He is also the co-director of the resident quality improvement curriculum in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University, which teaches surgical residents process improvement principles through a formal curriculum and a year-long mentored quality improvement project. Dr. Yang has personally led multiple quality improvement projects at the hospital level, most notably a successful project to decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections in surgical patients using novel interventions. He is also a co-Investlgator on the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial, a national randomized trial with the goal of determining whether more flexible work hour requirements for surgical residents is associated with any difference in postoperative outcomes compared to current resident work hours requirements. He has published over 30 peer reviewed articles and will also complete his Master's Degree in Healthcare Quality and Safety in July of 2016.
Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services, quality improvement, and health policy researcher at Northwestern Medicine. He is the Vice President for Quality for the Northwestern Medicine system. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 55 faculty, fellows, and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement and policy research, as well as implementing practical improvement initiatives. He is the Director of the 56-hospital Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the national 151-hospital FIRST Trial and the 215-hospital SECOND Trial. He is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, including numerous publications in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Care Services Corporation, and numerous others, totaling over $35,000,000. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S. He has held several national leadership positions, including as the president of several national societies and serving on the board of multiple surgical, oncology, and research societies/organizations.