CLIFFORD KO
Estados Unidos


Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Clifford Ko is the Director of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the American College of Surgeons, where he oversees the College’s quality improvement programs. Dr. Ko’s work primarily focuses on surgical quality of care, including quality measurement, process improvement, value-based care, and achieving high reliability in surgical care. Clinically, Dr. Ko is a double board-certified surgeon with a practice currently focusing on patients with colorectal cancer. At UCLA, he is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery. He is also Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health.


Dr. Clifford Ko is the Director of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the American College of Surgeons (ACS), where oversees all the quality improvement programs, including the recently launched ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program. He also serves as the Director of ACS NSQIP, which was recognized with the Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum/Joint Commission.

Dr. Ko’s work focuses on surgical quality of care, including quality measurement, process improvement, value-based care, and achieving high reliability in surgical care. He has served in advisory roles to national and international efforts for achieving higher quality and safety including the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, PCORI, amongst others. He has received millions of dollars in grant funding to study quality of care from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Veterans Administration. He has published over 400 peer reviewed manuscripts and has written more than 20 book chapters.

Clinically, Dr. Ko is a double board-certified surgeon with a practice currently focusing on patients with colorectal cancer. At UCLA, he is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery. He is also professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr. Ko received his B.A (Biology), M.S. (Biological/Medical Ethics), and M.D. from the University of Chicago. He also received a Masters of Science Degree (Health Services/Outcomes Research) from the University of California, Los Angeles during his time as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow at UCLA and RAND. Dr. Ko completed his General Surgery Residency at UCLA Medical Center, and obtained specialty training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston in Colon and Rectal Surgery.