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Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, Director, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Karl Y. Bilimoria

Dr. Bilimoria is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery; Co-Director, Northwestern Institute for Comparative Effectiveness Research; and Faculty Scholar, American College of Surgeons. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality and is the Chair of the Surgical Oversight and Quality Committee. He leads several quality and process improvement initiatives for the hospital and the health care system.

Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist focusing on melanoma and sarcoma, and he is a health services and quality improvement researcher at Northwestern University. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the United States.

The Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University is a center of 35 faculty and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. Dr. Bilimoria has a particular interest in large, pragmatic cluster-randomized trials examining hospital quality initiatives and health care policies. He is the Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative and Principal Investigator of the FIRST Trial, and he is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bilimoria has published more than 250 scientific articles. He is currently the President of the Surgical Outcomes Club and Secretary of the Association for Academic Surgery.

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.