2014 ACS NSQIP National Conference
July 26-29, 2014 • New York, NY
New York Hilton Midtown
Keynote SpeakerS 2014

Linda K. Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC)
Linda K. Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN has been the CEO/Executive Director of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) since March 2007.  AORN is a membership organization representing more than 43,000 Registered Nurses in the US and internationally who facilitate the management, teaching and practice of perioperative nursing. 

A veteran perioperative nursing executive, Linda has devoted her career to perioperative nursing practice, education, and executive management. Her previous professional positions include international healthcare consultation, Chief Operating Officer/Nurse Executive of Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco, and Assistant Director of Hospitals and Clinics OR-PACU and Surgery Center at the University of California San Francisco. 

Throughout her career, Linda has focused on improving patient safety. At Kaiser Permanente-San Francisco, she introduced and piloted several patient safety initiatives including walking rounds for administration and the implementation of the “Just Culture” concept, an environment where actions are analyzed to ensure that individual accountability is established and appropriate actions are taken.

Awarded AORN’s Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing in 1989, Linda was inducted in 2000 as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2005, she received Nursing Spectrum magazine’s California and US Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership. In 2006, she was named one of San Francisco’s 100 most influential women in business.  In 2011 Linda was named by Becker’s as one of the top 10 Leaders in the Area of Clinical Quality and in 2013 was identified by Becker’s as one of 50 experts leading the field of patient safety.

Linda currently serves as the Chair of Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC).  She also is a member of the editorial board of Nursing Spectrum.

Andrew L. Warshaw, M. D., F.A.C.S.

President-elect, American College of Surgeons

W. Gerald Austen Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Surgeon-in-Chief and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Senior Consultant
International and Regional Clinical Relations, Massachusetts General Hospital and
Partners Healthcare

Dr. Andrew Warshaw, a graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Medical School, trained in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also spent two years as a Clinical Associate in the Section on Gastroenterology of the National Institutes of Health and was a research fellow in medicine (gastroenterology) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1972, he has been on the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. In 1987, he became Professor of Surgery at Harvard and in 1997, the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, positions he held until 2011.

Dr. Warshaw has been President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the International Association of Pancreatology, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the New England Surgical Society, the Halsted Society, the Boston Surgical Society, the Society of Surgical Chairs, and the American Pancreatic Association. He was a Director of the American Board of Surgery and its Chairman in 1993. He has served as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and chair of its Socioeconomic Issues Committee. In 1999, he conceived and began the volunteerism program of the ACS which became Operation Giving Back. He has been First Vice-President of the College, a member of its Health Policy Steering Committee, and founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association/Political Action Committee. In 2007 he was elected Treasurer of the American College of Surgeons, and was appointed Chair of its Health Policy and Advocacy Group.

Dr. Warshaw has made important contributions to the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory and malignant lesions of the pancreas. His bibliography lists more than 420 original reports as well as 240 book chapters, reviews, and monographs and 13 books. He is Editor-in-chief of the journal SURGERY. He has received the Master Educator Award of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Pancreatic Association, the Rudolf Nissen Medallion from the German Society of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the Founders Medal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the James Ewing Medal of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women from Harvard Medical School and the Nobility in Science Award of the National Pancreas Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the German and Italian Societies of Surgery and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. In 2012, he was awarded the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School.

In January 2012, the Harvard Medical School inaugurated the Warshaw Family Professorship in Surgery, honoring Dr. Warshaw’s career and accomplishments as a surgical leader.

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