Vision and Mission Statement

Vision: To promote right care for patients by ensuring access to safe and effective surgical treatments provided by people committed to patient-focused care and to make surgeons and other surgical care providers, integral partners in the effort to raise awareness and solve the problems of healthcare overuse and underuse.

Mission: It is our mission to unite all surgeons, surgical care providers patients and families who are discontented with the status quo; people who care beyond whether surgery can be done and consider should we do it, recognizing decisions to operate must first identify and respect the goals and values of the individual patient. Our group aims to empower people to change the way care is provided and recapture the joy and satisfaction gained from doing the right thing.

Tactics:  We will promote right care for all patients by:

  • Promoting metrics of surgical success that evaluate long-term outcomes that matter to patients.
  • Securing care for patients whose surgical needs are neglected due to socio-economic disparities, poor care continuity, or a focus on expediency.
  • Supporting collaborative multidisciplinary efforts to ensure surgical treatments are well integrated into the care needs of the whole patient, not just the isolated surgical problem.
  • Highlighting situations in surgery, such as specific patient populations or illnesses and operations, in which unnecessary care is commonly provided.
  • Encouraging manifest discussions between patients and surgeons about treatment options, including non-surgical options such as active surveillance and palliative care.
  • Educating surgeons to engage patients and families in discussion about options, elicit patient preferences, and recommend values-concordant treatment.
  • Supporting treatment decisions rooted in individual patient goals and values.
  • Preserving the dignity of patients at the end of life, recognizing that the burdens of surgery can impact the overall health trajectory and quality of life of the surgical patient.
  • Attending to the wellbeing of patients whose desires and goals may have changed in the postoperative period.
  • Providing a venue for advocacy for surgeons who are concerned about overtreatment, over-testing, and over diagnosis of surgical patients.
  • Providing a venue for advocacy for surgeons who identify institutional, cultural, and economic incentives that inhibit delivery of patient-focused care.

Organizing Committee

Angela M. Bader, MD,MPH

Director, Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Earnest E. Moore, MD, FACS

Vice Chair of Research; Editor
Department of Surgery, University of Colorado-Denver; Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Why did you join this council?

Health care in the US has become a business and no longer a profession. We all need to take ownership in this crisis and commit to reverse this culture.

Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPh, FACS

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, University Health System
University of Texas Medical Branch

Why did you join this council? 

I have joined the Council because collectively we have an opportunity to transform healthcare delivery in the United States from focusing on a dialogue on illness to wellness.

Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Meeting Notes

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