APSA Committees

APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

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Surgical Quality & Safety

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Vision: a declaration of mid- or long-term goals. The vision of the APSA Quality and Safety Committee is to improve the quality and safety of all of children's surgery. The committee will serve the APSA membership as the leaders, innovators, and resource for patient safety and the highest quality of care through education, training, and mentorship. Mission: statement of purpose. The overall mission of the Quality and Safety Committee is to develop, support and promote initiatives and programs that serve to improve the quality and safety of pediatric surgical care. The purpose of the committee is to: - Educate the APSA membership on the fundamental principles of patient safety & quality improvement. - Promote participation in programs that monitor quality & safety in surgical practice, particularly those that provide a benchmarking framework for comparative performance analyses and collaborative knowledge-sharing. - Support efforts that promote high-value surgical care, with an emphasis on improving outcomes while at the same time reducing resource utilization. - Define safety standards and other quality benchmarks for pediatric surgical conditions.

The APSA Quality and Safety Committee aims to develop, support and promote initiatives that lead to improvements in the quality of pediatric surgical care. The committee encourages participation in programs that measure and monitor quality and safety in surgical practice. The committee works to define safety standards and other quality benchmarks for pediatric surgical conditions, and to provide educational opportunities for APSA membership on the principles of quality improvement. 

To support its mission, the APSA Surgical Quality and Safety Committee has created the following resources exclusively for APSA members:
  • Quality & Safety Toolkit – everything you need to implement a QI project, including contact lists of surgeon implementers, protocols, patient and provider education, and published outcomes.
  • Resources for quality and safety education – links to resources, seminars, checklists, safe handoffs and other team-based safety interventions
  • Quality and safety benchmarking registries – learn about the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® Pediatric (ACS NSQIP Peds), Pediatric Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) and Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) registries
  • ACS verification – learn about the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care


Jessica J. Kandel - Liaison
University of Chicago
Loren Berman - Chair
Nemours - A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Mehul V. Raval - Vice Chair
Lurie Children's Hospital
Adam C. Alder - Member
Children's Medical Center Dallas
Steven W. Bruch - Member
Univ of Michigan
Henry L. Chang - Member
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Robert Cina - Member
MUSC Children's Hospital
Melissa Danko - Member
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hosp at Vanderbilt
John M. Draus - Member
Kentucky Children's Hospital
Annie H. Fecteau - Member
Univ of Toronto
Colleen M. Fitzpatrick - Member
Cardinal Glennon Children
Grant H. Geissler - Member
St Joseph's Childrens Hospital
Richard D. Glick - Member
Cohen Children's Med Ctr
Raquel Gonzalez - Member
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Akemi L. Kawaguchi - Member
University of Texas HSC Houston
Matthew P. Landman - Member
Riley Hospital for Children
Patricia Lange - Member
Virginia Commonwealth Univ
Monica E. Lopez - Member
Texas Children's Hospital
Peter Mattei - Member
Children's Hosp Philadelphia
Erik G. Pearson - Member
Juan C. Pelayo - Member
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Elizabeth J. Renaud - Member
Albany Medical Center
Jose Ruben Rodriguez - Member
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hosp
Jessica L. Roybal - Member
Ochsner Hospital for Children
Jacqueline M. Saito - Member
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Stephen B. Shew - Member
Stanford University School of Medicine
Derek S. Wakeman - Member
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Ryan Walk - Member
Brooke Army Medical Center
Kristen A. Zeller - Member
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Marybeth Browne - Ex Officio
Children's Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Adam B. Goldin - Ex Officio
Seattle Childrens Hospital
Kurt F. Heiss - Ex Officio
Emory Children's Ctr/Atlanta Ped Surg PC
Shawn J. Rangel - Ex Officio
Children's Hospital Boston
David E. Skarda - Ex Officio
Primary Children's Medical Center
Shawn D. St. Peter - Ex Officio
Children's Mercy Hosp
KuoJen Tsao - Ex Officio
The University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Charles D. Vinocur - Ex Officio
AI DuPont Hospital for Children