Welcome to the UK Department of Surgery's 
Quality and Process Improvement Initiative


Our mission/primary focus is always on the well-being and satisfaction of our patients. We emphasize the importance of open communication, empathy, and a patient-centered approach in all aspects of patient care. Patient safety is a top priority. We participate in initiatives aimed at preventing medical errors, reducing hospital-acquired infections, and enhancing patient safety throughout the surgical process.

We believe in a culture of continuous learning and improvement. We promote the integration of evidence-based practices in surgical decision-making. Effective teamwork and communication are essential for safe and efficient healthcare delivery. We uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of patient care.


To produce outstanding surgeons who are not only technically proficient but also deeply committed to patient safety, quality, and continuous improvement. Together, we strive to advance the field of surgery and provide the best possible care to our patients. 

Danielle Walsh, MD
Danielle Walsh, MD, FAAP, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair for Quality and Process Improvement

Quality Education

The field of Quality Improvement (QI) is a tool that many modern industries have developed to analyze and improve the fundamental processes that they follow to improve outcomes, whether that be a product or service. Over the past few decades, health care organizations have adapted these techniques for use in medicine. It is particularly useful in Surgery. Applying these tools can lead to improved patient outcomes and reduce waste and inefficiencies in everything we do.

The UK Department of Surgery Quality Initiative recommends two certification programs that provide an introduction to QI. 

These programs are open to faculty, residents, and staff.

Quality Education

Quality Initiatives

Quality Initiatives

Quality Team

Our Team

Contact the Vice Chair:

Danielle Walsh, MD, FAAP, FACS

Professor and Vice Chair