Accreditation, Quality, and Centers of Excellence

  • Wayne J. EnglishEmail author
  • Teresa R. Fraker
  • Amy Robinson-Gerace


Obesity is a chronic and debilitating disease that has become a global epidemic. Multiple treatment options are available, but metabolic and bariatric surgery offers the most effective and durable treatment for obesity. Accreditation standards were developed to ensure that patients received the highest quality care with safe outcomes. This chapter reviews general history of quality improvement, and discusses its evolution to the current accreditation standards and quality improvement programs being utilized by metabolic and bariatric surgeons today. A highly successful metabolic and bariatric surgery program requires embracing a change in safety culture, effective leadership, a rich data registry, but mostly, a commitment to provide standardized high quality care for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.


Quality improvement Accreditation History of bariatric surgery Center of excellence Process improvement MBSAQIP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne J. English
    • 1
    Email author
  • Teresa R. Fraker
    • 2
  • Amy Robinson-Gerace
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Surgical SciencesVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)American College of SurgeonsChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Research and Optimal Patient CareAmerican College of SurgeonsChicagoUSA

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