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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.

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
  • ACS verification – learn about the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care


Maria Cho – Friend of Committee

Mehul V. Raval – Chair
Lurie Children’s of Chicago

Monica E. Lopez – Vice Chair
Texas Children’s Hospital

Hira Ahmad – Member
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Steven W. Bruch – Member
Univ of Michigan

Henry L. Chang – Member
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Catherine C. Chen – Member
Children’s Hosp Boston

Jason C. Fisher – Member
NYU Langone Medical Center

Colleen M. Fitzpatrick – Member

Mollie R. Freedman-Weiss – Member

Jeffrey W. Gander – Member
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital

Grant H. Geissler – Member
St Joseph’s Childrens Hospital

Raquel Gonzalez – Member
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Erica R. Gross – Member
Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

Martha-Conley Ingram – Member

Akemi L. Kawaguchi – Member
University of Texas HSC Houston

Afif N. Kulaylat – Member

Patricia “Patty” Lange – Member
Virginia Commonwealth Univ

Christopher S. Muratore – Member
Stony Brook Pediatric Surgery

Gary Nace – Member
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Michael Phillips – Member
The University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Rebecca M. Rentea – Member
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Daniel S. Rhee – Member
Johns Hopkins

Dorothy V. Rocourt – Member
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Stephen B. Shew – Member
Stanford University School of Medicine

Kyle J. Van Arendonk – Member
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Derek S. Wakeman – Member
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Ryan Walk – Member
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Robert J. Baird – Ex Officio
BCCH – Surgery

Loren Berman – Ex Officio
Nemours – A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

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

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