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Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Vice Chair of Quality and Safety 
Co-chair, Department of Surgery Research Committee

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415-885-3606 Patients & Clinic

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B.A. Johns Hopkins University 1995

M.D. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2000

  • Internship, Surgery, University of California, San Francisco 2000-2001
  • Residency, Surgery, University of California, San Francisco 2001-2003
  • Residency, Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 2005-2007
  • Fellowship, Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 2007-2008
  • Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco 2003-2005
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Clinical pathways
  • Comprehensive unit based safety program (CUSP)
  • Enhanced recovery
  • Perioperative improvement
  • Safety culture
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Surgical site infections
  • Teamwork

Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D. is a professor of surgery, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety in the Department of Surgery, and Co-chair of the Department's Research Committee. Dr. Wick is an experienced laparoscopic surgeon and treats the entire spectrum of colorectal conditions including diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, and perianal disease with a patient-­‐centered approach.

Dr. Wick has also contributed to our understanding of almost every aspect of perioperative care from teamwork and communication to organizational culture to quality improvement and measurement. She has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2010. She has published over 150 articles around quality and safety and the microbiome and is frequently asked to speak and share her expertise with other hospitals, state hospital associations and professional societies across the United States and abroad.

She is leading a national collaborative, in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American College of Surgeons, around accelerating dissemination of surgical pathways across 4 surgical areas (colorectal, gynecology, orthopedics and emergency general surgery) over five years. To date, over 300 hospitals have joined the program and engagement and improvement has been remarkable. Recognizing that measurement is essential to evaluating implementation, Dr. Wick is interested in harnessing the electronic health record to better measure performance and is working on automating surgical site infection measurement using advanced informatics (R01).  

Dr. Wick is a recognized national leader in research to reduce surgical site infections and formulating strategies for improving perioperative care. She has published more than 75 articles in this area and is frequently invited to speak and share her expertise with other hospitals. Most recently, she led an AHRQ-funded national collaborative to improve surgical safety and reduce surgical site infections in 250 hospitals across the US and abroad. 

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  • Leveraging Advanced Informatics to Automate Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and Other Surgical Performance Measures
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    Sep 2016
    Sep 2020
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  • Role of Stat3 in ETBF Mediated Colitis and Tumor Initiation
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    Feb 2014
    Jan 2016
    Principal Investigator
  • Role of Stat3 in Colonic Inflammation
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    Jul 2010
    Jun 2015
    Principal Investigator
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  1. Fischer CP, Knapp L, Cohen ME, Ko CY, Wick EC. Association of Enhanced Recovery Pathway Compliance With Patient Outcomes. JAMA Surg. 2021 Jul 21. View in PubMed
  2. Abel MK, Collins C, Lancaster EM, Poncelet A, Lin MYC, Bongiovanni T, Wick EC. Instilling resiliency in surgical education: The benefits of longitudinal medical student learning. J Surg Res. 2021 Jul 10; 267:512-515. View in PubMed
  3. Mavroudis CL, Landau S, Brooks E, Bergmark R, Berlin NL, Cooper Z, Hwang EK, Lancaster E, Waljee J, Wick E, Yeo H, Wirtalla C, Kelz RR. Response to COMMENT on: "The Relationship between Surgeon Gender and Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic". Ann Surg. 2021 Jul 02. View in PubMed
  4. Bongiovanni T, Hernandez S, Ledesma Y, Menza R, Wick E, Steinman M, Mackersie R, Stein DM, Coffin PO. Surviving traumatic injury, only to die of acute drug poisoning: Should trauma centers be a path for intervention? Surgery. 2021 Apr 15. View in PubMed
  5. Zhu Y, Simon GJ, Wick EC, Abe-Jones Y, Najafi N, Sheka A, Tourani R, Skube SJ, Hu Z, Melton GB. Applying Machine Learning Across Sites: External Validation of a Surgical Site Infection Detection Algorithm. J Am Coll Surg. 2021 Jun; 232(6):963-971.e1. View in PubMed
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