Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag
Royal College of Surgeons
Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, vice-chancellor
for human health sciences; dean, University of
California (UC) Davis School of Medicine; and
Past-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board
of Regents, was inducted into the Royal College of
Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) on April 22.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Freischlag has led education and training programs at medical schools
in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Dr. Freischlag also has
more than 25 years of experience leading patient care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery.
Dr. Freischlag currently oversees UC Davis Health System’s academic, research, and clinical
programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the
1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 619-bed acute care hospital.
Before joining UC Davis, she served as professor and chair, surgery department, and surgeon-in-chief
at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. At Johns Hopkins, she led initiatives to expand
research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the
surgical training program, and enhance academic career paths for faculty.
Established in 1505, the RCSEd is among the world’s oldest surgical organizations, and admittance into
its fellowship is based on professional prominence. With a worldwide membership, the RCSEd pursues
excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice via education, training, and examinations. ♦
Becker’s Hospital Review names Dr. Ko
as one of 50 patient safety experts
For the second consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review has identified
Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, as one of 50 experts leading the field of
patient safety in the U.S. Dr. Ko is Director, American College of Surgeons
National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), and
Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. He also
is a colon and rectal surgeon and professor, University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA) Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Robert and
Kelly Day Chair in Surgical Outcomes, UCLA; and a research affiliate, RAND Corporation.
View the full list of recipients on the Becker’s Hospital Review website at
Dr. Ko’s profile appears on the website at
Dr. Freishlag (center) at the RCSEd induction, with
Michael Lavelle Jones, MB, BCh, MD, FRCSEng, FRCSEd
(left); and John L. Duncan, MB, BCh, FACS.