Dr. Meshkati and Dr. Pellegrini, with a plaque
commemorating the Codman memorial
V101 No 11 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
A LOOK AT THE JOINT COMMISSION
The Ernest Amory Codman Award was presented earlier this year to Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati, PhD, whose work focuses on leadership areas applied to
health care that supports The Joint Commission’s mission
of continuously improving the safety and quality of care.
In conjunction with receiving the award, Dr. Meshkati
delivered a lecture at the Physician Leader Forum
hosted by The Joint Commission in Oak Brook, IL.* The
presentation, titled Lessons from the Nuclear Industry,
touched on the culture of safety and its importance.
The Codman legacy
The Ernest Amory Codman Award, established in 1996,
recognizes achievement in performance measurement
and honors the legacy of Dr. Codman, a Fellow of the
American College of Surgeons (ACS), who originated what
is today known as outcomes reporting and transparency.
It was Dr. Codman’s lifelong mission to establish an end
results system to track the outcomes of every patient
treated for a given condition in order to identify clinical
mistakes and develop solutions to improve patient
safety and the quality of patient care. He believed that
all of these data should be made public, so that patients
would have the information they need to objectively
guide their selection of physicians and hospitals.
Dr. Codman was a surgeon at Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, and one of the founders of
the ACS and its Hospital Standardization Program,
which eventually became The Joint Commission.
In his Presidential Address at Clinical Congress
2014 in San Francisco, CA, Andrew L. Warshaw,
MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), delivered an address
that touched on the life of Dr. Codman and the
relevance of his legacy to surgeons today.
Dr. Warshaw recounted that Dr. Codman, as a medical
student in 1895, and a classmate, Harvey Cushing, MD,
Ernest Amory Codman Award honoree
furthers quality improvement mission
by Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon)
*Meshkati N. Lessons from the Nuclear Industry. Physician Leader
Forum, The Joint Commission. Oak Brook, IL; April 13, 2016.