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Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
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
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Appendicitis
  • Carcinoid
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colovesicle Fistula
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Enterocutaneous Fistula
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Laparoscopy
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Recurrent Rectal Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • 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 certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She an is 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. 

  • AHRQ R01 Leveraging Advanced Informatics to Measure Surgical Performance
Most recent publications from a total of 164
  1. Bicket MC, Grant MC, Scott MJ, Terman GW, Wick EC, Wu CL. AAAPT Diagnostic Criteria for ACUTE ABDOMINAL AND PERITONEAL PAIN AFTER SURGERY. J Pain. 2020 Jan 29. View in PubMed
  2. Liu JY, Hu QL, Lamaina M, Hornor MA, Davis K, Reinke C, Peden C, Ko CY, Wick E, Maggard-Gibbons M. Surgical Technical Evidence Review for Acute Cholecystectomy Conducted for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Dec 26. View in PubMed
  3. Bongiovanni T, Hansen K, Lancaster E, O'Sullivan P, Hirose K, Wick E. Adopting best practices in post-operative analgesia prescribing in a safety-net hospital: Residents as a conduit to change. Am J Surg. 2019 Dec 21. View in PubMed
  4. Hu QL, Liu JY, Hobson DB, Cohen ME, Hall BL, Wick EC, Ko CY. Best Practices in Data Use for Achieving Successful Implementation of Enhanced Recovery Pathway. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Dec; 229(6):626-632.e1. View in PubMed
  5. Collins C, Wick EC. Response to Sarang et al. (doi: 10.1089/sur.2019.248): Response to Reflections on the Complexity of Surgical Site Infection Prevention and Detection from an Organizational Lens. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2019 Dec; 20(8):684. View in PubMed
  6. Caroff DA, Chan C, Kleinman K, Calderwood MS, Wolf R, Wick EC, Platt R, Huang S. Association of Open Approach vs Laparoscopic Approach With Risk of Surgical Site Infection After Colon Surgery. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Oct 02; 2(10):e1913570. View in PubMed
  7. Tourani R, Murphree DH, Melton-Meaux G, Wick E, Kor DJ, Simon GJ. The Value of Aggregated High-Resolution Intraoperative Data for Predicting Post-Surgical Infectious Complications at Two Independent Sites. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21; 264:398-402. View in PubMed
  8. Lancaster E, Inglis-Arkell C, Hirose K, Seib CD, Wick E, Sosa JA, Duh QY. Variability in Opioid-Prescribing Patterns in Endocrine Surgery and Discordance With Patient Use. JAMA Surg. 2019 Aug 14. View in PubMed
  9. Bongiovanni T, Menza R, Wick EC. Comment on "Consider Culture, Provider Characteristics Associated With Outpatient Opioid Prescribing After Surgery". Ann Surg. 2019 Dec; 270(6):e93. View in PubMed
  10. Wick EC. Drs Julio Garcia-Aguilar and Emina Huang: Colorectal Surgeons Advancing the Science of Colorectal Diseases. Dis Colon Rectum. 2019 08; 62(8):903-905. View in PubMed
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