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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

Contact Information

415-885-3606 Patients & Clinic
[email protected]

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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. 

Health Services & Implementation Science Co-Lead: Dr. Wick is a colorectal surgeon serving as both the surgery informatics lead and medical director of perioperative quality and safety for UCSF Health. Her work spans hospital operational, quality improvement, implementation science and research spheres. Dr. Wick leads the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery and contributed to the AHRQ ACTION Safety Program for Surgery, overseeing four surgical residents.

A range of opportunities are available to trainees in the realm of quality improvement and implementation science, focusing on geriatrics, pediatrics, anesthesiology and more.

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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
    Principal Investigator
  • 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. Manisundaram N, DiBrito SR, Hu CY, Kim Y, Wick E, Palis B, Peacock O, Chang GJ. Reporting of Circumferential Resection Margin in Rectal Cancer Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2023 Sep 20. View in PubMed
  2. Bongiovanni T, Lancaster E, Behrends M, Zhang L, Wick E, Auerbach A, Pletcher MJ. Optimizing Uptake of Multimodal Pain Management After Surgery Using the Electronic Health Record. JAMA Surg. 2023 Aug 23. View in PubMed
  3. Yap A, Wang K, Cornejo J, Chen E, Pierce L, Wick E, Gandhi S. Transition to Reusable Surgical Gowns at a Hospital System. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2330246. View in PubMed
  4. Joo H, Fernández A, Wick EC, Moreno Lepe G, Manuel SP. Association of Language Barriers With Perioperative and Surgical Outcomes: A Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 07 03; 6(7):e2322743. View in PubMed
  5. Bongiovanni T, Pletcher MJ, Lau C, Robinson A, Lancaster E, Zhang L, Behrends M, Wick E, Auerbach A. A behavioral intervention to promote use of multimodal pain medication for hospitalized patients: A randomized controlled trial. J Hosp Med. 2023 08; 18(8):685-692. View in PubMed
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