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Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.

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

Contact Information

415-885-3606 Patients & Clinic
Elizabeth.Wick@ucsf.edu

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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 2020
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  • Role of Stat3 in ETBF Mediated Colitis and Tumor Initiation
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    Feb 2014
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    Jan 2016
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  • Role of Stat3 in Colonic Inflammation
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    Jul 2010
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    Jun 2015
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 184
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  1. Guidelines for Perioperative Care for Emergency Laparotomy Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society Recommendations: Part 1-Preoperative: Diagnosis, Rapid Assessment and Optimization. World J Surg. 2021 Mar 06. View in PubMed
  2. Johnson CL, Schwartz H, Greenberg A, Hernandez S, Nnamani Silva ON, Wong LE, Martins DB, Broering JM, Kumar SB, Bongiovanni T, Wick EC, Roman SA. Patient Perceptions on Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing Low-acuity Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic. J Surg Res. 2021 Feb 06; 264:30-36. View in PubMed
  3. Bongiovanni T, Lancaster E, Ledesma Y, Whitaker E, Steinman MA, Allen IE, Auerbach A, Wick E. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Association Between Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Operative Bleeding in the Perioperative Period. J Am Coll Surg. 2021 Jan 27. View in PubMed
  4. Mavroudis CL, Landau S, Brooks E, Bergmark R, Berlin NL, Blumenthal B, Cooper Z, Hwang EK, Lancaster E, Waljee J, Wick E, Yeo H, Wirtalla C, Kelz RR. The Relationship Between Surgeon Gender and Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Ann Surg. 2021 Jan 22. View in PubMed
  5. Nnamani Silva ON, Hernandez S, Kim AS, Campbell AR, Kim EH, Alseidi A, Wick EC, Sosa JA, Gosnell J, Lin MYC, Roman SA. Where Do We Go From Here? Assessing Medical Students' Surgery Clerkship Preparedness During COVID-19. J Surg Educ. 2021 Jan 16. View in PubMed
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