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Surgical Value Incubator

High-Value Solutions for Ever Better Surgical Care

The Surgical Value Incubator program launched in 2020 with the goal of identifying high-value solutions for ever better surgical care through optimizing quality and cost.

The Surgical Value Incubator is composed of a multidisciplinary group of experts to provide the best available practices in quality improvement, implementation science, and informatics.

The Department of Surgery has taken a national leadership role by establishing a novel entity specifically for improving value in surgical care.

Five Phases of Surgical Care

As defined by ACS

Five phases of surgical care: Preop, Periop, Intraop, Postop, Post D/C

heart and handscolored handsPatient- and Physician-Centered Improvements for our Diverse Community

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Multidisciplinary Team - Leadership: Surgeon Co-Directors, Project Manager, Research Resident; Collaboration: OR Leadership, Nursing, Anesthesia, Quality Institute, Operations Excellence, Finance Department, Materials Management; Faculty: Residents, Students, Community, Research

Quality Improvement

  • Standardized project processes
  • Regular collaborator meetings
  • Human and technological infrastructure to support continuous improvement



  • Automated outcomes dashboard
  • Empowering providers with access to outcomes


  • Data-based cost reduction increases care value

Implementation and Dissemination

  • Perpetuate high-value surgical care through adoption, implementation, and maintenance of evidence-based interventions
  • Continuously applying our best evidence to support a Learning Healthcare System
Larissa Temple

Larissa Temple, M.D.


Derek Wakeman

Derek Wakeman, M.D.


Marija Cvetanovska

Marija Cvetanovska, M.S.

Project Manager