Karl Y Bilimoria

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Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services researcher focused on quality improvement, implementation science, and health policy. He is a Vice President for Quality for the Northwestern Medicine health system. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 35 faculty and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. He is the Director of the 56-hospital Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the 151-hospital FIRST Trial. He is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bilimoria is the President of the Association for Academic Surgery. Dr. Bilimoria’s research agenda focuses on improving healthcare quality and delivery by (1) developing better ways to provide hospitals with comparative data, (2) providing hospitals with the tools to use their data to undertake internal hospital quality improvement efforts, (3) providing patients with better comparative data through public reporting which can assist them in selecting the best hospitals and physicians for their care, and (4) performing evaluations of policies that impact healthcare quality. Across Northwestern’s seven hospitals, he has integrated research and innovation into the quality improvement enterprise in order to move toward a true learning healthcare system. He has published more than 300 scientific articles, including numerous publications in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Care Services Corporation, and numerous others, totaling over $30,000,000. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S.

Certifications and Licenses

General Surgery

Training Experience

1999Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2008Postdoctoral Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
2010Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center
2011Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MS, Northwestern University

… → 2008

Medicine, MD, Indiana University

… → 2003

Research interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Melanoma
  • Quality Improvement
  • Skin Cancer


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