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9/30/2014: Dr. Heena Santry has been awarded an R01 (Independent Investigator Research Grant) from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality for her project entitled "A New Specialty Responding To National Needs: Does Acute Care Surgery Deliver?" (Grant #1 R01 HS022694-01A1). The project focuses on an ongoing crisis in access to care for time-sensitive surgical diseases such as perforated bowel or necrotizing soft tissue infections that is expected to worsen based on current surgical workforce trends and the aging US population. The research will examine the ongoing diffusion of a new specialty called acute care surgery as a strategy to meet our nation’s emergency general surgery needs and will measure which specific structures and processes optimize outcomes for patients with general surgery emergencies. The results of this project will help develop organized systems for the care of emergency general surgery patients so that all Americans suffering general surgery emergencies will have timely access to high quality surgical care regardless of when and where they are stricken.


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The UMass Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research group has developed a number of tools to help predict outcomes after operations, including in-hospital mortality and complications. These "risk scores" stratify patients in various settings according to their specific characteristics and circumstances. Please note that these resources are intended as research tools; they describe national averages only, and the estimates they provide must be interpreted in context by an experienced clinician. The following tools are available:

  • A Simple Risk Score for Pancreatectomy 
    The score is designed to augment, not replace clinician judgment and informed consent, and must be interpreted in the context of the individual patient and surgeon.