Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services and quality improvement researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S.
Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 30 faculty and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. 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 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 hospital for their surgical care, and (4) performing evaluations of policies that impact the healthcare quality. He has a particular interest in large, pragmatic cluster-randomized trials examining hospital quality initiatives and healthcare policies. He is the Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the FIRST Trial, and he is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons.
He has published more than 200 scientific articles, with more than seven in JAMA in the last two years. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the California Health Care Foundation, and the Health Care Services Corporation. He is currently the President of the Surgical Outcomes Club.
At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality and is the Chair of the Surgical Oversight and Quality Committee. He leads several practical quality and process improvement initiatives for the hospital and the healthcare system.
Dr. Bilimoria obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He obtained his Master’s degree in outcomes research from Northwestern. Dr. Bilimoria was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then at the American College of Surgeons. He completed his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern and then went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.