4th Annual UCSF Health Improvement Symposium – Redefining Possible

Dr. Syed Ali, Dr. Solmaz Manuel, and Stephanie Kwan

Working as one, UCSF integrates excellence with a singular focus to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients, and advance health worldwide. To achieve our mission of caring, healing, teaching, and discovering, we have developed the following “true north” pillars:


Patient Experience

Quality and Safety

Our People

Financial Strength

Strategic Growth

Learning Health System


These pillars serve to guide and track our progress towards our mission. At the recent 4thAnnual UCSF Health Improvement Symposium, UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care faculty and residents shared their meaningful quality improvement work. Led by UCSF Health Chief Quality Officer Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, the symposium featured more than 150 posters illustrating projects created to advance our true north goals, and UCSF’s mission, vision, and values.


Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Dr. Solmaz Manuel (with Stephanie Kwan) presented a collaborative effort between UCSF Surgery and UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care to reduce post-operative opioid over-prescription & misuse in patients undergoing endocrine surgery. This was a fantastic project with buy-in from multiple stakeholders!


UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care resident Dr. Syed Ali presented the results of a year-long intensive resident QI effort to identify high-risk patients and reduce contributors to postoperative delirium.