W.L. Gore Lecture Series in Management Science

The Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics proudly presents the
W. L. Gore Lecture Series in Management Science

The W.L. Gore Lecture Series in Management Science, which is sponsored by an endowment from the Gore family, will feature experts in the application of probability, statistics, and experimental design to decision making, including applications in academia, business, government, engineering, and medicine. The lecture series recognizes the key role that the fields of probability, statistics, and experimental design have played in the success of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. The inaugural lecture in this series was given in March 2011.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from Noon - 2:00pm
Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive
Newark, DE 19716

Speaker: Bill Woodall
Topics: Monitoring and Improving Surgical Quality

Registration: Seating for this event is limited and is by registration only.
Registration Period: April 1 - April 24 or until seating is filled.
Registration Fee: $10 per person (non-refundable after April 16, 2014).
Link to Registration Website: Click here to enter the registration site


Dr. William H. Woodall - "Monitoring and Improving Surgical Quality”

Talk Highlights

Dr. Ron SneeSome statistical issues related to the monitoring of surgical quality will be reviewed in this presentation. The important role of risk-adjustment in healthcare, used to account for variations in the condition of patients, will be described. Some of the methods for monitoring quality over time will be outlined and illustrated with examples. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) will be described, along with a case study demonstrating significant improvements in surgical infection rates and mortality.

Dr. William H. Woodall - Biographical Highlights

William H. Woodall, Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, is a former editor of the Journal of Quality Technology (2001–2003) and associate editor of Technometrics (1987–1995; 2013). He has published well over 100 papers, most on aspects of process monitoring. He is the recipient of the ASQ Shewhart Medal (2002), ENBIS Box Medal (2012), Jack Youden Prize (1995, 2003), ASQ Brumbaugh Award (2000, 2006), Ellis Ott Foundation Award (1987), Soren Bisgaard Award (2012), and a best paper award from IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering (1997). He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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