About the Institute

In March 2008, The American College of Surgeons established a new Institute for Health Policy Research to facilitate the scholarly assessment of the role of surgery and surgical services in the evolving health care environment.  The creation of this Institute is in response to the need for high quality and relevant data on the health care system, the economy and society as they affect surgical patients and practitioners. 

The Institute is temporarily based at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, while a new facility is constructed to house the American College of Surgeons Washington staff.  In 2010, the expected relocation date, the Institute’s headquarters will move to Washington, DC, though it is expected that a significant amount of research will remain based at UNC.   In its initial three years, The Institute will focus on developing internal organizational capacity, establishing partnerships with relevant organizations to facilitate collaborative research efforts, and creating a foundation of knowledge about the supply and need for surgical services in the United States for policy-making and research purposes.