"What I Wish I Had Known"
Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA, FACS

Jo Carol Hiatt, MD is Chair of the National Product Council for Kaiser Permanente (KP) and also chairs KP's Inter-Regional New Technologies Committee.  She is a partner in Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) and is currently Assistant Medical Director, SCPMG Business Management.  Dr. Hiatt chairs Southern California's Medical Technology Deployment Strategy Team as well as the Oversight Committee for Integrated Medical Imaging.

Dr. Hiatt joined Kaiser Permanente as a general surgeon at Panorama City.  She subsequently served as Chief of Surgery at that location and was elected to the SCPMG Board of Directors.  Dr. Hiatt was appointed Regional Assistant Medical Director of Clinical Services, and has since assumed a number of regional and program-wide roles.  She served two terms on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. In 2013 she was designated an American College of Surgeons Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Hiatt was also a member of the National Medical Device Evaluation System Planning Board.

Dr. Hiatt received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Duke University.  She trained in general surgery at UCLA. In addition to her clinical degree, Dr. Hiatt received an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.  She presents internationally on KP’s technology assessment, selection, and implementation processes.


Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), is the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine holding appointments as the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair and Professor of Surgery. A leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass is the founding executive director of MITIE; the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education, a state of the art education and research center that has hosted over 55,000 health care providers including 13,000 surgeons in practice for retooling simulation-based surgical training in emerging surgical technologies and procedures. Her research programs in computational surgery, health services research, and surgical oncology has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and other national foundations throughout her career. She was a founding member of the research program that led to the development and dissemination of NSQIP, the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, in the VA Health Care System and in the private sector within the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Bass has held many leadership roles in American surgery including Immediate Past President of the American College of Surgeons, Chair of the American Board of Surgery, President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the Society of Surgical Chairs. She serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and many others in the past. Dr. Bass has received numerous honors in her career including the Olga Jonasson and Nina Starr Braunwald award of the Association of Women Surgeons, the Founder’s Medal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Surgeons. She has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal College of Surgeons – England (FRCS), the Royal College of Surgeons – Ireland (FRCSI), and the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (F-COSECSA). Dr. Bass’ general surgery practice is focused on endocrine and breast surgery.

Dr. Jo Carol Hiatt will be giving a 15-20 minute talk after which Dr. Hiatt and Dr. Bass will be taking part in a panel discussion.

The Women in Surgery Luncheon will take place Saturday, January 26, 2019 during the Annual Scientific Meeting and has an additional event fee.  Select this optional event when you register for the meeting!  Click here to add the luncheon to an existing registration.