Webinar: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Impacting Postoperative Pain and the Opioid Crisis at Quaternary Academic Care Center

In the face of widespread use of opioid analgesics to treat postsurgical pain, the opioid epidemic and its outcomes have taken today’s media by storm. Drug overdose deaths involving prescription/illicit opioids have become the number one cause of accidental death nationwide, and opioid prescriptions given by perioperative physicians (pain specialists, surgeons, etc.) contribute to it. In an effort to address this public health crisis, a team of innovative physicians and allied health professionals at USC are tackling the source of the problem: the pain. Is there a way to reduce postsurgical pain such that it can be managed with less potent pain medications?

Our solution: the ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) program. After numerous meetings and educational sessions between all team members – physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, pharmacists – we successfully launched the ERAS pathway for thoracic patients in July 2018. Since then, ERAS has grown to encompass seven more surgical lines. Amongst 370 ERAS patients, results are outstanding. Acute pain scores have gone down by 23%, opioid use has lessened by 47%, and length of stay has decreased by 21%. Going forward, we plan to encompass all surgical lines and include more attention to pre-habilitation and patient education


  1. Outline ERAS Program deployment methods and KMUSC journey
  2. Diagram the multidisciplinary infrastructure behind the success of the ERAS at KMUSC
  3. Analyze strategies for engaging clinicians, frontline staff and administration to become advocates for positive change

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific


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Michael Kim, DO
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Keck School of Medicine
Medical Director of Value Improvement Office
Director Ultimate Surgical Experience
Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Michael Kim is an assistant professor of Anesthesiology of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He completed his medical training at Touro University, his anesthesiology residency at University of Colorado and his critical care fellowship at Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles. Since the completion of his fellowship, he has been at the Keck Hospital of USC, working both in the ORs and the ICU units. 

Most recently, he has been the catalyst for rapid system change by spearheading the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program and onboarding 8 surgical specialties in a mere 12 months. Using his skills in system improvement and collaborative team building, Dr. Kim has built up the ERAS program from its infancy to a very productive and promising program, both for improved cost-effectiveness for the hospital and for enhanced patient recovery.  He lives in Glendale, CA, with his wife, Eunice, and his two children, Josiah and Johanna. 

Eugenia Chong, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Value Improvement Office
Keck Medicine of USC

Eugenia has been a Registered Nurse for the past 12 years, with the majority of her experience caring for patients in the acute care setting at Keck Medicine of USC. Her experience includes assisted in opening a 14-bed Cardiothoracic Telemetry unit for high risk surgical patients. Over the past 2 years, Eugenia had the unique opportunity to be the first Clinical Process Architect Fellow with the Value Improvement Office. With a passion to facilitate meaningful adoption of best evidence into practice, she went on to join as the department’s Clinical Nurse Specialist to co-lead the ERAS program alongside Dr. Kim in January 2019. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Degree with specialty certification in Adult-Gerontology from Azusa Pacific University. She also serves as a board member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Chapter at Keck Medical Center of USC.

2019 Dauner Quality Award Winner Finalist

Click here to view Keck Medicine of USC 2019 Dauner Award application.

Continuing Education Credit

One complimentary CE unit will be provided to dues-paying member hospitals of the Hospital Quality Institute, CHPSO Patient Safety Organization, the California Hospital Association or the regional hospital associations in CA.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

HQI does not currently offer ACPE approved Pharmacy CE, but the State of California will accept CE from courses which have been approved for continuing education by the Medical Board of California, the California Board of Podiatric Medicine, the California Board of Registered Nursing or the Dental Board of California towards their California continuing education requirement (Section 1732.2(b) of the California Code of Regulations). Pharmacists need to keep track of CE from these sources on their own as they are not submitted to NAPB.