UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery appoints Dr. Bobby Tay, MD, as Vice Chair of Quality and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO -- The UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Bobby Tay, MD, has accepted the position of Vice Chair of Quality and Safety within the Department.

"Dr. Tay will provide the department with the leadership in the development of improved systems for tracking, evaluation and communicating patterns in patient safety and quality," said Dr. Thomas P. Vail, MD, chair of the Department. “With Dr. Tay's wealth of experience, we greatly look forward to having him lead a robust training program for residents, fellows and faculty who aspire to be future leaders in the field of patient safety and quality improvement in the areas of clinical operations, research, education, and administration.”

In his new role, Dr. Tay will provide leadership in the conceptualization, development, implementation and measurement of the Department’s approach to quality, patient safety and adverse event reduction.  As Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety, he will communicate and implement strategic, operational and programmatic plans and policies to achieve the vision of having a culture where patient safety is of the highest priority for clinicians and staff.

About Dr. Tay

Dr. Tay is a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery and co-director of the UCSF Spine Center. His clinical focus is on the treatment of cervical spine disorders and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive cervical surgery, cervical disc herniations, spinal stenosis, cervical disc replacement, and complex cervical reconstruction for both decompressions of the spinal cord and realignment of the spinal column. 

With respect to quality and patient safety, Dr. Tay is co-chair of Quality and Safety for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In this role, Dr. Tay assesses and responds to incident reports and cases requiring quality review that are received through the patient safety committee and the electronic incident reporting system. 

Additionally, Dr. Tay’s committee provides each service with a monthly and quarterly report of the percentage of service-specific adverse events that have been reported at the monthly M&M conference in order to promote participation, provide statistical analysis, assess performance and detect systems problems that may lead to higher rates of complications.  Dr. Tay also serves on the Medical Center Committee on Professionalism and on the PARS messenger program, and he is the Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship Program at UCSF.

Dr. Tay completed his undergraduate education in biochemistry at UC Berkeley and went on to earn his medical degree and complete his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UCSF. Following his residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Miami.

For more information, visit https://orthosurgery.ucsf.edu/patient-care/faculty/bobby-tay.html


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