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Robert Phillips, MD, PhD

For six weeks in late 2005, UMass Memorial Medical Center voluntarily stopped performing elective cardiac surgery after Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) data indicated that the medical center's CABG mortality was above the state average. Things have since turned around and UMass is now a recognized national leader in quality and cardiovascular outcomes, according to a commentary from Robert Phillips, MD, senior vice president at UMass.