The mission of the Center for Perioperative Outcomes (CPO) in the Department of Anesthesiology is to foster excellence in the field of perioperative outcomes research, education and patient-focused services.
We further this mission by utilizing data sources and innovative analytical tools to advance clinical care and health care policy. One aim of the CPO is to offer attending physicians, residents, fellows, CRNAs and students the opportunity to learn research methodology and understand how information technology and data-driven decisions can enhance patient care.
The CPO was created by Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) researchers and faculty members who shared a unique vision for a collaborative environment dedicated to outcomes research.
As a fellow at WCM, Dr. Peter M. Fleischut grew his career through mentorships and research collaborations. Seeing a need for this collegial environment in outcomes research, the idea for the CPO was born. Dr. Fleischut envisioned a single center offering methodological, statistical, and information technology resources. The combination of these assets in one place would allow researchers to explore both pure health outcomes research, and how that research could translate into patient care.
Dr. Hugh C. Hemmings Jr., the Joseph F. Artusio Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, supported the CPO and the center was officially established.
The CPO remains a one-of-a-kind center, now encompassing several disciplines including medicine, nursing, information technologies and biostatistics. Our educational environment caters to collaborators of all levels: a novice researcher can learn to produce his or her first scientific presentation, while a seasoned researcher can gain funding through grant applications or journal publications.
The CPO allows staff to shift between research and clinical informatics without losing focus on existing efforts. With this in mind, the center maintains an awareness of the current climate in healthcare and research, allowing collaborators the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research efforts for years to come.