Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has earned accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, a designation from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) that recognizes institutions that provide the highest quality of care and patient safety.


“Earning this robotic surgery accreditation signifies Houston Methodist Willowbrook’s ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Ata Ahmad, a general surgeon at Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Robotic Committee chairman. “Our team of talented surgeons across a variety of specialties recognizes the exponential benefits of embracing new technology that enhances the patient experience before, during and after a procedure. We look forward to continuing to adopt the most cutting-edge advancements in surgical technology.”


An SRC accreditation helps patients identify providers that have met rigorous standards for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term, follow-up care. It demonstrates an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.


“The journey to achieving accreditation has vastly enhanced our capability to better serve our patients undergoing surgical procedures,” said Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, a colorectal surgeon who, as the immediate past chair of the accreditation committee, was instrumental in earning this achievement. “During the past few years, we have significantly expanded our robotic surgery offerings and all the ancillary services that support such procedures, including an acute focus on post-operation pain management. This holistic approach has greatly improved the overall patient experience here at Houston Methodist Willowbrook.”


Health care organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and inspection process that examines criteria in surgical experience, program directors, consultative services, equipment and instruments, qualified call coverage, clinical pathways, standardized operating procedures, surgical team and support staff, and patient education. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve care and services.


“We’re proud to recognize Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital for its commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, CEO of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this hospital is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.”


To learn more about SRC and the accreditation process, visit surgicalreview.org.