Foundation Program Sites

Surgical COAP (also known as SCOAP) is a program of the Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ).  FHCQ provides the corporate structure to support Surgical COAP’s operating needs, e.g., the responsibility to enter into contracts for data management/security services and the provision of technical and administrative support.  FHCQ also provides the requisite stewardship over data and ensures confidentiality.  The FHCQ Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the Surgical COAP Program.  The FHCQ Board of Trustees delegates control to the SCOAP Management Committee over the rules of operation and program activities.  The general powers of the Management Committee include policy-making and operational oversight.


Nicholas J. Kassebaum, MD

Surgical COAP & Spine COAP Medical Director

Dr. Kassebaum is known to many in anesthesiology and health care data; he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and also Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and Global Health at the University of Washington where he leads a research team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. He completed undergraduate studies at Macalester College, medical school at Vanderbilt University, and came to Seattle where he completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He practices anesthesia clinically at Harborview Medical Center as part of a dedicated group of perioperative professionals.


Robert M. Rush, Jr., MD, FACS

Surgical COAP Management Committee Chair

Dr. Robert M. Rush is a General Surgeon at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Rush has also held positions at Madigan Army Medical Center as the Deputy Commander for Surgical Services and Chief of Surgery. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point and the Uniformed Services University.

Dr. Rush is board certified in General Surgery and his practice spans over 20 years. During that time, he has contributed extensively to the literature and he has lectured locally and internationally on topics in general surgery, military medicine, and surgical education through simulation.  His military service has taken him to locations throughout the world to include Bosnia, Central and South America, and Southwest Asia where he has provided needed far forward surgical care to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Dr. Rush is known for his work in surgical simulation, disaster medicine, team training and surgical quality/outcomes and is an avid supporter of many patient safety and quality improvement programs to include TeamSTEPPS, NSQIP, SCOAP, SCIP, error reduction from a systems and human factors standpoint. He is a TeamSTEPPS master trainer and he sits on several committees for the American College of Surgeons Consortium of Accredited Education Institutes that involve improving patient outcomes and safety.


Vickie Kolios-Morris, MSHSA CPHQ

Senior Program Director, SCOAP & Spine COAP

Vickie is currently the Senior Program Director for the Foundation for Health Care Quality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a trusted, independent, third party resource to all participants in the health care community – including patients, providers, payers, employers, government agencies, and public health professionals.  She is responsible for the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (Surgical COAP) and the Spine Care Outcomes Assessment Program (Spine COAP), programs that specifically deal with variability, outcomes and quality in surgical services for varied procedures.  Vickie holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration and obtained her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential in 2007.  She has been active in varied quality entities—WSAHQ, NAHQ and OrAHQ; Vickie is particularly excited to serve as the Oregon Association for Healthcare Quality’s President through 2024.  When not working or volunteering professionally, Vickie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.