NEWS | March 26, 2019

Rectal cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons

UC Davis Health program is one of just nine in the nation to achieve top standards for care


The rectal cancer surgery program at UC Davis Health has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it one of just nine programs in the nation to achieve this recognition.

Accreditation is for three years and based on 19 standards, including having a multidisciplinary rectal cancer care team with representatives from surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology. Additional standards address required clinical services, treatment timelines and performance measures.

The program at UC Davis Health met all of the standards.

“Providing complete, patient-focused care for colorectal diseases is a priority at UC Davis Health,” said Diana Farmer, chair of the UC Davis Health Department of Surgery. “This accreditation is a testament to surgeon Linda Farkas, nurse Emilie Beardsley and the entire rectal surgery team, who make sure all of their patients are provided the latest and most effective treatment options and are actively included in the treatment decision process.”

The accreditation program was developed through a collaboration of the ACS Commission on Cancer, Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer Consortium, American College of Radiology, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and College of American Pathologists. The goal is to ensure that rectal cancer patients receive appropriate, multidisciplinary care.

“When a program achieves this type of specialized accreditation, it means that their rectal cancer patients will receive streamlined, modern evaluation and treatment for the disease. Compliance with our standards will assure optimal care for these patients,” said David P. Winchester, medical director of ACS cancer programs.

For more information about the accreditation program, visit the NAPRC website.

Information about the rectal surgery program at UC Davis Health is online.