(HARTFORD, Conn., April 13, 2010) – Scott Ellner, D.O., M.P.H., of West Hartford, has been named Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

In this newly-created position, Dr. Ellner will have direct oversight of all quality databases and performance improvement programs within Saint Francis’ Department of Surgery.

Dr. Ellner received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif., and a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University.

He served as an intern, resident and executive chief resident in surgery, and a postdoctoral research fellow in surgical oncology at the University of California at San Diego. He was a fellow in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at the University of Connecticut/Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Ellner is board certified in surgery and advanced trauma life support. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laproendoscopic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, Connecticut Osteopathic Medical Society, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Southern California Osteopathic Medical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, and Hartford County Medical Association.

He holds appointments as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences. He is the author or co-author of six papers in scientific journals.

Dr. Ellner has served as Saint Francis’ Surgeon Champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) for the past three years and is a co-founder of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Dr. Ellner will continue to maintain a practice in general surgery.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.