The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery (ISOBS) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was founded in Boston, Massachusetts by the physicians with the support of patients, the general public, and professional organizations because of the exponential growth of surgical procedures performed in the office setting – that is, outside of the hospital or an ambulatory surgical facility.
Many reports of adverse patient outcomes, including highly publicized deaths have increased the public’s awareness of the safety issues facing OBS today. With over 10 million OBS procedures performed last year, healthcare providers, patients, and the public have long looked for an advocate with the resources, expertise and national standing needed to improve OBS safety and help healthcare providers maintain safe office-based practices.
With this goal in mind, the Institute has been able to recruit an excellent team of experts consisting of healthcare providers representing many surgical fields involved in OBS, anesthesiologists, and individuals from the business, law and public policy sectors. The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery is an independent non-profit organization.
Fred E. Shapiro, DO
President and Founder
Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA