Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE)

About ACE

The concept of an Academy of Clinical Excellence at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons was first proposed in 2011 by Dean Lee Goldman. This concept was put forth to establish a means for rewarding and measuring clinical excellence. At that time a task force headed by Richard Levine, MD was charged with the task of investigating the role of such an academy and the logistics of establishing one. The findings of this task force were filed with Dean Goldman in 2012 and in the spring of 2013 an onsite visit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Academy of Clinical Excellence was conducted. In the spring of 2015 a 14 member committee was selected to consider on the feasibility of such an academy, to develop an organizational charter, and to plan for the process of receiving the first round of applicants to the Academy.

The shifting landscape of modern academic medicine has created a climate that jeopardizes the training and existence of the excellent clinician. It was felt that a concerted effort to reinforce the importance of outstanding clinicians and the role they play in delivering high quality care in today’s health care system was needed.

The purpose for the existence of the Academy of Clinical Excellence is to afford the clinical faculty who contribute to the P&S community predominantly through patient care a method of being recognized for the highest level of achievement. The Academy will allow clinical faculty to be honored by their peers for having met benchmark standards of excellence. One of the difficult aspects of formulating such an academy is developing agreed upon metrics for assessing clinical excellence and this topic has been the main agenda item for the deliberations of the founding committee for the Academy.


The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Academy of Clinical Excellence exists to define, recognize, and perpetuate excellence in clinical care amongst the faculty and trainees. 


Through the establishment of an Academy of Clinical Excellence we will perpetuate the ability to offer exceptional clinical care to all patients for many generations to come.

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