Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Surgery and Business
Vice Chair for Strategy and Finance, Department of Surgery
Surgical Director, University Hospital Operating Rooms
Director, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative


Dr. Ghaferi is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Business at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Chief of General Surgery and Founding Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. He is also the Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, a consortium of 40 hospitals and 80 surgeons focused on improving the safety and quality of bariatric surgery. He received his bachelors degree from UCLA, his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ghaferi also completed advanced training in health services research and obtained a Masters degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ghaferi's research focuses on understanding the relationship of organizational systems and design to quality and efficiency, with the ultimate goal of designing interventions to improve care locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Ghaferi receives research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). His research has been published in prominent journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, and Annals of Surgery.

Dr. Ghaferi is an active member of several national societies (Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, AcademyHealth) and serves on, chairs, or co-chairs several national committees. He is currently the President of the Surgical Outcomes Club – the largest surgical health services research group in the world. He is also the Secretary of the Association for Academic Surgery – the largest academic surgical association in the country. Dr. Ghaferi is passionate about inspiring and developing academic surgeons across in the US and beyond. As such, since 2015 he has been the co-convener of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Developing a Career in Academic Surgery annual course. 


BCBSM Bariatric Surgery Collaborative Quality Improvement (Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Amir A. Ghaferi, PI

CE-1304-6596: Improving Patient Decisions about Bariatric Surgery Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Amir A. Ghaferi, PI

K08 HS023621: Organizational Dynamics and Failure to Rescue After Major Surgery AHCRQ-DHHS-US- 15- PAF02890
Ghaferi, Amir Abbas, PI

P30 HS024403: Building the Ideal Rescue System to Mitigate the Impact of Failure-to-Rescue Events SubK- AHCRQ-DHHS-US through a consortium with Dartmouth College
Amir A. Ghaferi, PI

T32 DK108740: Obesity Surgery Scientist Training Program NIDDK Co-I (Principal Investigator: Dimick)

Improving Patient Decisions About Bariatric Surgery Patient-Centered Outcomes Rese- 17-PAF07463 Ghaferi, Amir Abbas, PI

R01 AG042340 Co-Investigator "Understanding Variation in Failure to Rescue in the Elderly" National Institute of Aging, period 2012-2015.

Primary Investigator "Understanding the mechanisms underlying racial disparities in surgical safety" National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NMHHD), period 2009-2018.

Published Articles or Reviews

Ghaferi AA, Birkmeyer JD, Dimick JB. "Variation in Hospital Mortality Associated with Inpatient Surgery." New England Journal of Medicine 2009;361:1368-75.

Ghaferi AA, Birkmeyer JD, Dimick JB. "Hospital volume and failure to rescue with high risk surgery." Medical Care 2011;49:1076-81.

Nagendran M, Dimick JB, Gonzalez AA, Birkmeyer JD, Ghaferi AA: Mortality Among Older Adults Before Versus After Hospital Transition to Intensivist Staffing. Med Care 54(1): 67-73, 2016.

Ghaferi AA, Dimick JB: Importance of teamwork, communication and culture on failure-to-rescue in the elderly. Br J Surg 103(2): 47-51, 2016.

Ghaferi AA, Myers CG, Sutcliffe KM, Pronovost PJ: The Next Wave of Hospital Innovation to Make Patients Safer, Harvard Business Review, 2016.

Kelsall AC, Cassidy R, Ghaferi AA: Variation in Bariatric Surgery Episode Costs in the Commercially Insured: Implications for Bundled Payments in the Private Sector. Ann Surg: 2017.

Macht R, Cassidy R, Cabral H, Kazis LE, Ghaferi A: Evaluating organizational factors associated with postoperative bariatric surgery readmissions. Surg Obes Relat Dis: 2017.

Abdel Khalik H, Stevens H, Carlin AM, Stricklen A, Ross R, Pesta C, Finks JF, Ibrahim A, Ghaferi AA: Site-Specific Approach to Reducing Emergency Department Visits Following Surgery. Ann Surg: 2017.

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