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Posts by Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH


Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, the director of the Center for Outcomes & Patient Safety in Surgery (COMPASS), the director of trauma and emergency surgery research and the director of the Mass General Wound Center. He is a leading surgeon-scientist with more than 250 published peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters, in top journal such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Surgery, JAMA Surgery, Heath Affairs and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. His large and diverse research team uses health services research methodologies and artificial intelligence technology to advance the science of risk prediction as well as quality and safety in surgery. He is a leader in many academic societies such as the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society and the New England Surgical Society. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards and an invited national and international speaker in many topics such as trauma care, perioperative safety and quality, artificial intelligence and risk-prediction in medicine and the second victim peer support. His expertise is focused on caring for 4 types of patients: trauma, emergency general surgery, critical ill and complex wound. This includes treatment of all traumatic conditions such as traumatic brain injury, pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion, blunt cardiac injury, liver/splenic lacerations, pancreatic injury, mesenteric lacerations, pelvic fractures, spine fractures, renal injuries, and all injuries to the intestines and blood vessels. He treats all conditions that are the result of penetrating injuries, such as gunshot and stab wounds, as well as blunt trauma such as falls, assaults, and motor vehicle crashes. He also manages and treats emergent surgical conditions such as acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, bowel obstruction, inguinal hernias, perforated gastric and duodenal ulcers, mesenteric ischemia, and necrotizing fasciitis. In his wound practice, as the director of the Wound Center, he treats all sorts of wounds (traumatic, diabetic, pressure) that are resistant to simple methods of treatments. He is an active conflict-area volunteer surgeon with Doctors Without Borders.