Justin Dimick, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Dimick is the director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy (CHOP). His expertise is in surgical outcomes research, specifically addressing performance measurement, variation in hospital quality, and cost-quality relationships. His research focuses on policies for improving surgical care, including selective referral, pay-for-performance, and episode bundled payments. Dr. Dimick is a member of IHPI’s Institute Leadership Team (ILT).
- M.D., Johns Hopkins University
- M.P.H., Health Services Research, Dartmouth College
- B.A., Biology, Cornell University
Health Services Research & Policy Focus
U-M Academic Affiliation(s)
Collaborating Centers & Programs
What are you thinking about?
I am thinking about innovative ways to improve quality in surgery. Working with Nancy Birkmeyer, PhD., Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC), we are developing methods for large-scale implementation of video-based coaching to improve technical skill in practicing surgeons. Using similar techniques, we are also developing methods to use video-based analysis of surgical technique to make the diffusion of new procedures safer.
Why is this interesting to you?
Most existing efforts to improve surgical care focus on optimizing perioperative care, such as ensuring patients receive appropriate prophylaxis to prevent wound infections and blood clots after surgery. These efforts, which have led to only modest improvements in outcomes, completely ignore what happens in the operating room. It is very interesting to open this “black box” and work towards improving technique and skill.
What are the practical implications for healthcare?
For procedural specialties, optimizing the details of how (i.e., technique) and how well (i.e., surgical skill) a procedure is performed could yield large improvements in patient outcomes.