Dr. Ghaferi’s research explores the mechanisms underlying variations in surgical mortality, specifically the relative role of major complications and “failure to rescue,” that is, a death following a major complication. The concept is a unique way of evaluating hospital-level quality following major surgery. He uses a mixed methods approach to better understand the ability of hospitals and healthcare teams to recognize and effectively manage major postoperative complications. His work has identified critical factors that distinguish resilient, high-performing surgical teams and is now developing interventions aimed at improving care across all hospitals. Dr. Ghaferi is also the director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC), a regional, voluntary consortium of hospitals and surgeons that perform bariatric (weight loss) surgery in Michigan. The goal of the Collaborative is to improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.
- M.D., Johns Hopkins University
- M.S., Health and Healthcare Research, University of Michigan
- B.S., Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles