Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, will serve as the inaugural physician director for the Mass General Surgical Quality and Safety Center. Dr. Kaafarani is a surgeon in the Mass General Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care (TESSCC) and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as the TESSCC director of patient safety & quality and director of research.

Dr. Kaafarani has been internationally recognized for his work as a leading surgeon-scientist and has published more than 200 scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters focused on improving surgical outcomes, patient safety and quality benchmarking of surgical care. He is the creator of various innovative surgical safety tools, including:

      • The Emergency Surgery Score, a scoring system to predict mortality in emergency surgery patients
      • POTTER, an emergency surgery risk calculator that uses artificial intelligence
      • novel scale to measure the severity of intraoperative adverse events (iAEs), which are a subset of surgical complications

At Mass General, he has led several department-wide quality efforts related to opioid reduction and peer support for physicians. Additionally, he is an active conflict-area surgeon with Doctors without Borders and has served on multiple missions in war-torn areas of Central Africa.

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