Amir A. Ghaferi, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Veteran's Administration
Director of Bariatric Surgery, AAVA
Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative
University of Michigan Health Systems
2124 Taubman Health Care Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Dr. Ghaferi graduated summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 2001, received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Michigan in 2012. Dr. Ghaferi also completed a health services research fellowship with the Michigan Surgical Collaborative for Outcomes Research and Evaluation group and obtained a Masters degree in Health and Healthcare Research during this time. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. At the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Healthcare System, he is the Chief of General Surgery and Founder/Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program which serves Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Dr. Ghaferi's clinical practice is devoted to advanced laparoscopy, including gastroesophageal reflux surgery, bariatric surgery, and abdominal wall and groin hernias. He is also very active in medical student and resident education. He is currently the 3rd year medical student clerkship director at the VA hospital and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Academic Surgeon Development Program aimed at implementing a structured curriculum for students interested in a surgical career from the undergraduate to graduate level. Dr. Ghaferi is also a core faculty member in the Medical School’s Health Policy Path of Excellence.
Dr. Ghaferi's research focuses on understanding the relationship of organizational culture to quality and efficiency, with the ultimate goal of designing interventions to improve care locally, regionally, and nationally. He is currently a co-investigator on an NIH funded grant that seeks to assess the micro-system resources, the safety attitudes and culture, and the safety-related practices and behaviors that are potentially related to "failure to rescue" –the ability to recognize and manage major postoperative complications. Dr. Ghaferi also holds a career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to evaluate the organizational dynamics contributing to failure to rescue. He has also been awarded the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Grant through the National Center for Minority Health Disparities specifically to study racial disparities in surgical safety. 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 (American College of Surgeons, AcademyHealth, Association for Academic Surgery, and Phi Beta Kappa). He serves on a national Outcomes Research Committee for the Association for Academic Surgery, as well as several institutional committees. He has received numerous national awards, including the Association for Academic Surgery Resident Research Award, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Paper Competition, American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation Merit Award, and the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology Education Grant.
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