Adil Haider, MD, MPH, Receives National Institutes of Health Grant to Study Trauma Care in Older Americans

Adil Haider, MD, MPH, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute on Aging (NIA) grant for his study “Comparative Effectiveness of Trauma Center Care for Older Americans“.

Trauma is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among Americans aged 65 and over. Ensuring older trauma patients receive the optimal level of trauma center care may be one important way to improve outcomes; however, the effectiveness of trauma centers in improving outcomes among older patients remains unclear.

This study will determine the effectiveness of trauma center care among older patients, specifically focusing on differences between traumatic brain injury (expected to benefit from higher-level trauma center care) and hip fracture (manageable regardless of treating facility) while addressing short and long-term outcomes including mortality, complications, readmissions, functional status, hospice enrollment and cumulative direct costs.


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Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS

Adil Haider, MD, MPH
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burn, Surgical & Critical Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Adil Haider, MD, MPH, is an active trauma and critical care surgeon, prolific researcher, and the Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the deputy editor of JAMA Surgery and president-elect of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS).

Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the United States, with projects focused on describing and mitigating unequal outcomes based on sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. His other research focuses on long-term clinical and functional outcomes after trauma and emergency general surgery, optimal treatment of trauma/critically ill patients in resource-poor settings, and advanced analytic techniques for surgical health services research.

Dr. Haider has formally mentored more than 120 research trainees, published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers and serves as principal investigator on extramural grants worth more than $8M. He believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare in the United States.