Adil Haider, MD, MBBS, FACS gives his 2019 AAS Presidential Address “Equality is the Cornerstone of Medicine”
Adil Haider, MD, MBBS, FACS
On Jan 1, 2019 Dr. Haider assumed office as the Dean of the Medical College of the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, Pakistan. He also has a part time appointment as Director of Disparities and Emerging Trauma Systems in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
As Dean he leads the faculty of the first Joint Commission accredited healthcare institution in the country. AKU is routinely ranked #1 in the region. It is responsible for more than 80% of Biomedical research and an economic impact of 1 Billion USD in Pakistan. He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery and holds numerous leadership positions in national and international surgical organizations and colleges. Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury in the United States and establishing the field of trauma disparities research.
He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the world, with projects focused on describing and mitigating unequal outcomes based on gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. His other research focuses on long-term clinical and functional outcomes after trauma and optimal treatment of trauma/critically ill patients in resource-poor settings. He has formally mentored more than 100 research trainees, published more than 300 peer reviewed papers and currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on extramural grants worth more than twelve million dollars. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Dr. Haider believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare around the globe.