Adil Haider, MD, MPH, Receives National Institutes of Health R01 Grant to Study Cultural Dexterity Curriculum for Surgeons

Adil Haider, MD, MPH, has received a $3.4M National Institutes of Health (NIH)  – National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R01 grant for his study, “ Evaluation of Cultural Dexterity Training Program for Surgeons: The PACTS Trial“.

Improving the ability of providers to provide cross-cultural care is a necessary development in the effort to improve patient-centered care and reduce healthcare disparities. The trial will test the effectiveness of a novel cultural dexterity curriculum (PACTS) in improving surgical residents’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills in caring for patients of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The PACTS trial is a multicenter trial to be conducted at eight academic medical centers across the US. The added dimension of measuring patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes in response to the intervention, which has not been done previously, will provide evidence to support the connection between cultural dexterity and patient outcomes, and reinforce the anticipated impact of this initiative.


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Adil Haider, MD, MPH

Adil Haider, MD, MPH
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health
Associate Chair of Research, Department of Surgery
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 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 275 peer-reviewed papers and serves as principal investigator on extramural grants worth more than $12M. He believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare in the United States.