I believe every patient -- regardless of age, gender, race or geography -- has the right to high-quality, safe surgical care.
I use my training in surgery, architecture and health services research to evaluate the policy and payment strategies intended to improve surgical outcomes and reduce costs. This often involves collaborations across both the public and private sectors of healthcare and architecture.
My research is intended to guide providers, payers and policymakers on how to redesign and optimize the delivery of healthcare.
safe surgical care for rural communities
Ibrahim AM, Hughes T, Thumma J, Dimick JB. “Association of Hospital Critical Access Status with Surgical Outcomes and Expenditures Among Medicare Beneficiaries.” JAMA. 2016;315(19):2095-2103. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.5618.
Missed warning signs within existing healthcare data
Ibrahim AM, Dimick JB. “Monitoring Medical Devices: Missed Warnings Signs within Existing Data.” JAMA. 2017;318(4):327-328. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6584
Building a Better Operating Room
Ibrahim, AM, Dimick JB, Joseph A, “Building a Better Operating Room: views from Surgery and Architecture.” Ann of Surg 2016. May 9 [Epub ahead of print]
Redesigning Network Delivery
Ibrahim AM. Dimick JD. “Redesigning the Delivery of Speciality Care within Newly Formed Hospital Networks” N Engl J Med Catalyst. April 2017, Available online: http://catalyst.nejm.org/redesigning-specialty-care-delivery/
TRaining across sectors
Ibrahim AM. Fleisher L. “Rethinking the Challenges of Healthcare: A Call for Tri-Sector Leaders” N Engl J Med Catalyst. June 2016, Available online: http://catalyst.nejm.org/rethinking-challenges-of-health-care-time-cultivate-more-tri-sector-leaders/
If you had to have surgery, where would you go?
Ibrahim AM. “Doctors Usually Think Bigger Hospitals Offer Better Surgery. Turns Out, We’re Wrong.” VOX. August 2016, Available online: http://www.vox.com/2016/8/30/12691968/mom-surgery-quality-hospital
Open Source Primer
As the Creative Director at Annals of Surgery, I have been working on better means to disseminate research. One approach is to visually summarize key points from the article in a "visual abstract." Some examples can be seen below as well as on Twitter by following the hashtag #VisualAbstract .
You can download a free PDF primer here on how to create a visual abstract.
EXAMPLES OF VISUAL ABSTRACTS (Click on image to advance slides)
Visual Abstract Video Demonstration
Visual Abstract Publications
Ibrahim AM, Lillemoe KD, Klingensmith ME, Dimick JB. “Visual Abstracts to Disseminate Research on Social Media: a prospective, case-control crossover study” Ann Surg. 2017 Apr 26. Link to Article
Ibrahim AM, Bradley SM. “The Adoption of Visual Abstracts at Circulation CQO: why and how we’re doing it” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 Mar;10(3). Link to Article
Ibrahim AM. "Seeing is Believing: Using Visual Abstracts to Disseminate Scientific Research." Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Sep 19. Link to Article
Nikolian, V, Ibrahim AM. “Visual Abstracts and the Future of Scientific Journals” Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery.” Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2017 Sep;30(4):252-25. Link to Chapter
Aungst, T. Visual Abstracts are Changing How we Share Studies. Doximity. July 2017. Op-Ed. Link to Article
Network Delivery of Surgery
Below is an abbreviated slide deck from a recent presentation on Network Strategies to Improve Surgical Care Delivery. The talk is motivated by the underlying evidence that some hospitals perform better than others for different procedures, and that those differences can be leveraged within a network of multiple hospitals to improve overall quality.
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Can Architects Build for Health?
This abbreviated slide deck pulls from two recent national talk for the American Institute of Architects on how architects can "build for health." It outlines the shift in healthcare payment policies from "volume to value." It then uses those policy changes as a platform to identify opportunitues to influence health from the scale of a single operating room up to an entire community.
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Andrew M. Ibrahim MD, MSc is a House Officer in Surgery at the University of Michigan and advisor to multiple architecture firms specializing in healthcare delivery. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees education both with Honors at Case Western Reserve University with a year of coursework at University College London and The Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to his health services research degree from the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, he completed additional policy training as a Crile Fellow at Princeton University and as a Doris Duke Fellow at John Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Ibrahim currently serves on the Design & Health Leadership Group at the American Institute Architects. In this national appointment, he leads efforts to merge health and architecture expertise through innovative public-private collaboratives focused on building safer hospitals and designing better healthcare delivery systems. His research evaluating population level strategies to improve health care delivery has resulted in numerous peer-review publications, book chapters, international presentations and appointment to the editorial board at the Annals of Surgery. He also serves as a technical advisor to The Leapfrog Group.