Delivery of

Surgical Care



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.



Academic Press

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] 

Public Press

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:


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: 


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:


Remainder of publications




Visual Abstract

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)


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 Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Michigan and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. 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, 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 curriculum design and cross-­‐disciplinary research 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.