Dear CSPH and Brigham Surgery Family,
As many of you know, I have been chosen to serve as the next Dean of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. This short 2-minute video will give you an insight into my new role.
I am very proud to have served as the Kessler Director for the Center of Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) and a BWH Trauma / Acute Care Surgeon for the last four years. Together we have built the CSPH in to a very special place. Along with cementing our status as a national leader in surgical health services research, we have created an exceptional environment to work and learn in, cultivating a culture of comradery, diversity and teamwork which I believe has been the secret to our success. This past September, when we informed our Expert Advisory Board members that we had met almost all of our 5-year strategic plan goals (both fiscally and impact wise) in just under three years, I could not be more grateful for what we have accomplished. I know that a major reason I have been chosen to be the next Dean at AKU, is the success we have had as a group at the CSPH. Thus, this is not just an achievement for me, but for all of us as a whole – our faculty, our research fellows, our research staff and administrators.
For more than a decade I have dedicated my career to exposing disparities in trauma outcomes and promoting solutions to remedy them. My time as a young surgeon in Baltimore opened my eyes to these disparities and galvanized my passion to combat them. The CSPH provided an incredible platform to create a national agenda for surgical disparities research and the opportunity to work with an amazing group of change makers who share the vision of making surgery safe, effective, and affordable for all. Working along-side the extra-ordinarily talented surgeons in the Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care has also been an unbelievable experience. BWH Trauma is truly one of the most premier academic divisions of its kind, and I have been extremely fortunate to be part of a group that provides exceptional care to critically injured and ill patients during their most vulnerable of moments. In returning to the Aga Khan University, where I began my medical education, I am coming full circle in my journey, and I will be taking everything we have learned together with me. There, I will have the daunting and fantastic opportunity to translate what we have learned about inequities into policy and practice. Along with leading the foremost medical college in the region, I will also be overseeing the creation of a new Center of Excellence in Trauma and Emergency Preparedness that, similar to the CSPH, will bring together the best minds in surgery and public health to solve the ever-increasing burden of injury in the developing world.
While Saima, our children, and I look forward to this new chapter in our lives, I am happy to say that we will remain a part of the CSPH family as I take on a new part-time appointment as Director of Disparities and Emerging Trauma Systems. In this role, I will continue to oversee the PACTS Trial, the NTRAP program, mentoring research fellows, and help form a research and implementation partnership with the new AKU Center for Trauma and Emergency Preparedness, the CSPH, and BWH Trauma. I also look forward to working with and learning from a new CSPH director. Dr. Doherty, is actively working with CPSH faculty and staff to develop a transition plan, which will be put into place before I move to Karachi at the end of 2018. I am certain that in its next phase, the CSPH will continue to have a major impact on surgical science and enable faculty, fellows, and staff to reach new heights.
I am profoundly thankful to all of you and grateful for the continued opportunity to partner with so many at the CSPH, BWH Trauma, Brigham Surgery and the Harvard Community.
With great thanks,