Alex Haynes, MD, MPH is the Associate Chair for Investigation and Discovery for the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas Austin. He is a practicing surgical oncologist and also serves as the Director for the Distinction in Discovery and Inquiry for the third-year medical students at Dell Med.
He has built a career based on collaborative research focused on three primary areas:
- The development, testing, and scaled implementation of teamwork-based interventions to improve surgical care delivery. He was part of the team that helped develop the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist and ran the international, multi-site trial that demonstrated the tool’s effectiveness in improving surgical outcomes through optimizing team performance, communication, and safety culture. He has subsequently been involved in multiple efforts to implement checklist-based safety programs at scale
- Surgical epidemiology and relationship with health outcomes. He has been part of several studies that have sought to estimate the volume and distribution of surgical care on a global basis, as well as studies that have linked surgical care with health outcomes on a population level.
- Improving communication, knowledge, and utilization of patient-centered outcome data for patients undergoing cancer surgery. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, he has worked to leverage passive data collected from smartphones in combination with patient-reported outcome data to create a more granular and patient-centric understanding of the impact of surgical care, particularly as part of multidisciplinary care. This work seeks to improve shared decision making around surgery, as well as to develop tools to optimize postoperative recovery.
His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, Journal of Clinical Oncology, among others. Prior to joining the faculty at Dell Medical School, he was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Director of the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for healthcare delivery innovation of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.