Dr Adil H. Haider

​Dean, Medical C​ollege, ​​​Pakistan

Dr Adil Hussain Haider is a proud AKU Alumni, from the MBBS Class of 1998 after which he attained a Master in Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a practicing Trauma and Acute Care surgeon who completed his residency training in General Surgery at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center and fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care (2005-6) and Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (2006-7) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine where he was a widely acclaimed trauma surgeon with a joint appointment in their School of Public Health. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and became Director of the Center for Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research in 2011. In 2014, Dr Haider moved to Boston to become the Kessler Director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a joint initiative between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

A renowned international expert in healthcare access and disparities, Dr Haider has over 350 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, in addition to numerous book chapters and other publications. He is recognised for introducing several novel methods of studying surgical outcomes and advancing the science of surgical health services research. Through his career, Dr Haider has been a Principal Investigator on extramurally funded research grants of over $20 million USD.

He has served as a visiting professor at more than 30 internationally celebrated universities and has held numerous leadership positions in medical and surgical societies including serving as the President of the Association for Academic Surgery. Dr Haider has received more than 20 major awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honour (2017), one of the most prestigious honours given to civilians in the United States for “promoting racial harmony and tolerance”, the Diversity Leadership Award from Johns Hopkins University (2014), and the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award from the American College of Surgeons for clinical research (2013). He also continues to serve as the Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery, the #1 scientific journal in the field. 

In 2019, Dr Haider became the Dean of his alma mater, the AKU Medical College, where he was also presented with the Kanji Jamal Family Endowed Chair. After moving back to Pakistan, he was appointed as the Chairman of the National Medical and Dental Academic Board of the Pakistan Medical Commission. Dr Haider also serves as an active member of the Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Health that has a broad mandate to reform health delivery and health education across all sectors in Pakistan.​​​