Dr. Ghaferi is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Business at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Chief of General Surgery and Founding Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. He is also the Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, a consortium of 40 hospitals and 80 surgeons focused on improving the safety and quality of bariatric surgery. He received his bachelors degree from UCLA, his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ghaferi also completed advanced training in health services research and obtained a Masters degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan.  

Dr. Ghaferi's clinical practice is devoted to advanced laparoscopy, including bariatric surgery, gastroesophageal reflux surgery, and abdominal wall and groin hernias. His research focuses on understanding the relationship of organizational systems and human factors to quality and efficiency, with the ultimate goal of designing interventions to improve care locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has received grants from several federal agencies—National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
His research has been published in prominent journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Annals of Surgery. He is recognized as a global leader in bariatric surgery and health services research.


Involvement at AcademyHealth:

  • Committee Members - 2018 Annual Research Meeting