Alex Haynes

Alex Haynes, MD, MPH, is Director for the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on improving surgical care delivery through improved measurement and implementation of quality improvement initiatives. His work bridges environments as diverse as acute care hospitals in South Carolina, where he has been involved in the Safe Surgery 2015 collaborative, to ambulatory surgery centers across the country, as well as hospitals and health systems around the globe. In collaboration with colleagues from the Harvard Business School, he is running a study to investigate the links between hospital management practices and ability to implement large scale quality improvement projects, funded with a research grant from the Rx Foundation. He is also a practicing surgical oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Previously, Alex led the pilot study for the World Health Organization’s “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” campaign. In this role he led a multi-institutional study of a checklist-based intervention to reduce complications and death following surgery in eight countries. He has published in numerous high-impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, Health Affairs, and Cancer.

Alex received his BA from Tulane University, his MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His clinical training includes residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is board certified in surgery and complex general surgical oncology.