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Hadiza S. Kazaure, MD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology

What is your specific area of interest in health services?

I have two distinct areas of interest. Both involve the use of large databases to facilitate the practice of “precision medicine.” As an endocrine surgeon, my research aims to identify avenues for outcomes and quality of life improvement for patients with endocrine-related disorders. As a surgeon, I have particular interest in the intersection of surgery with end-of life care. Are we providing appropriate care in line with a patient’s goals of care or are we doing “too much too late?” Insight into these questions will enable informed decision-making to optimize the provision of patient-centered, compassionate care.

What is an example of your best work in health services research?

My medical school thesis involved examining the characteristics and outcomes of surgical patients with pre-existing Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders. This was a previously unexplored area in surgical outcomes research; the project opened up new avenues in understanding care dynamics relating to resuscitation (CPR) and having a DNR order in the surgical population.

In your opinion, what is an important health services research question that needs to be answered in the field?

In this era of value-based care, it is important to fill quantitative and qualitative knowledge gaps in our understanding of the effect of a patient’s comprehensive profile on surgical outcomes. 

What is a fun fact about you?

I am life-long Arsenal FC fan! Go Gunners!!!