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John Gerard Meara, D.M.D., M.D.

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University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, INBS1986
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MIMD1990
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PADMD1993
Melbourne Business School, Melbourne AustraliaMBA2004
1986
Phi Beta Kappa
1986
With Highest Honors
1990
Bronze Beeper

Overview
John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA is the Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Meara serves as the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. He was Co-Chair for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and was a commissioner on the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era and the Lancet Oncology Commission. In 2008 he created the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program. He is also interested in value-based health care and implementation science research, including time driven activity-based cost research and outcomes research. Dr. Meara has led several ICHOM projects focusing on outcomes reporting and international benchmarking.
Twitter: @JohnMeara

Mentoring
Value-based health care – Process mapping, outcome measurement and cost estimation for patients with cleft lip and palate (CLP) at Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB)
Full Time, 06/01/11 - 05/31/12
The shortage of surgeons, obstetricians and anesthesiologist in low- and middle- income countries
Full Time/Year Long, 07/02/13 - 06/30/13
Surgical care delivery and operative capacity at the major academic referral hospital in Liberia
Full Time/Year Long, 07/02/12 - 06/28/13
General Surgery and Urologic Burden of Disease in Haiti's central plateau
International, 09/27/10 - 05/20/11
Cost effectiveness of providing surgical care at a district level hospital in rural Rwanda
International, 06/01/11 - 07/01/12
Macromastia in Adolescent Girls
Summer, 06/15/09 - 08/07/09
Driving Value Into Healthcare: Plagiocephaly & Time-Driven Activity Based Costing
Full Time/Year Long, 09/01/12 - 09/01/13

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  1. Truche P, Moeller E, Wurdeman T, Zimmerman K, Cruz N, Nakarmi K, Rai SM, Eado Y, Pompermaier L, Meara JG, Corlew DS. The Plastic Surgery Workforce and Its Role in Low-income Countries. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Apr; 9(4):e3428. PMID: 33912368.
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  2. Alidina S, Zanial N, Meara JG, Barash D, Buberwa L, Chirangi B, Hellar A, Kisakye S, Mazhiqi A, Mnyonyela W, Nyanda MP, Reynolds C, Tinuga F, Maongezi S, Kapologwe NA. Applying the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) Framework to Safe Surgery 2020 Implementation in Tanzania's Lake Zone. J Am Coll Surg. 2021 Apr 14. PMID: 33957259.
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  3. Hayirli TC, Meara JG, Barash D, Chirangi B, Hellar A, Kenemo B, Kissima I, Maongezi S, Reynolds C, Samky H, Ulisubisya M, Varallo JE, Warinner CB, Alidina S, Kapologwe NA. Development and content validation of the Safe Surgery Organizational Readiness Tool: A quality improvement study. Int J Surg. 2021 Apr 14; 89:105944. PMID: 33862259.
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  4. Pigeolet M, Jayaram A, Park KB, Meara JG. Osteoarthritis in 2020 and beyond. Lancet. 2021 Mar 20; 397(10279):1059-1060. PMID: 33743863.
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  5. Ganske IM, Sanchez K, Le E, Langa OC, Sharif-Askary B, Ross E, Santiago P, Meara JG, Padwa BL, Allori AC. Time-Driven, Activity-Based Costing of Presurgical Infant Orthopedics: A Critical Component of Establishing Value of Latham Appliance and Nasoalveolar Molding. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Mar 01; 147(3):444-454. PMID: 33620939.
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  6. Carrillo-Villaseñor F, Fowler Z, Moeller E, Roa L, Macias V, Koch R, Mohar S, Caddell L, Cervantes S, Mathews I, Riviello R, Cervantes-Trejo A, Meara JG, Uribe-Leitz T. Access to Essential Surgical Care in Chiapas, Mexico: A System-Wide Geospatial Analysis. World J Surg. 2021 Jun; 45(6):1663-1671. PMID: 33616710.
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  7. Alidina S, Chatterjee P, Zanial N, Alreja SS, Balira R, Barash D, Ernest E, Giiti GC, Maina E, Mazhiqi A, Mushi R, Reynolds C, Sydlowski M, Tinuga F, Maongezi S, Meara JG, Kapologwe NA, Barringer E, Cainer M, Citron I, DiMeo A, Fitzgerald L, Ghandour H, Gruendl M, Hellar A, Jumbam DT, Katoto A, Kelly L, Kisakye S, Kuchukhidze S, Lama TN, Menon G, Mshana S, Reynolds C, Segirinya H, Simba D, Smith V, Staffa SJ, Strader C, Tibyehabwa L, Troxel A, Varallo J, Wurdeman T, Zurakowski D. Improving surgical quality in low-income and middle-income countries: why do some health facilities perform better than others? BMJ Qual Saf. 2021 Feb 05. PMID: 33547219.
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  8. Yates EF, Bowder AN, Roa L, Velin L, Goodman AS, Nguyen LL, McClain CD, Meara JG, Cooper Z. Empowering Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, and Obstetricians to Incorporate Environmental Sustainability in the Operating Room. Ann Surg. 2021 Jan 15. PMID: 33630452.
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  9. Bari S, Incorvia J, Iverson KR, Bekele A, Garringer K, Ahearn O, Drown L, Emiru AA, Burssa D, Workineh S, Sheferaw ED, Meara JG, Beyene A. Surgical data strengthening in Ethiopia: results of a Kirkpatrick framework evaluation of a data quality intervention. Glob Health Action. 2021 Jan 01; 14(1):1855808. PMID: 33357164.
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  10. Reddy CL, Vervoort D, Meara JG, Atun R. Surgery and universal health coverage: Designing an essential package for surgical care expansion and scale-up. J Glob Health. 2020 Dec; 10(2):020341. PMID: 33110540.
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  11. Fowler Z, Moeller E, Roa L, Castañeda-Alcántara ID, Uribe-Leitz T, Meara JG, Cervantes-Trejo A. Projected impact of COVID-19 mitigation strategies on hospital services in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area. PLoS One. 2020; 15(11):e0241954. PMID: 33166336.
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  12. Roa L, Moeller E, Fowler Z, Vaz Ferreira R, Mohar S, Uribe-Leitz T, Guilloux AGA, Mohar A, Riviello R, Meara JG, Souza JEDS, Macias V. Assessment of diagnostics capacity in hospitals providing surgical care in two Latin American states. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Dec; 29-30:100620. PMID: 33437947.
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  13. Wurdeman T, Menon G, Meara JG, Alkire BC. A country-level comparison of access to quality surgical and non-surgical healthcare from 1990-2016. PLoS One. 2020; 15(11):e0241669. PMID: 33141856.
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  14. Roa L, Velin L, Tudravu J, McClain CD, Bernstein A, Meara JG. Climate change: challenges and opportunities to scale up surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care globally. Lancet Planet Health. 2020 11; 4(11):e538-e543. PMID: 33159881.
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  15. Wurdeman T, Strader C, Alidina S, Barash D, Citron I, Kapologwe N, Maina E, Massaga F, Mazhiqi A, Meara JG, Menon G, Reynolds C, Sydlowski M, Varallo J, Maongezi S, Ulisubisya M. In-Hospital Postoperative Mortality Rates for Selected Procedures in Tanzania's Lake Zone. World J Surg. 2021 Jan; 45(1):41-49. PMID: 32995932.
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  16. Dagi LR, Rogers GF, Proctor MR, Meara JG. Age at Craniosynostosis Surgery and Its Impact on Ophthalmologic Diagnoses: A Single-Center Retrospective Review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 09; 146(3):375e-376e. PMID: 32472907.
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  17. Iverson KR, Svensson E, Sonderman K, Barthélemy EJ, Citron I, Vaughan KA, Powell BL, Meara JG, Shrime MG. The Optimal Distribution of Surgery in Low- and MiddleIncome Countries: A Proposed Matrix for Determining Country-Level Organization of Surgical Services - A Response to the Recent Commentaries. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2020 Sep 01. PMID: 32892522.
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  18. Lin Y, Raykar NP, Saluja S, Mukhopadhyay S, Sharma S, Frett B, Enumah S, Iverson KR, Johnson W, Meara JG, Shrime MG. Identifying essential components of surgical care delivery through quality improvement: An updated surgical assessment tool. Int J Surg. 2020 Oct; 82:103-107. PMID: 32810595.
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  19. Jumbam DT, Reddy CL, Makasa E, Boatin AA, Rogo K, Chu KM, Nangombe B, Oladapo OT, Meara JG, Maswime S. Investing in surgery: a value proposition for African leaders. Lancet. 2020 07 04; 396(10243):7-9. PMID: 32622399.
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  20. Goobie SM, Staffa SJ, Meara JG, Proctor MR, Tumolo M, Cangemi G, Disma N. High-dose versus low-dose tranexamic acid for paediatric craniosynostosis surgery: a double-blind randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. Br J Anaesth. 2020 09; 125(3):336-345. PMID: 32620262.
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  21. Meara JG, Hughes CD, Sanchez K, Catallozzi L, Clark R, Kummer AW. Optimal Outcomes Reporting (OOR): A New Value-Based Metric for Outcome Reporting Following Cleft Palate Repair. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2021 01; 58(1):19-24. PMID: 32551851.
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  22. Reddy CL, Peters AW, Jumbam DT, Caddell L, Alkire BC, Meara JG, Atun R. Innovative financing to fund surgical systems and expand surgical care in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 06; 5(6). PMID: 32546586.
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  23. Reddy CL, Patterson RH, Wasserman I, Meara JG, Afshar S. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: An Opportunity to Improve Surgical Care and Advance Sustainable Development Globally. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Aug; 32(3):339-354. PMID: 32482559.
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  24. Nagra S, Kaur B, Singh S, Tangi V, Mccaig E, Stupart D, Moore EM, Meara JG, Guest GD, Watters DA. How will increasing surgical volume affect mortality in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste? ANZ J Surg. 2020 10; 90(10):1915-1919. PMID: 32419325.
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  25. Rose J, Long C, Meara JG. Comment on "Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems": An Opportunity for Global Surgery to Advance Global Health. Ann Surg. 2020 May 01. PMID: 32404667.
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  26. Søreide K, Hallet J, Matthews JB, Schnitzbauer AA, Line PD, Lai PBS, Otero J, Callegaro D, Warner SG, Baxter NN, Teh CSC, Ng-Kamstra J, Meara JG, Hagander L, Lorenzon L. Immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of surgical services. Br J Surg. 2020 Sep; 107(10):1250-1261. PMID: 32350857.
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  27. Rattani A, Riordan CP, Meara JG, Proctor MR. Comparative analysis of cranial vault remodeling versus endoscopic suturectomy in the treatment of unilateral lambdoid craniosynostosis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 Apr 17; 1-8. PMID: 32302983.
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  28. Daniels KM, Riesel JN, Verguet S, Meara JG, Shrime MG. The Scale-Up of the Global Surgical Workforce: Can Estimates be Achieved by 2030? World J Surg. 2020 04; 44(4):1053-1061. PMID: 31858180.
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  29. Peters AW, Roa L, Rwamasirabo E, Ameh E, Ulisubisya MM, Samad L, Makasa EM, Meara JG. National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plans Supporting the Vision of Universal Health Coverage. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 03 30; 8(1):1-9. PMID: 32234839.
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  30. Iverson KR, Ahearn O, Citron I, Garringer K, Mukhodpadhyay S, Teshome A, Bekele A, Workneh S, Workneh RS, Zemenfeskudus S, Gultie T, Varghese A, Shrime MG, Meara JG, Burssa D. Development of a surgical assessment tool for national policy monitoring & evaluation in Ethiopia: A quality improvement study. Int J Surg. 2020 Aug; 80:231-240. PMID: 32198096.
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  31. Kapologwe NA, Meara JG, Kengia JT, Sonda Y, Gwajima D, Alidina S, Kalolo A. Development and upgrading of public primary healthcare facilities with essential surgical services infrastructure: a strategy towards achieving universal health coverage in Tanzania. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 17; 20(1):218. PMID: 32183797.
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  32. Saluja S, Rudolfson N, Massenburg BB, Meara JG, Shrime MG. The impact of physician migration on mortality in low and middle-income countries: an economic modelling study. BMJ Glob Health. 2020; 5(1):e001535. PMID: 32133161.
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  33. Truché P, Shoman H, Reddy CL, Jumbam DT, Ashby J, Mazhiqi A, Wurdeman T, Ameh EA, Smith M, Lugazia E, Makasa E, Park KB, Meara JG. Globalization of national surgical, obstetric and anesthesia plans: the critical link between health policy and action in global surgery. Global Health. 2020 01 02; 16(1):1. PMID: 31898532.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Santhirapala V, Peden CJ, Meara JG, Biccard BM, Gelb AW, Johnson WD, Lipnick MS, Makasa EM, Martin J, Maswime S, Mellin-Olsen J, McClain CD. Towards high-quality peri-operative care: a global perspective. Anaesthesia. 2020 01; 75 Suppl 1:e18-e27. PMID: 31903566.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Proctor MR, Meara JG. A review of the management of single-suture craniosynostosis, past, present, and future. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 12 01; 24(6):622-631. PMID: 31786542.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Reddy CL, Mitra S, Meara JG, Atun R, Afshar S. Artificial Intelligence and its role in surgical care in low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet Digit Health. 2019 12; 1(8):e384-e386. PMID: 33323217.
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  37. Riordan CP, Zurakowski D, Meier PM, Alexopoulos G, Meara JG, Proctor MR, Goobie SM. Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery for Infantile Craniosynostosis: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2020 01; 216:142-149.e2. PMID: 31685225.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Reddy CL, Patterson RH, Caddell L, Gelb AW, Jumbam DT, Romanzi L, Wasserman I, Meara JG. Correction to: Global surgery and the World Health Organization: indispensable partners to achieve triple billion goals. Can J Anaesth. 2019 Nov; 66(11):1425-1426. PMID: 31414380.
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  39. Al-Shammari I, Roa L, Yorlets RR, Akerman C, Dekker A, Kelley T, Koech R, Mutuku J, Nyarango R, Nzorubara D, Spieker N, Vaidya M, Meara JG, Ljungman D. Implementation of an international standardized set of outcome indicators in pregnancy and childbirth in Kenya: Utilizing mobile technology to collect patient-reported outcomes. PLoS One. 2019; 14(10):e0222978. PMID: 31618249.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Alidina S, Kuchukhidze S, Menon G, Citron I, Lama TN, Meara J, Barash D, Hellar A, Kapologwe NA, Maina E, Reynolds C, Staffa SJ, Troxel A, Varghese A, Zurakowski D, Ulisubisya M, Maongezi S. Effectiveness of a multicomponent safe surgery intervention on improving surgical quality in Tanzania's Lake Zone: protocol for a quasi-experimental study. BMJ Open. 2019 10 07; 9(10):e031800. PMID: 31594896.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  41. Reddy CL, Caddell L, Gelb AW, Jumbam DT, Patterson RH, Romanzi L, Meara JG. In reply: Clarifying surgery and anesthesia partnerships in response to global surgery and the World Health Organization. Can J Anaesth. 2020 01; 67(1):148-149. PMID: 31556007.
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  42. Koch R, Meara JG, Wall AE. How Should We Decide Whether and When Some Care Is Better Than No Care? AMA J Ethics. 2019 09 01; 21(9):E729-734. PMID: 31550219.
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  43. Iverson KR, Svensson E, Sonderman K, Barthélemy EJ, Citron I, Vaughan KA, Powell BL, Meara JG, Shrime MG. Decentralization and Regionalization of Surgical Care: A Review of Evidence for the Optimal Distribution of Surgical Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2019 09 01; 8(9):521-537. PMID: 31657175.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Reddy CL, Makasa EM, Biccard B, Smith M, Steyn E, Fieggen G, Maswime S, Meara JG, Chu K. Surgery as a component of universal healthcare: Where is South Africa? S Afr Med J. 2019 08 28; 109(9):624-625. PMID: 31635583.
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  45. Jumbam DT, Reddy CL, Roa L, Meara JG. How much does it cost to scale up surgical systems in low-income and middle-income countries? BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(4):e001779. PMID: 31478016.
    Citations: 2     
  46. Felizaire MR, Paradis T, Beckett A, Fata P, Grushka J, Johnson W, Khwaja K, Meara JG, Ndayisaba G, Prakash I, Razek T, Somprasong T, Wong E, Yohannan P, Deckelbaum DL. Perioperative Mortality Rates as a Health Metric for Acute Abdominal Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Future Recommendations. World J Surg. 2019 08; 43(8):1880-1889. PMID: 30953195.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Sonderman KA, Citron I, Mukhopadhyay S, Albutt K, Taylor K, Jumbam D, Iverson KR, Nthele M, Bekele A, Rwamasirabo E, Maongezi S, Steer ML, Riviello R, Johnson W, Meara JG. Framework for developing a national surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia plan. BJS Open. 2019 10; 3(5):722-732. PMID: 31592517.
    Citations: 4     Translation:Humans