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Asad Latif, M.B.B.S.

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  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu


Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Research Interests

Utility of telemedicine in intensive care units; Evaluation and prevention of healthcare errors; Patient safety and quality improvement more

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Dr. Asad Latif is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and international health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include anesthesiology, critical care medicine, transplant surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Latif is a faculty member in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Adult Critical Care Fellowship Program in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

Traveling around the world while growing up, he attended medical school at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. After starting out in surgery, he completed his residency in anesthesiology with the State University of New York in Brooklyn and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins. He has been serving on the Johns Hopkins faculty since completing his clinical training in 2008. He subsequently obtained an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on health systems and international health.

Dr. Latif's research interests include patient safety and quality improvement, with an emphasis on preventing hospital-acquired infections and improving health systems; the evaluation and prevention of healthcare errors; and the utility of telemedicine in intensive care units.

Dr. Latif was awarded a Faculty Pilot Grant in Global Health from the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health in 2010. more


  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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Centers & Institutes



  • MBBS, Aga Khan Medical College Aga Khan University (2001)


  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Anesthesiology (2005)
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine / Anesthesiology (2007)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Critical Care Medicine (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2008)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Critical Care Medicine (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Latif’s research interests lie in patient safety and quality improvement. His emphasis is preventing hospital-acquired infections and improving health systems, particularly in developing countries.

He is currently leading projects in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates that look at implementing a comprehensive patient safety-oriented approach to evaluate and address infections in their intensive care units. He is also working on integrating mobile technologies to improve patient safety in developing country settings.

Additionally, Dr. Latif works with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Bloomberg School of Public Health on the evaluation and development of trauma care systems in developing countries. He is leading their efforts in developing a multi-national burn registry across collaborating institutions in the South Asia region, focusing on the accurate assessment of local epidemiology, assessment of existing infrastructure and exploring potential cross-cutting issues.

Other research interests include the valuation and prevention of healthcare errors and the utility of telemedicine in intensive care units.

Selected Publications

  1. Kruer RM, Jarrell AS, Latif A. "Reducing medication errors in critical care: a multimodal approach." Clin Pharmacol. 2014 Sep 1;6:117-26. doi: 10.2147/CPAA.S48530. eCollection 2014. Review.
  2. Latif A, Holzmueller CG, Pronovost PJ. "Evaluating safety initiatives in healthcare." Curr Anesthesiol Rep. 2014 Jun;4(2):100-106.
  3. Hashmi ZG, Schneider EB, Castillo R, Haut ER, Zafar SN, Cornwell EE 3rd, Mackenzie EJ, Latif A, Haider AH. "Benchmarking trauma centers on mortality alone does not reflect quality of care: implications for pay-for-performance." J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 May;76(5):1184-91. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000215.
  4. Hashmi ZG, Haider AH, Zafar SN, Kisat M, Moosa A, Siddiqui F, Pardhan A, Latif A, Zafar H. "Hospital-based trauma quality improvement initiatives: first step toward improving trauma outcomes in the developing world." J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul;75(1):60-8; discussion 68. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31829880a0.
  5. Kisat M, Villegas CV, Onguti S, Zafar SN, Latif A, Efron DT, Haut ER, Schneider EB, Lipsett PA, Zafar H, Haider AH. "Predictors of sepsis in moderately severely injured patients: an analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank." Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2013 Feb;14(1):62-8. doi: 10.1089/sur.2012.009. Epub 2013 Mar 5.

Activities & Honors


  • Faculty Pilot Grant in Global Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2010
  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2008 - 2011
  • Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellowship Outstanding Dedication to Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008

Professional Activities

  • Adult Perioperative Prep and PACU Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2011
  • Composite Tissue Allo-transplantation Group, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2011
  • Pain Task Force, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008
  • Sepsis in Under-resourced Regions Task Force, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014
  • Surgical Site Infection Control Initiative, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2010
  • Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Cell Auto-transplantation Program, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2011

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Patients rarely told about medication errors,” Reuters, January 11, 2013

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