William A. Abdu, MD, MS
William Abdu, MD, MS is the Medical Director of The Spine Center, a member of the Clinical Practice Committee, and has been a member of the DHMC Board of Governors since 2009. Dr. Abdu completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Boston University and his medical degree at Tufts University in 1985. His internship and orthopaedic training were completed at DHMC in 1990. This was followed by a fellowship in spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1991, Dr. Abdu returned to DHMC where he practices as a division leader and spine surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedics.
Dr. Abdu's research interests include the study of the burden of illness and the impact illness has on patient-reported outcomes in spine patients. He has also been active in safety and quality initiatives, resident education, Shared Decision Making and informatics. Dr. Abdu was one of the early proponents and a champion of the electronic and wireless methods of assessing patient-reported outcomes. He is the principal investigator at DHMC for the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT), undertaken nationally to prospectively evaluate the outcomes for non-surgical and surgical treatment of common spinal conditions. Dr. Abdu was a member of the web operations committee responsible for implementation of the quality reports web page for DHMC. DHMC is a national leader in offering these quality reports of patient-reported outcomes data online for patients to access. Dr. Abdu believes that good information leads to good decisions by patients. Therefore, Shared Decision M aking is fully integrated into all aspects of spine care at DHMC. Dr. Abdu was integrally involved in the selection of Epic as D-H's enterprise-wide electronic health record which is necessary for the vision of achieving the healthiest population possible. As a member of the Informatics Committee, he was instrumental in helping to implement eD-H, the name of the new electronic medical record system.
Dr. Abdu is a Trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic.