Prakash Jaykumar

Assistant Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Prakash Jayakumar, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care and director of value based care and outcome measurement at The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School. He is also a Visiting Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University. Jayakumar came to Austin as a U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice Innovation. He is the first orthopaedic surgeon to be awarded this fellowship, which is designed to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarship, since its founding in 1997. Working at the Value Institute for Health and Care and Department of Surgery under the mentorship of Kevin Bozic, Elizabeth Teisberg, David Ring and Tom Lee, he investigated integrated care delivery models in learning health systems across the U.S. and a comprehensive range of outcomes and costs in institutions, including the musculoskeletal integrated practice units at UT Health Austin.

Prior to Dell Med, Jayakumar was an orthopaedic surgeon on the prestigious Percivall Pott Orthopaedic Program in London and completed fellowships in orthopaedic trauma and upper extremity surgery in the U.K., Austria, Switzerland and U.S. Following scholarships from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital studying principles of health outcome measurement, he completed a prize-winning Ph.D. (D.Phil.) at Balliol College, University of Oxford in outcome measurement and explored PROs as predictors of health and patient engagement in orthopaedics.

Jayakumar has trained at Harvard and INSEAD business schools in value-based care and innovation and the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in health care design. He has been a consultant for global medical device companies in health technologies, outcome measurement and high-value care. Jayakumar received his medical degree with honors from Kings College London and a first-class Bachelor of Science in orthopaedic sciences with the Scales Medal from University College London. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Prakash is currently a principal investigator in a five-year global project on patient outcomes following injury, funded by the A.O. Foundation in Switzerland, and principal investigator in a project investigating the outcomes of comprehensive models of osteoarthritis care. He is also leading a collaboration with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy involved in advancing the next generation of high value, outcomes-driven condition-based alternative payment models.