Spring 2009 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Professor Hari Balasubramanian

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biography: Dr. Hari Balasubramanian joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst in the Fall of 2008. He received a B.E. in Production Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India, in 2000, and an M.S and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. After completing his PhD, Professor Balasubramanian held a two year postdoctoral research appointment in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has published in such journals as: the International Journal of Production Research, Computers and Operations Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, the Journal of Scheduling, and the European Journal of Operational Research. His interests are in the application of quantitative models to improving health care delivery. He has worked on planning and scheduling of outpatient surgical suites; the design of primary care physician panels; improving emergency room operations; and designing screening strategies for prostate cancer.

TITLE: Healthcare Operations Research: Examples from the Mayo Clinic
Abstract: Operations research has been increasingly used in healthcare in the last decade to address cost and efficiency issues. In this talk, we discuss several healthcare operations research problems including: efficient design of primary care practices to improve timely access and patient-physician continuity; the planning and scheduling of outpatient surgical suites; and the design of screening strategies for prostate cancer. We use specific examples from the Mayo Clinic to describe these problems and present quantitative solution approaches. We also discuss the broader health policy issues that underlie some of these problems and that are part of the national debate on healthcare reform.

This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

Dr. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management,  is the Faculty Advisor of the Speaker Series.