Johns Hopkins Symposium on Healthcare Operations

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About Johns Hopkins Symposium on Healthcare Operations

Johns Hopkins University has a long tradition of applying operations research to improve health care operations. Indeed, Johns Hopkins, home to the Army Operations Research Office between 1948 and 1958, is the birthplace of the field of health care operations management in the U.S.¹

The Johns Hopkins Symposium on Healthcare Operations, started in 2016, has a dedicated theme each year and features global thought leaders from both academia and practice. Hosted by Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and supported by Johns Hopkins University’s business and medical faculty, this annual symposium aims to showcase cutting edge operations research applied to healthcare, and facilitate exchange between academics, practitioners, and policy makers in a multidisciplinary platform.

About the Inaugural JHSHO

The theme of our first symposium, held on October 1, 2016, was “When Organ Transplantation Meets Operations Research.”

Speakers included:

  • Thought leaders in operations research/management science scholars from leading institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Rice University, University of Chicago, and the Naval Academy;
  • Internationally acclaimed surgeons and medical innovators from premier academic hospitals such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, and New York University Langone Medical Center; and
  • Representatives from organ procurement, transplantation, and donation organizations.

This one-day symposium brought together leading operations scholars, policy makers, and transplant surgeons to share cutting-edge research and practice in organ donation, allocation, and transplantation.

We welcomed business, engineering, and medical school faculty, students, and researchers, as well as medical practitioners and policy makers to join us.

Learn more about our speakers.


Organizing Committee:

  • Tinglong Dai, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Sommer Gentry, Naval Academy
  • Ozge Sahin, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Dorry Segev, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Sridhar Tayur, Carnegie Mellon University

¹Flagle, Charles D. 2002. "Some origins of operations research in the health services." Operations Research 50, no. 1: 52-60


8-9 a.m.

Continental breakfast


9-9:30 a.m.

Dean Bernie Ferrari;

Vice Dean Valerie Suslow;

Co-chairs (Tinglong Dai and Ozge Sahin)

Welcome and introductions

9:30-10 a.m.

Robert Montgomery(New York University/Johns Hopkins University)

Paired kidney exchange

10-10:30 a.m.

Benjamin Philosophe (Johns Hopkins University)

Maryland aggregate pathology index: Development, validation, and future research

10:30-11 a.m.

Sridhar Tayur (Carnegie Mellon University)

MY-ATLAS: Mapping HCC tumor biology to compute equitable exception points

11-11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break


11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Andrew Schaefer (Rice University)

Mitigating information asymmetry in liver allocation

12-12:30 p.m.

John Roberts (University of California, San Francisco)

Applying algorithms to organ transplantation

12:30-1:30 p.m.



1:30-2 p.m.

Dimitris Bertsimas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Efficiency-fairness tradeoff in organ transplantation

2-2:30 p.m.

Baris Ata (University of Chicago)

OrganJet: Overcoming geographical disparities in access to deceased donor kidneys

2:30-3 p.m.

Sommer Gentry (United State Naval Academy/Johns Hopkins University)

Gerrymandering for justice: Redistricting U.S. liver allocation

3-3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break


3:30-4 p.m.

Itai Ashlagi (Stanford University)

Matching and participation in kidney exchange

4-4:30 p.m.

Charles Alexander (CEO, Living Legacy; former president of United Network for Organ Sharing)

OPO operations

4:30-5 p.m.

Pinar Keskinocak (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Assessment of risk for transplant-transmissible infectious encephalitis due to emerging pathogens among deceased liver donors

5-5:45 p.m.


Sommer Gentry (USNA/Hopkins) 

Panelists: Dimitris Bertsimas(MIT); John Roberts (UCSF); Sridhar Tayur (CMU)

Panel discussions: 

Collaborating to succeed: How to bridge academic research, policymaking, and medical practice

6-7 p.m.

Wine and Cheese