James Bagian MD, PE, Director
Jim is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety and is a Professor in the Medical School and the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Previously, he served as the first Director of the VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) and the first Chief Patient Safety Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1999 to 2010 where he developed numerous patient safety related tools and programs that have been adopted nationally and internationally.
Amy Cohn PhD, Associate Director
Amy Ellen Mainville Cohn is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she also holds an appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. Dr. Cohn is the Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS). She serves on the leadership teams of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the Precision Health Initiative. She holds an A.B. in applied mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her primary research interests are in applications of combinatorial optimization, particularly to healthcare and aviation, and to the challenges of optimization problems with multiple objective criteria. She values teaching, mentoring, having a positive impact on society through her work, and helping to foster a vibrant, diverse, nurturing community. She and her husband Jonathan are the proud parents of two sons, Tommy and Peter.
Elizabeth Fisher, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Liz has worked in the College of Engineering since January, 2005 and has been with CHEPS since 2013. She is also a University of Michigan alum.
Gene Kim, Administrative Assistant
Gene has worked at the University for over 5 years and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at EMU.
William Pozehl, Research Area Specialist
William graduated with a HEPS master’s in December 2014. He is currently working on the Cardio Thoracic Transplant Training Simulation and University of Colorado Block Scheduling projects. His recent presentations include “Block Scheduling for a Surgical Residency Program” at INFORMS 2014 and a poster titled “Use of Simulation to Assess Surgical Training Opportunities” at the 2014 Symposium on Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety.