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’s primary research interest is in robust and integrated planning for large-scale systems, predominantly in healthcare and aviation applications. She also collaborates on projects in satellite communications, robust network design for power systems, and related applications.
Joseph DeRosier PE, CSP, Program Manager
Joe has been involved in the development and use of checklists since 1991 to improve and aid workflow processes. These checklists have been used throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration 152 hospitals and he also has experience in developing and deploying complex analysis systems including Root Cause Analysis and the VA’s Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis System.
Brandon Pitts, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Brandon Pitts, is a winter 2016 PhD graduate of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE). He is assisting with the Providing Healthcare through Systems Engineering seminar series, working on the surgical instruments project, working with medical collaborators, and mentoring CHEPS students.
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.
Gabriel Zayas-Caban, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Gabriel graduated from Cornell with a PhD from the Center for Applied Mathematics. He has been awarded the 2013 Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Graduate Student Award from Cornell’s Diversity Program in Engineering; Cornell/Sloan Fellowship, 2011-2014; and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2011. Recent research projects include “Emergency Medical Service Allocation in response to Large Scale Events” and “Optimal Control of an Emergency Room Triage and Treatment Process.”
Gene Kim, Administrative Assistant
Gene has worked at the University for over 5 years and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at EMU.
Elizabeth Fisher, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Liz has worked in the College of Engineering since January, 2005. She is also a University of Michigan alum who graduated with a master’s from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) in 2004.