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Research Spotlight: Lean and Healthcare

Professor Edward Anderson is currently researching the application of Lean production management in Healthcare and whether - and how - it can be applied to both improve quality and reduce waste, as it was designed to do in other services like car manufacturing. Prior to getting his Ph.D. from MIT, Professor Anderson was a product design engineer for Ford Motor Co., from which he holds six patents. He's been involved in healthcare research for nearly 10 years.

So, what is Lean? Lean was coined by MIT researchers in the early 1990s to describe the production system developed by Japanese automotive manufacturers, particularly Toyota. It is now considered the gold-standard in manufacturing.

There have been many attempts to implement Lean ideas of management and process improvement in healthcare, but to date these efforts have been limited and difficult to scale. It's sort of like trying to cross the Himalayas on the wrong kind of camel. 

Lean Production Management is great for manufacturing - and not just automobiles. But what happens when you try to directly apply what works great in manufacturing to healthcare? Think of healthcare as the Himalayas.


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Healthcare Research Faculty

We are building healthcare research relationships and projects within the McCombs School of Business, the Dell Medical School, and across and beyond the UT campus, focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and information. Here are the faculty at McCombs currently engaged in research in and around healthcare. 


Edward Anderson, Ph.D., Director

Edward Anderson, Ph.D.

Director, Healthcare@McCombs

Professor, Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Ethan Burris

Ethan Burris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Management

Associate Professor of Medical Education, Dell Medical School

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Paul Damien, Ph.D.

Paul Damien, Ph.D.


Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Kishore Gawande

Kishore Gawande, Ph.D.

Century Club Professor

Business, Government and Society

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Diwakar Gupta, Ph.D.

Diwakar Gupta, Ph.D.


Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Joe Hahn

Joe Hahn, Ph.D., P.E.

Clinical Associate Professor


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Sirkka Jarvenpaa

Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Ph.D.


Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Stephen Limberg, Ph.D., Department of Accounting

Stephen Limberg, Ph.D.

Assoc. Dean for Graduate Programs

Professor and PricewaterhouseCoopers Centennial Professor, Accounting

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Douglas Morrice

Douglas Morrice, Ph.D.


Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Kumar Muthuraman, Ph.D.

Kumar Muthuraman, Ph.D.


Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Shefali Patil, Ph.D.

Shefali Patil

Assistant Professor


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James Scott

James Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Information, Risk, and Operations Management

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Elizabeth Teisberg

Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Value Institute for Health and Care

Professor, Dell Medical School & McCombs Business, Government, and Society

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Thaleia Zariphopoulou, Ph.D.

Thaleia Zariphopoulou, Ph.D.

Chair, Mathematics

V. F. Neuhaus Centennial Professor, Finance

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