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 work in and around healthcare.
Edward Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Information, Risk, and Operations Management
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Edward Anderson is the Mr. & Mrs. William F. Wright, Jr. Centennial Professor for the Management of Innovative Technology at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He teaches healthcare operations management, project management, operations management, and launch planning for startups. His research interests include the economics of platform industries such as smartphones or electronic health records & wearables, systems improvement in the healthcare industry, and the management of distributed innovation, particularly in the engineering and healthcare contexts.
Dr. Anderson is the Director of Healthcare@McCombs, the healthcare initiatives at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. Dr. Anderson is the co-author of two books: The Innovation Butterfly: Managing Emergent Opportunities and Disruptions Under Distributed Innovation, which describes leadership metrics, planning, and organization in the complex adaptive system that is innovation management, as well as Operations Management for Dummies. He has authored 20+ articles for research journals. He employs a mix of methodologies including computer simulation methodologies such as system dynamics and agent-based model computer simulation, optimal control and game theory, and qualitative studies.
He received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A.S. in Electrical Engineering and History from Stanford University. Prior to entering academia, he was a product design engineer at the Ford Motor company, from which he holds six U.S. and international patents.
He has won the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award from the Production and Operations Management Society. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Administration, SAP, and Hewlett-Packard and has consulted with Ford, Shell, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, and Atlantic-Richfield.
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Ethan Burris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management
Associate Professor of Medical Education, Dell Medical School
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Dr. Ethan Burris is an Associate Professor of Management and the Chevron Centennial Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics for the McCombs School. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Cornell University and has served as a Visiting Scholar at Google and Microsoft. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, people analytics, talent insights, managing power and politics, building engagement in groups and teams, social enterprise, and negotiations. The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Dr. Burris received the McCombs School Award for Research Excellence in 2017 and 2015, the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education in 2015, the Hank & Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes in 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the ING Professor of Excellence award in 2011, and the 2009 Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors. He was also named to the "Faculty Honor Roll" in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Dr. Burris’ current research focuses on understanding 1) the antecedents and consequences of employees speaking up or staying silent in organizations, 2) leadership behaviors, processes and outcomes, and 3) the effective management of conflict generated by multiple interests and perspectives. In particular, he has investigated how leaders shape employees decisions whether to speak up or stay silent, and how these voice behaviors influence the performance of the employees who offer their input and the leaders and organizations who receive it. His research has appeared in several top management and psychology journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Houston Chronicle.
Dr. Burris has collected data from and served as a consultant for a variety of professional firms, ranging from several Fortune 100 technology companies, Fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies in the casual dining and grocery industries, hospitals, a defense contracting company, a commercial real estate firm, governmental agencies, and many retail organizations.
Paul Damien, Ph.D.
Information, Risk, and Operations Management
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Paul Damien is the B.M. (Mack) Rankin Jr. Professor of Business and a Professor of Decision Science in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, McCombs School of Business, at The University of Texas at Austin. Damien is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of England. He is twice recipient of the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Research Award, and was awarded the United Kingdom Overseas Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Statistical Society of England. Damien has been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics in the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Dr. Damien consults for several companies in a variety of industries world-wide.
Dr. Damien has over 75 publications in leading international journals, and proprietary papers in industry. His book, Help!: Debunking the Outrageous Claims of Self-Help Gurus was published in September 2008. His healthcare research highlights include: Cost and quality of care for patients with chronic conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, etc.; capacity decisions for improved quality in emergency departments; assessing quality of care in minority and/or lower income populations; stochastic modeling of pandemics; modeling patient frailty in aging populations; and developing new methodologies to rank hospitals on profitability and operational excellence dimensions.
His research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics, Bayesian statistics, and applications in business, engineering, and stochastic optimization. Professor Damien has received numerous “Outstanding Teacher” nominations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he was also awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Research Award. He is also a recipient of the McCombs’s School of Business Dean’s Research Fellow.
Kishore Gawande, Ph.D.
Century Club Professor
Business, Government and Society
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Currently his research is in the areas political economy of trade agreements, the firm in political economy, causes of internal conflict, and conflict and development. His research also includes global health, such as Combating Child Malnutrition in Post-Conflict Zones: Assessing an Intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His teaching interests are in international economics and politics, development finance, and applied econometrics.
Diwakar Gupta, Ph.D.
Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management
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Diwakar Gupta is INBA-Stuart Centennial Professor of Operations Management in the IROM Department at the McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining UT at Austin in fall 2017, Diwakar held an appointment as professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.
His research focuses on healthcare delivery systems, supply chain management, and transportation systems. Diwakar’s research has been published in a variety of journals including M&SOM, Management Science, Operations Research, POM, and IIE Transactions. He has either served or serves on the editorial boards of Management Science, Service Science, M&SOM, IIE Transactions, Computers and Operations Research, and International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems. He was also the co-editor in chief of the Flexible Manufacturing and Services journal. Diwakar’s research has been funded by a variety of federal and state agencies (e.g. DHHS, NSF, AHRQ, VA, Mn/DOT, NSERC, SSHRC, and CHSRF), as well as companies. Diwakar also served as the program director for the Service, Manufacturing, and Operations Research program at the National Science Foundation (2014-16), as chair of the HOM SIG (2011-15), and as President of HAS (2014-15).
Joe Hahn, Ph.D., P.E.
Clinical Associate Professor
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Dr. Hahn is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, where he teaches courses in corporate finance and valuation. He is also Director of the Master of Science in Finance Program at McCombs. He formerly taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in management science and valuation at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he was a recipient of Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Hahn’s research areas include quantitative modeling of operational decision-making and its effect on asset value (real options), discrete-time modeling of stochastic processes, and multi-attribute decision modeling of problems in industries ranging from energy to health care.
Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Ph.D.
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Her work explores online communities (such as music remix sites like NIN.com), corporate social media platforms, and off-shoring and outsourcing within tech and engineering. She has written for the IBM Center for The Business of Government and has held visiting scholar appointments at Harvard and MIT, among many others. Her research and teaching interests include online activism, open innovation, and the strategic use of information technology.
She is currently working on medical genetic platforms with M. Lynne Markus at Bentley University.
Stephen Limberg, Ph.D.
Assoc. Dean for Graduate Programs
Professor and PricewaterhouseCoopers Centennial Professor, Accounting
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Stephen Limberg is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Texas McCombs and Professor and PricewaterhouseCoopers Centennial Professor in Accounting. He received his B.A. from Occidental College, his M.B.A. from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
His research and teaching interests focus on tax incentives. He is also interested in the measurement of value-based health care and time-driven activity based costing in healthcare.
Kristie Loescher, DBA
Curriculum Director, HII, and Asst. Director, BFP
Sr. Lecturer, Department of Management
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Prior to entering academia in 2001, Kristie spent 15 years working in hospital administration, most recently as Director of Operations for the Medical Affairs Division of the Seton Healthcare Network in Austin. In this position, Kristie was responsible for all medical quality assurance, new physician credentialing, nursing case management/utilization review, social services/discharge planning, infection control, and clinical research activities throughout Seton’s six acute care hospitals, mental health hospital, and nine ambulatory healthcare facilities. As Director of Operations, Kristie developed measurement systems for tracking appropriate utilization of acute care resources and identifying barriers to appropriate discharge, developed and implemented training programs for new staff, automated the credentialing and peer review functions, expanded services from 800 to 1600+ physician members with no increase in staff, and managed a consolidation and standardization of division services with a facility acquisition/merger. Kristie continues to consult with Seton Healthcare Network on a regular basis, particularly in the area of clinical quality improvement.
In the McCombs School, Kristie teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and health care system classes. Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, diversity management, process improvement in health care delivery systems, and health care reform. Kristie is the assistant director for the Business Foundations Summer Institute and the director of curriculum and community engagement for the McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative. She is also a co-author of the book, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed, published by Kendall Hunt in 2007 with a second edition in 2010.
Elizabeth (Liz) Moliski, Ph.D.
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Douglas Morrice, Ph.D.
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Kumar Muthuraman, Ph.D.
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Kumar Muthuraman is the H. Timothy Harkins Centennial Professor in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management and Department of Finance at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He also heads the, Center for Research and Analytics at UT. He received my Ph.D. from the computer science department at Stanford University in 2003.
His research interests are primarily in analytics and decision making. He works on several application areas including healthcare. In health care, he is specifically interested in analytics and decision making problems like scheduling, routing and risk mitigation.
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Shefali V. Patil is an Assistant Professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. She studies how employees perceived conflict with the public affects their decision making, attitudes, and performance, and how employees political ideologies shape this perceived conflict. She is currently examining these questions in the context of law enforcement. She is also interested in healthcare research.
She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor of science degree, summa cum laude, in Management and Marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
James Scott, Ph.D.
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James Scott was recently named to the Fall 2017 BBA Faculty Honor Roll.
Hüseyin Tanriverdi, Ph.D.
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Hüseyin Tanriverdi is an Associate Professor of information, Risk, and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tanriverdi has a research and teaching program that examines how organizations innovate, grow, and achieve and sustain superior financial performance. He focuses on complementary IT and business capabilities that enable firms to achieve superior financial performance in corporate diversification moves; mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and split-ups; outsourcing and off shoring initiatives; and adoption and deployment of complex IT innovations. He examines IT governance practices that reduce corporate risks, increase corporate returns, and lead to superior risk-return positions for corporations.
Dr. Tanriverdi teaches courses on strategic IT management, IT governance for enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance, and management of emerging information technologies. His publications appeared in top information systems journals such as Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly, and top management journals such as Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal.
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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Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M.
Adjunct Professor, School of Law and McCombs School of Business
Department of Business, Government, and Society
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Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M., is an attorney and founding director of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). Through Austin MLP she works collaboratively with health care providers to improve health outcomes through legal assistance and education, and law-informed clinical practice transformation.
An adjunct professor dually appointed at The University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business, Keegan also challenges students and residents to explore connections between health, poverty, and unmet legal needs. She has published articles on public health law and policy, and the use of population health norms to understand outcomes of legal interventions. Currently, Keegan is engaged in research that takes an epidemiological approach to legal interventions as a concrete means for addressing social determinants of health, and she serves on a National Academies of Medicine committee on integrated health care delivery. Keegan is admitted to practice in Texas and is a member of the State Bar College, an honorary society of the most highly trained lawyers in the state. She is a veteran of the Army National Guard and is also a member of the Order of St. Joan of Arc, the highest civilian award given by the Army Armor and Cavalry Associations. Keegan earned her LL.M. in Health Law and Policy as the inaugural Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University MLP LLM Fellow, her J.D. from The University of Texas, and her B.A. in Spanish, international relations, and Latin American studies from the University of Arkansas. In her spare time, she rows crew.
Thaleia Zariphopoulou, Ph.D.
V. F. Neuhaus Centennial Professor, Finance
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