Seminars at the ITA

Seminars are typically scheduled on Tuesdays.

June 14, 2022

Can Public Reporting Cure Healthcare?

Dr. Soroush Saghafian, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also serves as a faculty affiliate for the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Health Policy, the Harvard Center for Health Decision Science, the Harvard Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG), the Harvard Data Science Initiative, the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and is an associate faculty member at the Harvard Ariadne Labs (Health Systems Innovation). He is an expert in healthcare operations management and has been collaborating with a variety of hospitals including the Mayo Clinic and Mass General Hospital (MGH) to improve their operational efficiency, patient flow, medical decision-making, and more broadly, healthcare delivery policies.

March 15, 2022

Deep learning and breast cancer: AI for good

Constance “Connie” Lehman, MD, PhD is a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and a Senior Advisor, Artificial Intelligence Applications for Oncologic Imaging. For six years, she served as Director of Breast Imaging, and Co-Director of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Lehman received her undergraduate education at Duke University and her MD and PhD at Yale University. Dr. Lehman serves/has served on several key national committees including the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee and the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Committee on Breast Imaging for Appropriateness Criteria and Guidelines.

February 8, 2022

Prominent spatiotemporal patterns of COVID-19 case incidence in the US

Dr. Hawre Jalal is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on using mathematical modeling, cost-effective analyses and data-analytic approaches to address health policy and resource allocation questions. Current research involves modeling COVID-19 seasonality, the opioid-epidemic, and research in disability and aging. Dr. Jalal’s methodological interests involve value of information analysis, Bayesian calibration, and communicating uncertainty to decision-makers

Nov 9, 2021

It’s the Prices, Stupid: Evolution of Health Technology Assessment in the U.S. and Impact on Pricing

Dan Ollendorf, PhD is Director of Value Measurement and Global Health Initiatives at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts University Medical Center, as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in health technology assessment (HTA), Dan’s research interests include expanding the use of HTA and economic evaluation in low- and middle-income settings (particularly rapidly-growing economies), as well as refinement and use of value assessment tools in the US and other high-income settings.

Dan will discuss excerpts from his book, The Right Price, A Value-Based Prescription for Drug Costs co-authored with Peter J. Neumann and Joshua T. Cohen. The talk will center around the tortured path toward value-based pricing of drugs in the US and his thoughts on what the future holds.

Sept 14, 2021

Modeling Infectious Diseases: Projecting Spread, Evaluating Interventions, and Resource Allocation

Pinar Keskinocak, PhD is the William W. George Chair and Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the co-founder and Director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech. She also serves as the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor at Georgia Tech.

Overview: Our research team at Georgia Tech has worked on modeling a number of infectious diseases over the years, including pandemic flu, cholera, malaria, polio, Guinea worm, and Covid-19. We utilized different modeling approaches, such as SEIR, agent-based, or integer programming, depending on the research questions or decision-support needs in practice. This presentation will provide an overview of some of our work in infectious disease modeling, and briefly discuss some dashboards we developed.

Past Seminars at the ITA