Ebru K. Bish

Associate Professor

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Short Bio

Dr. Bish’s research interests focus on stochastic modeling and optimization, with applications in medical decision-making, health policy, and healthcare operations; supply chain management, and logistics. She is the recipient of the INFORMS Pierskalla award for the best paper in healthcare; and the INFORMS JFIG best paper award. Dr. Bish has published in Operations Research, Management Science, IIE Transactions, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Naval Research Logistics, EJOR, Annals of OR, among others, as well as several health systems journals. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), VT-Carilion Research Institute, and the Carilion Clinic RAP program, among others.  She teaches courses on healthcare operations management, and supply chain management and logistics.

Research Areas

Main Area: Operations Research

Stochastic modeling and optimization, with applications in medical decision-making, health policy, and healthcare operations; supply chain management

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern University
    (Ph.D. Advisor: David Simchi-Levi)
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University
  • Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006 - present
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1999 - 2006

(Past three years; student authors marked by *)

Slonim A.D., Bish, E.K., Steighner, L.A., Zeng*, X., Crossno, R., Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Final Report (Prepared by the American Institutes of Research under Contract No. 290-06-00019i-12). Rockville: AHRQ Publication; March 2012.

  • Optimal blood screening strategies for infectious agents: Mathematical models and decision support tools, National Science Foundation (PI).
  • Proactive Risk Assessment in Ambulatory Surgery Centers, AHRQ Task Order #25 (Co-PI, in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research)
  • Developing Context Specific ST-PRA Models to Improve Patient Safety in Hospitalized Patients, The Carilion Clinic, RAP Program (Co-PI).
  • Applying and Validating Sophisticated Industrial Techniques to Improve Healthcare Quality in the Emergency Department, VT-Carilion Research Institute (Co-PI).
  • ISE 5994:  Healthcare Operations Management
  • ISE 6444:  Inventory and Operations Management
  • ISE 4424:  Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • ISE 3414:  Probabilistic Operations Research
  • Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Health Applications Society (HAS), INFORMS Subdivision
  • Public Sector Operations Research, INFORMS Section

Ebru K. Bish

Ebru K. Bish
Ebru K. Bish
  • (540) 231-7099
  • ebru@vt.edu
  • 213 Durham Hall
    (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061