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

Hrayer Aprahamian, Sophia Ulman, and Rongxuan Wang earned Torgersen Graduate Research Awards (May 2018)

One of my former PhD. students, Dr. Nevin Mutlu, has received the prestigious Marie Curie grant (February 2018)

Dr. Ebru Bish featured as Author Spotlight for 2016 Pierskalla finalist paper (November 2017)

ISE faculty and students receive multiple awards at INFORMS Annual Meeting (October 2017)

Arash Baghaei Lakeh and Alba Rojas-Cordova win student paper awards at International System Dynamics Conference (July 2017)

Alba Rojas-Cordova wins INFORMS Minority Issues Forum Poster competition (November 2016)

Alba Rojas-Cordova received 2016 Bonder Scholarship for Applied OR in Health Services (August 2016)

Drs. Douglas and Ebru Bish received 2016 Best Applications Paper Award in IIE Transactions: Operations Engineering and Analytics (February 2016)

Hadi El-Amine was Finalist for the Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper at INFORMS 2015 (January 2016)

Hadi El-Amine is the 2015 Bonder Scholar (September 2015)

"Creating Safer Blood Products" project was published on NSF's Science, Engineering & Education (SEE) Innovation site.

Research work on safe and effective post-donation blood screening practices was featured in the October 2014 issue of Institute of Industrial Engineer’s (IIE) Industrial Engineer magazine

Research [Industrial Engineer] (October 2014)

The HHMI-funded Scieneering program celebrates its first set of graduates (May 2013)

Virginia Tech Carilion launches five new research projects (March 2009)

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