Cassandra Thiel

Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner; Assistant Professor, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Cassandra Thiel

Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a joint appointment at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health.

Her research focuses on systematically measuring and analyzing environmental inefficiencies in medical services and built infrastructures in order to optimize these systems. Specifically, she utilizes sustainable engineering tools, such as life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology, to improve hospitals, healthcare delivery, and medical waste streams.

As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, she formed collaborative partnerships with ophthalmologists at Aravind Eye Hospitals in India, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. While in India, she conducted a cost and life cycle assessment of high-volume cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Hospitals. Dr. Thiel’s experience at Aravind led to a postdoctoral position at the University of Pittsburgh conducting and comparing environmental and cost assessments of cataract surgeries in the US and India, where she built on the results of that study to recommend policy changes regarding material use in US ophthalmic surgery. Additionally, she is partnered with orthopedic surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh to run the first clinical trials of environmental interventions to reduce waste in hand surgery.

Dr. Casandra Thiel has a PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Sustainable Healthcare and Green Buildings, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Operations management specifically involves the analysis, design, operation, and improvement of the systems and processes that deliver goods or services and ultimately outputs and outcomes. It is required to achieve the organization’s mission, provide value to the organization’s many stakeholders, and effectively translate policy into action. As such, operations management plays an important part of being an effective manager and policy implementer. In this course, we will develop a lens to perceive processes and systems in a variety of contexts along with an analytical toolbox to examine and understand these. Students will learn how to build basic operations models in Excel to make effective, evidence-based managerial, design, and policy decisions as well as gain defined analytical skills that lend themselves to roles in operations, management, hospital management, policy implementation, human services, consulting, and much more.

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This 7-week short course provides a general introduction to environmental sustainability and touches on the science, concepts, and strategies used to “green” businesses, organizations, and individuals’ lifestyles. Modern consumers are demanding sustainability from organizations where they utilize or buy goods and services and in which they invest. Modern management and policy leaders, then, need to know what environmental sustainability is and which tools are available to improve the footprint of their organizations and businesses. 

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This 7-week short course provides a general introduction to environmental sustainability and touches on the science, concepts, and strategies used to “green” businesses, organizations, and individuals’ lifestyles. Modern consumers are demanding sustainability from organizations where they utilize or buy goods and services and in which they invest. Modern management and policy leaders, then, need to know what environmental sustainability is and which tools are available to improve the footprint of their organizations and businesses. 

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Operations management specifically involves the analysis, design, operation, and improvement of the systems and processes that deliver goods or services and ultimately outputs and outcomes. It is required to achieve the organization’s mission, provide value to the organization’s many stakeholders, and effectively translate policy into action. As such, operations management plays an important part of being an effective manager and policy implementer. In this course, we will develop a lens to perceive processes and systems in a variety of contexts along with an analytical toolbox to examine and understand these. Students will learn how to build basic operations models in Excel to make effective, evidence-based managerial, design, and policy decisions as well as gain defined analytical skills that lend themselves to roles in operations, management, hospital management, policy implementation, human services, consulting, and much more.

Download Syllabus

Operations management specifically involves the analysis, design, operation, and improvement of the systems and processes that deliver goods or services and ultimately outputs and outcomes. It is required to achieve the organization’s mission, provide value to the organization’s many stakeholders, and effectively translate policy into action. As such, operations management plays an important part of being an effective manager and policy implementer. In this course, we will develop a lens to perceive processes and systems in a variety of contexts along with an analytical toolbox to examine and understand these. Students will learn how to build basic operations models in Excel to make effective, evidence-based managerial, design, and policy decisions as well as gain defined analytical skills that lend themselves to roles in operations, management, hospital management, policy implementation, human services, consulting, and much more.

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2018

Cassandra Thiel, Noe C. Woods, Melissa M. Bilec. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Operating Room: Interventions to Current Approaches to Hysterectomy.. Thiel, C., Bilec, M., Woods, N. (2018) “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Operating Room: Interventions to Current Approaches to Hysterectomy.” American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). 108(S2), S158-S164. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2018.304397.
Cassandra Lee Thiel, Dan Morris, Andy Cassels-Brown, John Somner, Peter Thomas. We must continue testing delivery models to create more efficient surgical care.

2017

. K01 proposal to AHRQ for monitoring surgical waste in orthopedic operating rooms.
Under Review
N. Campion, Cassandra Lee Thiel, M. Bilec. Advancing the US Building Industry: A Framework Aligning Life Cycle Assessment and Integrated Project Delivery.
Cassandra Lee Thiel, Paula Duncan, Noe C. Woods. Attitude of US obstetricians and gynaecologists to global warming and medical waste. Vol. 22. pp. 162-167.
S. Unger, T. Hottle, S. Hobbs, Cassandra Lee Thiel, al et. Do single-use medical devices containing biopolymers reduce the environmental impacts of surgical procedures compared with their plastic equivalents?.
Thiel, C.*, Ravindran, R. D., Venkatesh, R., Robin, A., Schuman, J.. Environmental Sustainability and Cataract Surgeries: Life Cycle Assessment and Waste Generation of Phacoemulsification at Aravind Eye Care System. American Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JCRS), 43 (December 2017), pp. 1391-1398.
Vaclav Hasik, Naomi E. Anderson, W. O. Collinge, Cassandra Lee Thiel, Vikas Khanna, Jason Wirick, Richard Piacentini, A. E. Landis, M. M. Bilec. Evaluating the Life Cycle Environmental Benefits and Trade-Offs of Water Reuse Systems for Net-Zero Buildings. Vol. 51. pp. 1110-1119.
Cassandra Lee Thiel, P. Duncan, N. Woods. Global Warming and Medical Waste: A Survey of ObGyn Physicians Attitudes at a United States Medical Center.
Z. J. Grabowski, A. M. Matsler, Cassandra Lee Thiel, L. McPhillips, R. Hum, A. Bradshaw, T. Miller, C. Redman. Infrastructures as socio-eco-technical systems: Five considerations for interdisciplinary dialogue. Vol. 23.
Thiel, C.*, Fiorin Carvalho, R., Hess, L., Tighe, J., Bilec, M., Baratz, M.. Minimal Custom Pack Design and Wide-Awake Hand Surgery: Reducing Waste and Spending in the Orthopedic Operating Room.. Hand (AAHS), I(7) (December 2017), pp. 1-7.