Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a joint appointments at the NYU Langone Health School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Civil and Urban Engineering.
Her research utilizes life cycle assessment (LCA) and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of medical systems, hospital design, healthcare practice, and medical technologies.
As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Dr. Thiel calculated the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India, finding that Aravind’s carbon footprint for phacoemulsification was 5% of the same surgery done in the United Kingdom. Cassandra has since worked with ophthalmologists at NYU Langone Health and through the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to establish tools for baseline LCAs of global cataract surgeries and to measure the cost and environmental footprint of unused pharmaceuticals wasted during phacoemulsification in the US. Cassandra works in multiple specialty areas, including inpatient departments, radiology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and obstetrics/gynecology to provide data-driven solutions for greening medical practice and policies.
She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and BS from Michigan Technological University, both in Civil Engineering. Her graduate training was supported by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) where she also worked on green building design and construction.
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.
Anthony Chua, Ruhana Amin, Jinchun Zhang, Cassandra L Thiel, and Jonathan S Gross.The environmental impact of interventional radiology: An evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from an academic interventional radiology practice.
.Waste generation and carbon emissions of a hospital kitchen in the US: Potential for waste diversion and carbon reductions.
Cassandra Thiel, Andy Cassels-Brown, Hena Goel, Rachel Stancliffe, Ingeborg Steinbach, Peter Thomas, and Jorge Vendries.Utilizing off-the-shelf LCA methods to develop a ‘triple bottom line’ auditing tool for global cataract surgical services.
Cassandra Thiel.The future when we don't do enough.
.Quantification of the Cost and Potential Environmental Effects of Unused Pharmaceutical Products in Cataract Surgery.
Cimprich, A., Santillán-Saldivar, J., Thiel, C. L., Sonnemann, G., & Young, S. B..Potential for industrial ecology to support healthcare sustainability: scoping review of a fragmented literature and conceptual framework for future research.
Sathvik Namburar, Manju Pillai, George Varghese, Cassandra Lee Thiel, Alan L. Robin.Waste generated during glaucoma surgery: A comparison of two global facilities.
W. O. Collinge, Harold J. Rickenbacker, A. E. Landis, Cassandra Lee Thiel, M. M. Bilec.Dynamic Life Cycle Assessments of a Conventional Green Building and a Net Zero Energy Building: Exploration of Static, Dynamic, Attributional, and Consequential Electricity Grid Models.
Cassandra Lee Thiel, Dan Morris, Andy Cassels-Brown, John Somner, Peter Thomas.We must continue testing delivery models to create more efficient surgical care.
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.
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.
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.
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..
. K01 proposal to AHRQ for monitoring surgical waste in orthopedic operating rooms.
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.
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?.
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.