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Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-Centered Design in the Operating Room


Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC

Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research

Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC is the Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Dr. Anjali Joseph is focused on using simulation and prototyping methods to research and test effectiveness of promising design solutions that may impact patient safety in high stress healthcare environments. She has focused her research on multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety in healthcare through the development of tools and built environment solutions.
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David Allison, FAIA, FACHA

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health

David Allison FAIA, FACHA is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of Clemson’s Graduate Program in Architecture + Health. He also holds an appointment as a Faculty Scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research. His teaching, research and scholarship involves the study of relationships between health, healthcare and the built environment. His scholarly focus is centered on healthy community planning and design, design prototyping and research related to the design of healthcare environments.  
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Danielle Bowen Scheurer

Associate Professor; Chief Quality Officer

Danielle Bowen Scheurer, MD, MSCR is an adult hospitalist physician and the Chief Quality Officer for MUSC. She oversees all quality and safety initiatives for MUSC's clinical enterprise. Dr. Danielle Scheurer earned her medical degree at the University of Tennessee.  She completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University, including a year as Chief Resident in Medicine.  Dr. Scheurer initially joined the Division of General Internal Medicine faculty as an Instructor in 2003.  She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Research at MUSC and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2005.  
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Dee San, MBA, BSN, RN

Perioperative Quality and Safety Manager

Dee C. San, MBA, BSN, RN is the Perioperative Quality and Safety Manager at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she provides leadership in cultivating a high-reliability safety culture across all MUSC perioperative care sites by identifying opportunities and strategies to reduce errors, improve quality outcomes, and enhance patient safety. Dee oversees Perioperative Services quality and safety reporting, analyses, and improvement efforts; provides leadership and guidance to ensure compliance with accreditation and regulatory
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Kevin Taaffe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering

Dr. Kevin Taaffe, the Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, has 25 years of industry and academic experience. In addition to being a prominent researcher, Dr. Taaffe maintains a student and service focus. Dr. Taaffe is a past recipient of Professor of the Year in industrial engineering at Clemson, and he also serves as the advisor to Clemson’s student chapter of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). 
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Lawrence Frendendall, Ph.D.

Trevillian Distinguished Professor; Professor of Management

Dr. Lawrence Fredendall is a Trevillian Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Management in the college of Business and Behavioral Sciences at Clemson University. He is currently Clemson University’s Director of the Institute for Advancement of Healthcare (IAHC), which is a research collaboration between Clemson University and Greenville Health Systems and he is the chair of the Clemson University School of health Research (CUSHR). He served in the Provost Office of Clemson University as a Provost Fellow for 2013-2014.
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Mark Scheurer, MD

Chief Medical Officer of the Medical University of South Carolina's Children's Hospital

Dr. Scheurer is the Chief Medical Officer of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital, co-leading the schematic design and design development processes for a new tertiary and quaternary Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina that is scheduled to open in 2019. Additionally, he is co-leading the planning for a new pediatric ambulatory surgical center and office building in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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Sara Riggs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering

Dr. Sara Riggs is an assistant professor in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University. Her research to-date has focused mainly on multimodal display design – i.e. interfaces that distribute information across different sensory channels including vision, audition, and touch – to offload the overburdened visual channel in data-rich domains. One of her major contributions has been a meta-analysis which evaluated the appropriateness of using different sensory modalities/combinations as interruptions to an ongoing task (finalist for best paper published in previous year's volume in Human Factors).
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Scott Reeves, MD

Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Scott Reeves is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a position he has held for nine years. He holds the rank of Professor with Tenure. He is the immediate past President of MUSC Physicians.
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Yann Ferrand

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Yann B. Ferrand is an assistant professor of operations management in the Department of Management at Clemson University. His primary research interests are in applying operations management theory to healthcare delivery systems. He is especially interested in providing innovative solutions in healthcare delivery services through better scheduling and resource allocation, handling uncertainty and variability using optimization and simulation methodologies. He has worked on research and consulting projects with several hospitals and
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Cassandra Salgado, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor for Clinical Research

Dr. Salgado joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor for clinical research in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases in September 2004. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from West Virginia University, she then went on to earn her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics and served as Chief Resident for the Department of Internal Medicine at West Virginia University Hospital.
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Bill Rostenberg, FAIA

Founding Principal, Architecture for Advanced Medicine

Architecture for Advanced Medicine is an architectural consulting firm specializing in the design of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities focusing on imaging, interventional imaging and surgery. Bill has led the planning of complex healthcare projects around the globe and has written numerous books and articles about healthcare facility design, including the industry standard, The Architecture of Medical Imaging. He was named by Healthcare Design Magazine in 2010 as the most influential person in healthcare, and was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2001 for his contributions to improving the practice of architecture. 
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Dr. Ken Catchpole

SmartState Endowed Chair

Dr. Ken Catchpole is a cognitive scientist and human factors practitioner who has spent over a decade studying the influence of task, team, technology and environment on safety and performance in acute care. He began his work at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, working with congenital heart surgery teams, followed by six years as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford extending this research and quality improvement to vascular, general, and orthopedic surgery, utilizing techniques from other industries such as aviation, production, and formula one motor racing.
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Susan O'Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN

Post-doctoral faculty member with the Schools of Nursing and Architecture at Clemson University

Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN is a post-doctoral faculty member with the Schools of Nursing and Architecture, and is a Clemson University School of Health Research embedded scholar. A registered nurse for over 30 years, with clinical, education, leadership and management experience in critical care, outpatient, and home-care environments. Founder and principal of O’Hara HealthCare Consultants, LLC providing research, education, design and simulation modeling services for 24 years, Dr. O’Hara has led teams of computer simulation engineers and architects on numerous projects inpatient and outpatient healthcare design projects including preadmission testing, ambulatory surgery, prep and recovery and PACU departments and the National Nurses’ Time and Motion Study.
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David Neyens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering

David Neyens is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. His research interests include assessing patient safety and quality improvement projects that lead to more effective and safe experiences for patients. His research centers on human factors in complex health systems and how operators and individuals use systems and technologies in a safe and efficient manner to result in process and performance improvements. He works to evaluate and model decision making in complex health care systems with uncertain outcomes. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering at the University of Iowa. He also received an M.P.H. with a focus in ergonomics from the University of Iowa's Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.
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Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor in Architecture + Health

Sara Bayramzadeh is a Research Assistant Professor in the Architecture + Health program at Clemson University. Her research interests include the impact of healthcare facilities design on user experience, patient safety, and efficiency. In her role, she contributes to several funded research projects, building new opportunities in connecting academia and practice in the field of architecture and design.
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Deborah Wingler

President of Healing Design Integration

Deborah is a Doctoral student at Clemson University in the Healthcare + Architecture Department. In her current role as President of Healing Design Integration, Deborah designs and develops patient centered outcomes research studies within ambulatory care settings that gain insight into the patient experience and asses operational efficiencies. Through the findings from this research, she collaborates with healthcare executives to design innovative business solutions that achieve performance metrics while enhancing the patient experience. She holds a master’s Degree in Healthcare Design Research from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
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Herminia Machry


Herminia is working as a Graduate Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Joseph, her Ph.D. advisor. Herminia is a Brazilian Architect and Urban Planner (UFSC, 2004) and holds a Master Degree from the University of Sao Paulo (USP, 2010). She has worked as a designer on Healthcare Facility projects since 2005, and has also been a professor in Architecture and Healthcare Hospitality undergraduate courses for the past five years.
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Brandon Lee

Ph.D. Candidate in Operations Management

Brandon W. Lee is a doctoral candidate in Business Administration with a concentration of Operations Management in the Department of Management at Clemson University. Prior to his Ph.D. study, he enjoyed a 12-year career in multinational corporations, i.e., Siemens and Aisin (a Toyota Group company). In such organizations, he mainly worked in the field of quality management and Six Sigma process improvement while holding positions such as quality assurance manager, quality assurance engineer, Six Sigma master black belt (MBB), and TQM engineer.
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Roxana Jafari

Ph.D. Candidate in Healthcare + Architecture

Roxana is a Graduate Assistant who works under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Joseph, her Ph.D. advisor. She holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Tehran, Iran.
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Amin Khoshkenar

Doctoral student in Industrial Engineering

Amin Khoshkenar is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University. He is doing research on improving patient flow in the emergency department as well as designing an efficient operating room that supports staff and patient requirements on the day of surgery. In general, his research interests include improving operational aspects of service systems, using simulation, data analysis, and stochastic modeling.
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Kylie Gomes

Doctoral student in Industrial Engineering

Kylie Gomes is a Doctoral student in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, and she holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Sara Lu Riggs, her PhD advisor. It was during her undergraduate research experience investigating human-centered display design that she became interested in applying her research interests in the field of human factors to healthcare.
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Rutali Joshi

Doctoral student

Rutali Joshi is a doctoral student in the Planning, Design and Built environment department with focus on healthcare architecture. Her work as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Anjali Joseph for The Center for Health Facilities and Design Testing focuses on built environment and health outcomes. She has an M.S. degree in the Architecture and Health program from Clemson University.
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Hannah Shultz

Master of Architecture + Health student

Hannah Shultz is a first year Master of Architecture student at Clemson University. She will be entering the Architecture + Health program in 2017 with an expected graduation of 2019. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of  Architectural Studies with an emphasis in Interior Design in 2015.
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Katie Jurewicz

Master of Industrial Engineering student

Katie Jurewicz is a Masters student in Industrial Engineering under Dr. David Neyens, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. Katie did a year-long co-op with BMW at Plant Spartanburg in the research and innovation department where she led a project working with the implementation of Google Glass for vehicle analysis and a project where she managed development and deployment of an automatic visual inspection system for vehicle assembly. It was after her experience at BMW that she wanted to apply her interests in research and innovation to healthcare.
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Miranda Muhs

Master of Industrial Engineering student

Miranda Muhs earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hastings College in Nebraska on a volleyball and academic scholarship. She is currently finishing her first year of earning her master’s in industrial engineering at Clemson University, where she works on the RIPCHD research team, under Dr. Taaffe, which studies work flow in the operating room and its impact on microbial load, using simulation.
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Lansing Dodd

Master of Architecture + Health student

Lansing Dodd is originally from Santa Ana, California; she arrived in South Carolina to attend Clemson University, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture in 2013. After graduation, she worked for Greenville Health System facilities development and McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, opportunities which led her to pursue a Master of Architecture + Health degree at Clemson University.
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Wenz Tuttle

Master of Architecture + Health student

Wenz G. Tuttle was born in Shenyang, China and immigrated to the United States at age nine. Prior to joining Clemson University's Master of Architecture + Health program in 2016 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Miami University in 2011.
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