Soroush Saghafian

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Soroush Saghafian


Dr. Soroush Saghafian, Assistant Professor  of Public Policy (and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Healthcare Systems Engineering, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine), is interested in using and developing operations research and management science techniques that can have significant public level benefits. His current research focuses on the application and development of operations research methods in studying stochastic systems with specific applications in healthcare and operations management. He has been collaborating with a variety of hospitals in improving their operational efficiency, patient flow, medical decision-making, and more broadly, healthcare delivery policies. He also serves as a faculty affiliate of Harvard Ph.D. Program in Health Policy.  

Dr. Saghafian holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (2012) and a Master’s degree in Mathematics (2009) both from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (2005) from Sharif University of Technology. 

He has won various awards for his research including POMS 2017 College of Healthcare Best Paper Award (second place), INFORMS MSOM (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management) Journal 2016 Best Paper Award,  INFORMS  MSOM Society 2016 Best Paper Award of Service Special Interest Group (SIG)INFORMS 2015 Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Best Paper Competition (Honorable Mention), INFORMS 2012 MSOM (Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society) Best Student Paper Award, 2012 IOE Richard Wilson Prize, 2010 INFORMS Pierskalla Award (from INFORMS Healthcare Applications Society) for the best research paper in healthcareUniversity of Michigan College of Engineering Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award, Production and Operations Management (POMS) 2011 College of Healthcare Operations Management best  paper award (second place), 2010 Murty Prize for best research paper in optimization, and the 2007 IOE Bonder Fellowship award for applied operations research,  INFORMS 2011 Doing Good with Good OR Award  (Honorable Mention),  and POMS College of Supply Chain  2013 and 2009 Best Student Paper Award (Honorable Mention).

Dr. Saghafian serves on the editorial board of a few journals including Production and Operations Management, and INFORMS Service Science. He has served as a referee for various journals including Operations ResearchManagement ScienceManufacturing and Service Operations Management,Operations Research LettersNaval Research LogisticsIIE Transactions,Operations Research for Healthcare, Production and Operations Management, Flexible Services and Manufacturing, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. 

Dr. Saghafian has also served as a chair/co-chair or a review panel member in various committees including: INFORMS Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper in Healthcare, INFORMS Healthcare Applications Society Best Student Paper Award,  INFORMS MSOM Healthcare Special Interest Group, INFORMS MSOM Best Student Paper review panel, POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management Best Paper Award, and the review panel for International Conference on Health Care Systems Engineering.

Dr. Saghafian's research has been supported through various grants from National Science Foundation (NSF)Mayo Clinic, and Harvard University (HKS), among others.



  • API-201-Z Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods

Spring 1

  • MLD-603M Operations Management for Improving Public Services

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Kilinc, Derya, Soroush Saghafian, and Stephen Traub. "Dynamic Assignment of Patients to Primary and Secondary Inpatient Units: Is Patience a Virtue?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-010, December 22, 2016.

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