Tze Chiam, PhD

Director, Health Systems Optimization

Dr. Chiam is the Director, Health Systems Optimization at the Value Institute. His research interests include computer simulation modeling and analysis, optimization, predictive analytics, decision-making under uncertainty and dynamic control of complex systems. Some of his projects include developing methods to optimize the use of hospital capacity, improve patient flow in the emergency department and inpatient floors, improve patient access to clinics, optimize the use of surgical rooms, constructing predictive models for post-surgical outcomes to optimize interventions, improve patient experience and reduce costs.

Besides leading and participating in research projects, he co-leads the Data Management team at the Value Institute to ensure optimal level of data support for institutional projects and alignment with organizational priorities. Dr. Chiam also co-leads the Project Overview Meeting, a departmental-wide forum to allow for exchange of research progress and to germinate opportunities for collaboration across staff of diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Prior to Christiana Care, he was involved in applied operations research at UMass Memorial Healthcare where he created and managed the Department of Business Intelligence and Research. He led the department in system-wide strategic initiatives as well as operational projects utilizing multi-method approaches.

Additionally, he is a reviewer of several journals, including IIE Transactions of Healthcare Systems Engineering, International Journal of Production Research, and Computers & Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Chiam graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. His dissertation research, funded by NASA, was building and controlling an Advanced Life Support System to sustain crew members lives, for NASA mission to Mars.