Dimitris Bertsimas
Operations Research Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dimitris Bertsimas is the Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, a Professor of Operations Research, the CoDirector of the Operations Research Center and the Director of the Master of Business Analytics at MIT.

A faculty member since 1988, his research interests include optimization, stochastic systems, machine learning, and their application. In recent years, he has worked in robust optimization, statistics, healthcare, transportation and finance. Bertsimas was a cofounder of Dynamic Ideas, LLC, which developed portfolio management tools for asset management.  In 2002, the assets of Dynamic Ideas were sold to American Express. He is also the founder of Dynamic Ideas Press, a publisher of scientific books, the cofounder of Benefits Science, a company that designs health care plans for companies, of Dynamic Ideas Financial, a company that provides financial advice to customers, of Alpha Dynamics, an asset management company, P2 Analytics, an analytics  consulting company and of MyA health, a personalized health care advice company. 

Bertsimas has coauthored more than 200 scientific papers and the following books: Introduction to Linear Optimization (with J. Tsitsiklis, Athena Scientific and Dynamic Ideas, 2008); Data, Models, and Decisions (with R. Freund, Dynamic Ideas, 2004);  Optimization over Integers (with R. Weismantel, Dynamic Ideas, 2005); and The Analytics Edge (with A. O’Hair andW. Pulleyblank, Dynamic Ideas, 2016).   He is former department editor of Optimization for Management Science and  of Operations Research in Financial Engineering. Bertsimas has supervised 59 doctoral and 31 Master students. He is currently  supervising 22 doctorla students. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and an INFORMS fellow, he has received numerous research awards, including the Harold Larnder Prize (2016), the Philip Morse Lecturship prize (2013), the William Pierskalla best paper award in health care (2013), best paper award in Trapsoration (2013), the Farkas Prize (2008), the Erlang Prize (1996), the SIAM Prize in Optimization (1996), the Bodossaki Prize (1998), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991–1996). He has also received recognition for his educational contributions: The Jamieson prize (2013) and the Samuel M. Seegal prize (1999). 

Bertsimas holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in applied mathematics and operations research from MIT.

Personalized Medicine: A Vision for Research and Education
Medicine as taught in medical schools and as practiced today is not personalized. We present a research program to develop an algorithmic theory of personalized medicine applied to the major human diseases. Using electronic medical records and genomic data and in collaboration with major medical centers and medical doctors, we present our ongoing efforts to develop algorithms that propose personalized treatments for individual patients that suffer from these diseases. The new personalized medicine methods are based on new cutting edge Machine Learning algorithms that use modern optimization methods and improve upon classical approaches. We further discuss the implications of our work on the education of the next generation of doctors.

Brian Denton
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan

Brian Denton has a joint appointment with Urology and Industrial & Operations Engineering (IOE). He joined the IOE faculty in 2012. His primary research interests are in optimization under uncertainty with applications to medical decision making related to the detection, treatment, and prevention of chronic diseases. He is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at University of Michigan and he holds a fellowship appointment at the Cecil Sheps Health Services Research Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brain is the current the President of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for 2017.

Previously he has been a Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic, and a Senior Engineer at IBM. In 2009 he received the National Science Foundation Career Award. He has also won the INFORMS Service Section Prize (2010), the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize (2005), the Institute of Industrial Engineers Outstanding Publication Award (2005), and the Canadian Operations Research Society Best Paper Award (2000). He has co-authored more than fifty journal articles and conference proceedings, and has twenty five patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Operations Research in Medicine: Past, Present and Future
Operations Research (O.R.) methods such as decision analysis, simulation, stochastic models, and optimization, have a long and rich history of use for research and practice in medicine over the last several decades. Applications include cancer screening, diabetes treatment, glaucoma monitoring, organ transplants, radiation therapy, and many others. In this talk I will discuss some of the ways O.R. has had an impact on medicine in the past, drawing on several specific examples in the area of chronic diseases. Next, I will discuss some contemporary applications and discuss the research challenges and the opportunities these problems present to drive the development of new O.R. methods. Finally, I will conclude by summarizing some of the exciting new directions where O.R. can play a much needed role in the future including personalized medicine, biomarkers for early detection of diseases, and the development of artificial and regenerated organs.

Dr. Eric de Roodenbeke
CEO International Hospital Federation

Eric de Roodenbeke received his PhD in 1956. As is a French national with an extensive international experience in healthsystems and policies and a strong background in hospital management. Since June 2008 he holds the position of CEO of the International Hospital Federation. Prior to this he has worked a total of four years at the World Health Organization and the World Bank leading various health intervention, educational, management and capacity building programmes mostly in Africa. He was Director of several French hospitals of different types for an over all period of 10 years. He has also worked at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 10 years both at head quarter and in field projects in Africa, Eric de Roodenbeke holds a Ph.D. in health economics; a Hospital Administration post graduate diploma and a University diploma in Public Health. He has taught in various masters programs and senior continuous education course and published several books as well as various articles in professional journals.

Erik Gerritsen
Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

Erik Gerritsen was appointed Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in June 2015. During his many years of government service, he has gained experience in a wide range of fields. As Secretary-General he is not only in charge of the general governance of the Ministry, but he is also responsible for the Macroeconomic Issues and Labour Market Department and the Financial and Economic Affairs Department of the Ministry.

Mr. Gerritsen began his career at the Ministry of Finance. In 1996 he was appointed Director Financial and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he became deputy Secretary General in 1999. In 2000 he made the transition to the Municipality of Amsterdam. As City Clerk of Amsterdam he was the primary advisor to the College of Mayor and Alderpersons. He was ultimately responsible for services in the city and for representing the City of Amsterdam in various regional, national and European matters. From 2007 until 2009 he was “ambassador for knowledge” of the Municipality. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Amsterdam Regional Youth Protection Agency.

Erik Gerritsen was born in The Hague in 1962 and studied Political Science at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Public Administration and Information Management at the Amsterdam University.


The INFORMS Contribution for the Health Systems and Hospitals of the Future Over the past years, The Dutch Health System has received considerable international praise. At the same time however, there are concerns about the sustainability, and the adaptations that are needed to meet future societal needs. In most scenarios, information technology and analytics play an important enabling role to provide solutions for the challenges ahead.

Much of the discussion on making adaptations to health systems, whether in The Netherlands or abroad, focus around the pivotal role of hospitals. In addition to other advances, information technology will change their relationships with patients, with primary care, and is already bringing some of the services from the real physical world to the internet. There is a role to play for Operations Research and Analytics to design these transitions and develop their cost-effectiveness.

Two highly distinguished guests will share their views on these developments. Erik Gerritsen, Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports will position the Dutch health system and unveil the plans to meet the future challenges. Eric de Roodenbeke, CEO of the International Hospital Federation, will discuss the present and future roles of hospitals, and share his views on the role of information technology and analytics.

After presenting their views, the plenary speakers will involve the audience through a series of propositions regarding the contribution the INFORMS community can make to promote effective solutions for the identified challenges.