The Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech announced that Professor Eva Lee has been appointed to the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair, effective July 1, 2017.
“It is a great honor to be appointed to the Mello Chair. This is a challenging time for health care, with rapid technological advances, enormous data availability, growing demand for evidence-based care, and shifting policies and regulations,” said Lee. “While cost and efficiency remain critical, all of the above provide an opportunity to shape the landscape of health care and bring about true transformation. I look forward to making significant contributions to this important and dynamic field, and to educating and nurturing its next generation of leaders.”
The Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair was created to support an eminent teacher-scholar in a position of academic leadership in the field of health care delivery operations.
“Eva’s appointment as the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair reflects the lasting impact of her research activities and the visibility her research brings to the Stewart School. This important distinction will enable her to continue to pursue research in the area of health care delivery operations,” said Edwin Romeijn, H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair and Professor in ISyE.
Lee works in the areas of mathematical programming, information technology, computational algorithms for risk assessment, decision making, predictive analytics and knowledge discovery, and systems optimization. She has made major contributions in advances to medical care and procedures, emergency response and medical preparedness, health care operations, and business operations transformation. She tackles challenging problems in health systems and biomedicine spanning the areas of health risk prediction, early disease prediction and diagnosis, optimal treatment strategies and drug delivery, health care outcome analysis and treatment prediction, public health and medical preparedness, homeland security, logistics and operations, and business transformation. She partners with industrial leaders to develop novel transformational strategies in delivery, quality, safety, operations efficiency, information management, change management, and organizational learning.
Lee serves on the National Preparedness and Response Science Board, a federal advisory committee that provides advice and guidance to the assistant secretary for preparedness and response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to the HHS secretary on preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of emergencies. She is the principle investigator of an online interoperable information exchange and decision support system for mass dispensing, emergency response, and casualty mitigation. The system integrates disease spread modeling with response processes and human behavior; and offers efficiency and quality assurance in operations and logistics performance. It currently has more than 10,000 public health users.
Lee has also performed field work within the U.S. on mass dispensing design and evaluation, and has worked with local emergency responders and affected populations after Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Fukushima Japan radiological disaster, and Hurricane Sandy.
She has received prestigious analytics and practice excellence awards including the INFORMS Franz Edelman award, the Daniel H. Wagner prize, and the Pierskalla award. She is an INFORMS Fellow, and has received seven patents on innovative medical systems and devices. Her research has been featured and discussed in numerous news media articles, including articles in The New York Times, The Times of London, Urology Times, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Homeland Security IAIP Directorate Daily Report. Her cancer research was featured in a TV science news segment for Discoveries and Breakthroughs, Inside Science, Curing Prostate Cancer, broadcast by television stations nationwide.
Joseph Mello earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Health Systems from ISyE in 1980. Mello was named chief operating officer of DaVita, Inc. in June 2000. He retired from his position as COO of the company in 2009 but returned to the company as COO in January 2015. Prior to joining DaVita, Mello served in key management positions with Vivra Asthma & Allergy and MedPartners, Inc. (now Caremark). Mello and his wife, Virginia C. Mello, are members of The Hill Society, Georgia Tech’s most prestigious giving society. The Mellos' generosity and investment in the Stewart School, along with their volunteerism through boards and activities, is making a tremendous impact.