My research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of infrastructure systems, hospital design, healthcare practice, and medical technologies. This new field of study (sustainable healthcare or clinical sustainability) introduces medical providers to data-driven, environmentally preferable solutions, while developing and improving sustainability metrics for measuring human and environmental health.
As a 2014–2015 Fulbright–Nehru fellow, I analyzed the materials used, the waste generated, and the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India. My team found that Aravind’s approach generated just 5% of the carbon emissions as the same surgery done in the United Kingdom. This study demonstrated that reusable surgical materials and careful process design can produce excellent patient outcomes, while reducing costs and the environmental footprint. Our team is testing interventions designed to reduce the footprint and cost of cataract care in the United States, while maintaining excellent outcomes. My lab is also conducting research focused on radiology, inpatient units, and surgical waste.
I hold additional faculty appointments with NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where I teach courses on operations management and environmental sustainability, and with NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering.
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
PhD from University of Pittsburgh
American journal of public health. AJPH. 2018 Apr; 108(S2):S158-S164
Journal of cateract & refractive surgery. 2017 Nov; 43(11):1391-1398
Journal of health services research & policy. 2017 Jan 01; 1355819617697353-1355819617697353
Hand (New York, N.Y.). 2017 Nov 01; 1558944717743595-1558944717743595
Environmental science & technology. 2017 Feb 07; 51(3):1110-1119
Journal of architectural engineering. 2016 Sep 01; 22(3):?-?
Current opinion in ophthalmology. 2016 Jan; 27(1):82-88
Environmental science & technology. 2015 Feb 03; 49(3):1779-1786