Cassandra Thiel

Cassandra Thiel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

sustainable healthcare, life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, systems engineering, healthcare, sustainability

I aim to develop specialized research focused on healthcare sustainability. This new field of study introduces medical providers to data-driven, environmentally preferable solutions, while developing and improving sustainability metrics for measuring human and environmental health.

In my current projects in ophthalmology, I am analyzing the materials and energy needed for cataract surgery and the life-cycle emissions associated with cataract care. As a 2014–2015 Fulbright–Nehru fellow, I analyzed the materials used, the waste generated, and the environmental footprint of phacoemulsification at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India.

Many of the materials used in modern medicine are single-use and disposable. Aravind Eye Care System demonstrates that reusable surgical materials can produce excellent patient outcomes, while reducing costs and lessening 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.

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.



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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

PhD from University of Pittsburgh

Thiel, Cassandra L; Eckelman, Matthew; Guido, Richard; Huddleston, Matthew; Landis, Amy E; Sherman, Jodi; Shrake, Scott O; Copley-Woods, Noe; Bilec, Melissa M

Environmental science & technology. 2015 Feb 03; 49(3):1779-1786

Venkatesh, Rengaraj; van Landingham, Suzanne W; Khodifad, Ashish M; Haripriya, Aravind; Thiel, Cassandra L; Ramulu, Pradeep; Robin, Alan L

Current opinion in ophthalmology. 2016 Jan; 27(1):82-88

Campion, Nicole; Thiel, Cassandra L; DeBlois, Justin; Woods, Noe C; Landis, Amy E; Bilec, Melissa M

Science of the total environment. 2012 May 15; 425:191-198

Campion, Nicole; Thiel, Cassandra L; Woods, Noe C; Swanzy, Leah; Landis, Amy E; Bilec, Melissa M

Journal of cleaner production. 2015 MAY 1; 94:46-55

Thiel, Cassandra; Duncan, Paula; Woods, Noe

Journal of health services research & policy. 2017 Jan 01; 1355819617697353-1355819617697353

Thiel, Cassandra L; Needy, Kim LaScola; Ries, Robert; Hupp, Diane; Bilec, Melissa M

Building & environment. 2014 Aug; 78:130-136

Thiel, Cassandra L; Campion, Nicole; Landis, Amy E; Jones, Alex K; Schaefer, Laura A; Bilec, Melissa M

Energies. 2013 Feb; 6(2):1125-1141

Thiel, Cassandra L; Woods, Noe C; Bilec, Melissa M

American journal of public health. AJPH. 2018 Apr; 108(S2):S158-S164