Professor Andrew Schaefer, Rice University, Mitigating Information Asymmetry in Liver Allocation 2:30pm-3:30pm, March 19th, 2019, Tuesday, Room N510, Shunde building 2019.03.11

[Time] 2:30pm-3:30pm, March 19th, 2019, Tuesday

[Venue] Room N510, Shunde building

[Speaker] Professor Andrew Schaefer, Rice University

[Host] Dr. Junlong Zhang

[Title] Mitigating Information Asymmetry in Liver Allocation

[Abstract] In accordance with the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which requires the efficient and equitable allocation of donated organs, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) prioritizes patients on the liver-transplant waiting list within given geographic areas based mainly on their most recently reported health status. Accordingly, UNOS requires patients to update their health status at a frequency that depends on their last reported health status. However, patients may elect to update any time within the required timeframe, which creates opportunities to game the system, leading to information asymmetries between UNOS and the patients on the waiting list. This information asymmetry can be alleviated through more frequent updating requirements, but at the price of an increased update burden (e.g., data collection costs and patient inconvenience).
We propose a model that determines health reporting requirements that simultaneously minimize these two (possibly conflicting) criteria, i.e., inequity due to information asymmetry and update burden. Calibrating the model with clinical data, we examine (1) the degree to which an individual patient can benefit from the flexibility inherent to the current health reporting requirements, and (2) alternative recommendations that dominate the current requirements with respect to the two criteria of interest.
This is joint work with Sepehr Nemati, Zeynep Icten and Lisa Maillart.

[Bio] Professor Andrew Schaefer is Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. Prior to joining Rice in 2015, he was John A. Swanson Chair in Engineering and William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Industrial Engineering at University of Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Education Award from the IISE society and the NSF CAREER Award. His research interests are in the broad area of operations research and industrial engineering, which includes mixed-integer programming, stochastic optimization and large-scale optimization. He is currently the associate editor of Operations Research, Management Science, IISE Transactions, INFORMS Journal on Computing and senior editor of Production and Operations Management. He is also a member of United States Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.
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