Multiple factors and constraints impact how surgeons are scheduled in multiple OR blocks and clinics. These include subspecialty coverage across clinics and fixed clinic days in a specific location.

Current methods of surgeon scheduling are time consuming, subjective, and may lead to sub-optimal schedules. We analyzed the needs and requirements of the Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center to create an optimized schedule. We will iteratively optimize the schedule for Orthopedics, expand to other services, and develop a universal surgeon scheduling platform.

Our goal is to help find the surgeon OR block and clinic assignments that minimize windshield time, meet subspecialty coverage requirements, and maximize patient access to quality care by using mathematical programming to optimize certain conditions while respecting constraints.

Tracey Hong

MD, MS, Resident Physician

Michael Fairley

MS, PhD Candidate in Management Science and Engineering

David Scheinker

SURF director

Steven Frick

MD, Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at LPCH