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Laila Cure, Ph.D.

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
E-208 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3371

  • Modeling and analysis in healthcare operations, patient safety, and quality.
  • Operations Research applications in service systems analysis.



  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, University of South Florida, 2011
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad del Norte, 2006
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering,. Universidad del Norte, 2003

Current Initiatives:

  • Model-based risk identification and analysis in healthcare systems
  • Improving hand hygiene compliance in a patient care unit
  • Reducing preventable readmissions in hospitals


Cure, L. Zayas-Castro, J. Fabri, P. “Challenges and Opportunities in the Analysis of Risk in Healthcare” IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering (2014) DOI: 10.1080/19488300.2014.911786

Cure, L. Van Enk, R. Tiong E. “A Systematic Approach for the Location of Hand Sanitizer Dispensers in Hospitals”, Healthcare Management Science (2013) DOI: 10.1007/s10729-013-9254-y

Cure, L. Zayas-Castro, J. Fabri, P. "Clustering Near-Miss Reports to Identify Risk in Healthcare Delivery", Journal of Biomedical Informatics (2011), 44(5):738-48

Santander-Mercado, A. Zayas-Castro, J. Cure, L. Yalcin, A. "Evaluating the Impact of Patient Arrival Patterns in the Performance of Appointment Scheduling Rules," International Journal of Health Management and Information (2011),
2(2): 101-18

Cure-Vellojín, L. Ramírez-Ríos, D., Herrera-Hernández, M. Paternina-Arboleda, C. Miller, W. "A Fictitious Play algorithm applied to a retailer's replenishment decision problem in a two-echelon supply chain," Int. J. Logistics Systems and Management (2011), 8(3)


Health Systems Decision Support lab

Educational Initiatives

Flu clinic simulation video