About Me

Vishal Ahuja is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of clinical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His research focuses on developing decision analytic tools that can be implemented easily by healthcare professionals and policymakers to improve patient health, advance the quality of care, and enhance the efficiency of delivery of care. For his research, Vishal partners with various organizations such as the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Parkland Hospital, Baylor Heart Hospital, and Southwest Airlines. To bring relevance to his research, Vishal attempts to draw from his diverse work experience of over 7 years in the corporate sector that includes engineering and managerial roles in the chemical, manufacturing, and consumer goods industry.


  • Grand Rounds Talk Speaker, Medical City Dallas, 2019
  • Semi-finalist, POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management Best Paper Award 2018
  • Expert Panelists, FDA and The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy workshop on Assessing the Public Health Impact of Prescription Drug Postmarketing Safety Labeling Changes, 2018
  • Finalist, POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management Best Paper Award 2016
  • NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Chicago 2013-14
  • Katherine Dusak Miller PhD Fellowship, The University of Chicago 2011-2013
  • Winner, INFORMS Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper in Healthcare 2012
  • Semifinalist, INFORMS Innovation in Analytics Award 2012
  • Finalist, Lee Lusted Prize, Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) 2012
  • Nominated to attend Future Academic Colloquium, INFORMS 2012
  • Doctoral Fellowship, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2008-2012
  • Performance Award for exceptional service to the Executive MBA program 2011
  • Summer Research Award, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2009
  • Power of You Gold Award, Procter & Gamble 2007
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto 1999-2001

Contact Information

  • Mail: 6212 Bishop Blvd Dallas TX 75275
  • Email: vahuja@smu.edu
  • Tel: 214-768-3145


  • PhD, MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL

Academic Affiliations

  • University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center, Departments of Clinical Sciences and Internal Medicine
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, North Texas Health Care System
  • The Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases, University of Chicago
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