Tauber team project faculty advisor Richard E. Hughes is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Hughes also holds appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Industrial & Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers. He is President-elect of the American Society of Biomechanics, and a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also Co-Director of the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI), which is a statewide registry of hip and knee replacement patients.
Dr. Hughes is excited about the application of operations methods originally developed for manufacturing to the health care industry. He believes that the most important skill for today's Operations students to develop is critical thinking and highly values the educational impact of the real-world situations institute students experience during their Tauber team projects.
What first brought you to the University of Michigan?
I came to work on a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) in 1985 in the area of infinite horizon optimization. After completing my Ph.D., I worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed a post-doc at the Mayo Clinic. I moved into healthcare, specifically orthopedic surgery research and quality improvement. I am a faculty in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Industrial & Operations Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.