Health Applications Society

Pierskalla Award

William Pierskalla

William Pierskalla

The Health Applications Society of INFORMS sponsors an annual competition for the Pierskalla Award, which recognizes research excellence in the field of health care management science. The award includes a $1000 honorarium for the best paper presented in a Health Applications Society sponsored session at the annual INFORMS conference. The award is named after Dr. William Pierskalla to recognize his contribution and dedication to improving health services delivery through operations research. Dr. Pierskalla is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Anderson School at UCLA and the Ronald A. Rosenfeld Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and serves as an editor on numerous operations research journals.


To be considered for the award, a full paper must be submitted by the application deadline to the Chair of the Pierskalla Committee (see Application Process details below). The submission can be a working paper, a paper under review, or a previously published paper, and is not restricted to papers written by students. If desired by the authors, the winning paper will be published in Health Care Management Science if it has not been published or is not under review elsewhere.


Papers are judged by a panel of up to four representatives from the Health Applications Society on

  • Contribution to operations research/management science in health care
  • Readability, clarity and organization of the paper
  • Technical content and scope relative to the length of the paper
  • Originality

Up to five finalists will be selected and invited to present their work at the INFORMS annual meeting in a session devoted to the competition. The panel judging the papers reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year.

Application Process

A complete entry consists of:

1. A single-page PDF cover letter containing the following:

  • Names and affiliations of all co-authors
  • Complete contact information of the corresponding author
  • The paper title
  • Appropriate keywords for the submitted paper

The filename of the cover letter should be CorrespondingAuthorLastName_CoverLetter.pdf.

2. A completely anonymous paper in PDF format that meets the following criteria:

  • Author(s) names or affiliations should not appear anywhere in the paper
  • At most 32 pages excluding the appendix but including tables, figures, and references. The paper must include all material necessary for judges to assess its technical correctness and confirm the validity of results.
  • The formatting standards for submitting a paper to major INFORMS journals (such as Management Science or Operations Research) apply.
  • The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf.

The above two documents should be sent by the entrant as e-mail attachments to The email’s subject line should be: 2014 INFORMS Pierskalla Award Submission. Complete entries must be received on or before Monday, July 15, 2014.

Any question(s) related to the competition should be sent by email to:

The winning paper will not be announced until the Health Applications Society's business meeting at the INFORMS annual meeting.

2014 committee members

Chair: Dimitris Bertsimas
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Previous recipients

Year   Recipient   Title
2013 Dimitris Bertsimas, Allison O'Hair, Stephen Relyea, and John Silberholz An Analytics Approach to Designing Clinical Trials for Cancer
2012 Vishal Ahuja and John Birge Fully Adaptive Designs for Clinical Trials: Simultaneous Learning from Multiple Patients
2011 Douglas Bish, Ebru Bish, Shiguang Xi, and Anthony Slonim Optimal Selection of Screening Assays for Infectious Agents in Donated Blood
2010 Soroush Saghafian, Wallace Hopp, Mark Van Oyen and Jeffrey Desmond and Steven Kronick Patient Streaming as a Mechanism for Improving Responsiveness in Emergency Departments
2009 Mariel Lavieri, Martin Puterman, Scott Tyldesley and William Morris When to Treat Prostate Cancer Patients Based on their PSA Dynamics
2008 Wanpracha Chaovalitwongse, Ya-Jun Fan, and Rajesh Sachdeo Novel Optimization Models for Abnormal Brain Activity Classification Spending and Disparity
2007 Chris P. Lee and Stefanos Zenios A Shadow Price Framework for Quantifying Health Care Demand, Spending and Disparity
2006 Stephen Chick, Hamed Mamani, and David Simchi-Levi Supply Chain Coordination and Influenza Vaccination
2005 Eva Lee, Siddhartha Maheshwary, and Jacquelyn Mason Emergency Treatment Response and Real-Time Staff Allocation for Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease Outbreak
2004 Panos Pardalos, Wanpracha Chaovalitwongse, Leonidas Iasmidis, J. Chris Sackellares, Deng-Shan, Paul R. Carney, Oleg A. Prokopyev, and Vitaliy A. Yatsenko Seizure Warning Algorithm Based on Optimization and Nonlinear Dynamics
2003 H. Edwin Romeijn, Ravindra K. Ahuja, James F. Dempsey, and Arvind Kumar A Column Generation Approach To Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Using Aperture Modulation
2002 Michael Ferris, Jinho Lim, David Shepard An Optimization Approach for Radiosurgery Treatment Planning
2001 Gregory Zaric and Margaret Brandeau Optimal Investment in a Portfolio of HIV Prevention Programs
2000 Allen Holder Designing Radiotherapy Plans with Elastic Constraints and Interior Point Methods


Key Contacts

Pinar Keskinocak (Chair)

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