Marrero, Wesley J. (Dartmouth College)

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Wesley J. Marrero
15 Thayer Drive
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


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Flexible and Easily Implementable Guidelines

Despite the many models developed to improve sequential decision making in medicine, those models typically cannot be implemented in their current form. To reduce the breach between theory and practice, I design sequential decision-making models that provide physicians with flexible protocols (i.e., multiple suggestions instead of rules) and with easily implementable guidelines, while continuing to improve patients’ outcomes.

Appropriate audience for this talk: Graduate Students  

Personalized Treatment and Testing for Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide. The management of cardiovascular diseases can be improved by incorporating novel procedures, such as genetic testing. However, genetic testing may be costly, and not every patient may benefit from the new information. Guidelines to inform when to perform genetic testing and how genetic information may influence patients’ treatment are valuable tools across medical domains. My research serves as an aid for clinicians and health insurance policies by identifying patients who will likely benefit from genetic information.

Appropriate audience for this talk: Graduate Students

Supply, Demand, and Allocation of Organs for Transplantation

Organ transplantation is a life-saving intervention for patients with organ failure. Unfortunately, the demand for organs greatly outweighs its supply. My work in this area provide transplantation policymakers with insights into the potential future of the US organ donation system, and offer government agencies additional tools to evaluate the effectiveness of organ procurement practices.

Appropriate audience for this talk: Undergraduate Students

Education & Background

  • PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MA, Statistics, University of Michigan
  • MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
  • BS, Industrial and Management Engineering, University of Turabo

Wesley’s research interest lies at the intersection of operations research and statistics, with an emphasis on stochastic simulation and optimization to support decision making in practice. His current work addresses various application areas, including opioid use disorder, cardiovascular disease, and organ transplantation. Through this research, he has ongoing collaborations with the Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Before joining Dartmouth, Wesley was a postdoctoral research fellow at the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment and Harvard Medical School.