Vishal Ahuja is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He also has an academic affiliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) North Texas Health Care System and with the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy at the University of Chicago.

Vishal’s 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. A focus of Vishal’s work is chronic disease management, where he intends to implement analytical tools to improve health outcomes. For his research, Vishal partners with various organizations such as the VA, Parkland Hospital, Baylor Heart Hospital, Refillwise, Good Rx, and Southwest Airlines. Vishal’s research has appeared in prestigious academic journals and has either won or has been a finalist for several awards and honors, including a mid-career research award for significant contributions to the practice of health applications. Vishal regularly presents his research at various venues, including leading management and clinical conferences, top business schools around the country, and healthcare organizations.

Vishal’s work has received coverage from various media outlets and recognition from the local community, including an outstanding healthcare advocate award finalist from D CEO magazine in 2020. His writings include op-eds for outlets like Austin-American Statesman. In 2018, Vishal appeared as an invited expert panelist at an FDA-convened workshop in Washington. For his teaching and 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. Vishal holds a PhD and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.