Lauren Aquino Shluzas joined PCOR in September 2011 as a Veterans Affairs (VA) Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Informatics. Her research interests focus on studying and optimizing complex systems and services in the healthcare field. Lauren aims to combine her background in engineering with her interest in health services research to improve the usability, quality, and adoption of healthcare products and services, at a reduced cost to users and stakeholders. Specific projects of interest within the VA include the ATHENA Decision Support System for the management of hypertension in primary care, and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT).
Lauren earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, with a minor in Management Science & Engineering. Her doctoral thesis examined design and development practices that influence the clinical and financial outcomes of early stage medical device companies. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Lauren’s industrial experience includes serving as Senior Engineer at Omnisonics Medical Technologies, a company that developed ultrasonic treatments for vascular occlusive disease. Prior to that, Lauren was a Product Development Engineer for the Minimally Invasive Surgery Group at Johnson & Johnson's Depuy Spine. In that role, she designed and developed implants and instruments for spinal fusion surgery. Lauren had previously served as an Engineering Analyst for Boeing’s Flight Crew Systems Division.