Cassandra Thiel, Ph.D.

Cassandra Thiel, Ph.D.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering assistant professor in population health

Thiel’s research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of infrastructure systems, hospital design, health care practices, and medical technologies. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Thiel calculated the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India, finding that Aravind’s carbon footprint for phacoemulsification was 5% of the same surgery done in the United Kingdom. Her research team is currently testing interventions designed to reduce the footprint and cost of cataract care in the United States while conducting research focused on radiology, inpatient units, and surgical waste.

Clinical sustainability: Environmental stewardship at the bedside

Presented with the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, this session will explore clinical sustainability as an important strategy in advancing climate-smart health care. Learn how: clinicians embrace opportunities to conserve resources and promote sustainable practices. clinical care impacts health care resource utilization and waste production. life cycle assessment allows clinicians to make evidence-based, […]