Cassandra Thiel

New York University
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Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the School of Medicine, the Wagner School of Public Service, and the Tandon School of Engineering. Her research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of medical systems, hospital design, healthcare practice, and medical technologies. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Dr. 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. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and BS from Michigan Technological University, both in Civil Engineering. Her graduate training was supported by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT).



General Information

Member ID 0385
First Name Cassandra
Last Name Thiel
Member Since Oct 11, 2011


Current Appointments and Leadership Positions

Faculty Appointment
2016-present Assistant Professor, Tenure Eligible, Population Health & Ophthalmology, New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY
2016- present Assistant Professor, Non-Tenure, NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York, NY
2016-present Assistant Professor, Non-Tenure, Civil & Urban Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, New York, NY

Other Appointments and Leadership Positions
2019-present Sustainability in Business Research and Advising, Senior Research Scholar, NYU Stern School of Business, Center for Sustainable Business, New York, NY
2018-present Data-Driven Sustainability in the Medical Sector, Associate, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH), Oxford, UK
2017-present Data-Driven Sustainability in the Medical Sector, Expert Contributor, United Nations (UN) Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) Voices, Istanbul, Turkey
2014-present Data-Driven Sustainability in the Medical Sector, Expert Contributor, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Connect, Planet Earth

Education and Training

2004 Certificate Tomah High School
2009 BS Civil Engineering, German (minor) Michigan Technological University
2013 PhD Civil & Environmental Engineering University of Pittsburgh

Postdoctoral Training
09/2015-08/2016 Postdoctoral Associate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
10/2014-03/2015 Fulbright-Nehru Fellow (Research Track), Sustainable Healthcare, Aravind Eye Care System, Pondicherry, India
09/2013-09/2014 Postdoctoral Associate, Civil & Environmental Engineering , University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests

Sustainable healthcare, clinical sustainability, green medicine, life cycle assessment, health services research, operations management, waste reduction, resource use, circular economy, medical plastics


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Contact Information

Organization New York University
Email Only visible to members
City New York
Country United States

Website contributions from this member

Jun 13, 2017 PhD Position in Sustainable Materials and Healthcare at University of Bordeaux
Sep 01, 2020 POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER Convergence Around the Circular Economy - University of Pittsburgh
Dec 12, 2018 Special Issue in RCR on Sustainable Healthcare (deadline extended end of 2019!)
Oct 21, 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology Awards Best Paper for LCA of Cataract Surgery
Dec 07, 2017 New Paper: LCA of Efficient, Effective Surgical Model

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