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Dr. Sudi Lahiri


Senior Research Fellow

Contact Information

International Manufacturing Centre, WMG
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74590; Fax: +44 (0)24 7657 5582


PhD., 2008, School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison MSW, 1993, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor B.A. 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Sudi’s background is in social work and public health. She works with a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers representing health systems engineering, primary and acute care medicine, allied health, biomedical engineering, computer science, and statistics. The aim is to analyse, understand and reduce unnecessary variations in care processes; with the results used to develop integrated pathways of care within and across organisations for the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and stroke. Methodologies from this research related to health systems modelling and improvement have been implemented for patient benefit by one of the largest hospitals in UK and has also led to patents and publications.

Sudi received her training in social work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where, through her practicum at St. Joseph Hospital, she explored barriers to care for individuals from low income and minority communities suffering from chronic conditions including hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Also, at the UM-Ann Arbor School of Public Health, she worked as a project manager on diabetes and health care needs of low income families residing in federally underserved communities in Detroit.

Sudi received her doctoral training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Welfare. Using experimental design and longitudinal datasets spanning 25 years, she examined pathways to long-term health of one of the largest early childhood interventions funded by the State of Illinois in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services. At UW-Madison, she coordinated a large programme at the University Health Services designed to address health behaviours of college students. Through the university’s School of Medicine & Public Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, she worked with an interdisciplinary group of researchers to evaluate the effects of city-wide smoking bans on individual behaviors. In addition to practice and research, Sudi has taught postgraduate course in Maternal and Child Health at UM-Ann Arbor School of Public Health and held educational administration position at UM-Ann Arbor School of Social Work.


Lahiri, S., PhD, Ceglarek, D., PhD, Kenton, A., MD, Anwar, A., MD & Shukla, N., MSc. “Pathway Variation Analysis: A Systems Approach to Understand and Reduce Unwarranted Variations in Care in the Emergency Department” Prepared for submission to Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Lahiri, S. PhD., Ceglarek, D. PhD., Lee, M., MD, Anwar, A. MD, Kenton, A., MD. “Applying Systems Modeling Approaches in Emergency Departments for Optimum Care in Acute Stroke” Prepared for submission to Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Williamson, Fox, B, Creswell, P; Xiaodong, K., Lahiri, S., Brower, A. & Remington, P (2011). An Observational Study of the Secondary Effects of a Local Smoke-Free Ordinance. Preventing Chronic Diseases, Vol. (8):4:1-9.

Topitzes, J., Olga, G., Mersky, J., Lahiri, S., Reynolds, A. (2009). Educational Success and Adult Health: Findings from the Chicago Longitudinal Study. Prevention Science, Vol. (10):2:175-195.

Shukla N., Keast John E., Lahiri, S., Ceglarek D. (2009). Role Activity Diagram-Based Workflow Modelling of Imaging Service Delivery Process in Radiology. The 2009 ICMR, University of Warwick, UK.