Manaf Zargoush

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140, x23971 Available to supervise

A recent graduate of McGill University – where he recently earned a PhD from the Desautels Faculty of Management – Manaf Zargoush says he’s keen to use his expertise in data analytics and optimization to solve key problems in healthcare. This, he explains, requires combining knowledge from data science, management science and health science.

Zargoush earned a B.Sc. at Iran’s Shahid Chamran University in 2003. He later added a M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran; as well as a Master’s degree and PhD (his first of two) from ESSEC Business School in Paris. In addition to being fluent in English and Arabic, he can also speak French at an intermediate level.


Ph.D. Management (Healthcare Operations & Information Management),
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Ph.D. Business Administration (Decision Science & Statistics),
ESSEC Business School, Paris, France

M.Phil. Advanced Master of Business Administration Research,
ESSEC Business School, Paris, France

M.Sc. Industrial Engineering (Socio-Economic Systems Engineering),
Sharif University, Tehran Iran

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics),
Shahid Chamran Univeristy, Ahvaz, Iran

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • Using Observed Sequence to Orient Network Models”, with F. Alemi and J. Vang. Health Care Management Science, Forthcoming.
  • Sequence of Functional Loss and Recovery in Nursing Homes”, with CR Levy, AE Williams, AR Williams, P. Giang, J. Wojtusiak, RE Kheirbek, and F. Alemi. The Gerontologist, August 2015, gnv099.
  •  “Causal Analysis of Emergency Department Delays” with RE Kheirbek, S Beygi, F Alemi, AW Smith, RD Fletcher, PN Seton, and BA Hawkins. Quality Management in Health Care, July-September 2015, 24 (3): 162–66.
  • A Psychological Approach to Learning Causal Networks”, with F. Alemi, V.E. Vinzi, J. Vang and R. Kheirbek. Health Care Management Science, 2014-Vol. 17, Issue 2, 194-201
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Hypoglycemic Medications Among Veterans”, with R. Kheirbek and F. Alemi. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, 2013;19(9):740-44.
  • Genetic Markers Anticipate Response to Citalopram in a Majority of Patients”, with F. Alemi, H. Erdman, J. Vang, S. Epstein and F. Aymen, Psychiatric Genetics, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 6, p. 287-293.
  • A Simple Method for Causal Analysis of Return on IT Investment”, with F. Alemi, J.L. Oakes and H. Edrees, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2011, Vol. 2, No.1, p. 34-54.


  • Causal Risk Analysis; Revisiting the VIOXX Study” with F. Alemi, Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems, Edited by Y. Yih, CRC Press, Ch. 26, 2010.
  • Dependent Bayesian Analysis: Application to Text of Prescriptions Analysis“, Peer-Reviewed case study at SAGE Research Methods- Methods in Action; with F. Alemi, 2014.

Research and Study Interests


  • Health Analytics (descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics; analysis of big data)
  • Medical Decision Making (optimal medication prescription; disease progression; end-of-life disability experience)
  • Healthcare Operations Management


  • Data Science Methods: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive methods
  • Stochastic Dynamic Programming
  • Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes
  • Stochastic Processes
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