Lukasz Mazur, PhD, will join the faculty of the UNC School of Information in Library (SILS), effective July 1, bringing expertise in engineering management as it pertains to patient safety and human-computer interactions in healthcare settings. Mazur will have a joint appointment as an assistant professor in SILS and the UNC School of Medicine (SOM) and will be part of the interdisciplinary Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) faculty. He will continue to direct the Division of Healthcare Engineering (DHE) based at the Radiation Oncology Department in the SOM.
“Dr. Mazur adds additional depth to SILS’ expertise in human-computer interaction and will be an important research bridge to the School of Medicine faculty,” said SILS Dean Gary Marchionini. “He will help strengthen SILS's health informatics curriculum offerings, and his human factors laboratory on the health affairs side of campus will augment SILS’ human factors lab in Manning Hall.”
Mazur earned his BS, MS, and PhD in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University. His research is currently funded by two grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop simulation-based training and innovative usability enhancements within electronic health record (HER; Epic) to improve patient safety.
“The challenges and opportunities for research and innovation within the health care sector require multidisciplinary approach, and I’m most grateful and excited to have this opportunity to work with world-class faculty, students, and staff at SILS,” Mazur said.
While at the North Carolina State University, Mazur was awarded the prestigious Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award for his outreach work in healthcare industry, highlighting his passion for patient safety and operational improvements. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 50 conference proceedings abstracts supported by 18 full peer-review manuscripts, two book chapters, and has co-authored one book.
His paper titled “Facilitating Lean Learning and Behaviors in Hospitals during the Early Stages of Lean Implementation,” published in the Engineering Management Journal, was awarded the Eschenbach best paper of the 2012 year award from the American Society of Engineering Management.