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Vedat Verter

Vedat Verter
James McGill Professor, Operations Management

PhD, Bilkent University
MSc & BSc, Bogazici University

Operations Management
+1 514 398 4661
Email Address: 
vedat [dot] verter [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate Email Address: 
kristen [dot] oliver [at] mcgill [dot] ca
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gina [dot] ceolin [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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James McGill Professor Vedat Verter is the Editor-in-Chief of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
. He is the Founding Director of the Canada-wide NSERC CREATE Program on Healthcare Operations & Information Management
. He serves as Director of the McGill MD-MBA Program. Since 2012 he has served as the Associate Director (Health) of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management.

Vedat Verter joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1995 as part of the Management Science area. During his sabbatical in 2001-02, he was a visiting professor at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Before joining McGill, he taught at the University of Alberta and Bilkent University. He had also worked in the Research & Development Centre of Koc Holding, the largest industrial corporation in Turkey, as a project manager for five years.

Professor Verter currently teaches graduate courses on Operations Management, Logistics Management and Healthcare Operations Management.

Dr. Verter's research interests include supply chain design, reverse logistics, transportation of hazardous materials and healthcare operations management. He has presented his work at a number of North American and European Universities as well as international meetings. Dr. Verter has published in a variety of journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Transportation Science, European Journal of Operations Research, Computers & Operations Research, Risk Analysis, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions and International Journal of Production Research. He has also contributed to several books in his fields of expertise.

Dr. Verter is the founding president of the College of Healthcare Operations Management in the Production and operations Management Society (POMS) and a vice president of the Society's Sustainable Operations College. He is a member of the Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS) and a the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is also an active member of the Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT).


MGSC 690 Adv. Topics in Mgmt Science 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGSC 603 Logistics Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUSA 698 Health Care Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGSC 616 Technology in Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGSC 708 Healthcare Operations Mgmt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Areas of Expertise: 

Health care operations management

Sustainable operations

Transportation risk mangement

Supply chain design

Public sector decision making

Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer - Reviewed Journals

Aboolian, R., O. Berman and V. Verter, “Maximal Accessibility Network Design in the Public Sector”, forthcoming in Transportation Science, (accepted, October 2014).

Zhao, J.H. and V. Verter “A bi-objective model for the used oil location-routing problem”, forthcoming in Computers & Operations Research, (accepted, October 2014). doi:10.1016/j.cor.2014.10.016

Graber, A., M. Carter and V. Verter, “Primary Care Facility Network Development - the Regulator’s Perspective”, forthcoming in Journal of Operational Research Society, (accepted, October 2014). doi:10.1057/jors.2014.119

Gunes, E.D., H. Yaman, B. Cekyay and V. Verter (2014), “Matching Patient and Physician Preferences in Designing a Primary Care Facility network”, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol 65 No 4, pp. 483-496;

Bagheri, M., M. Verma and V. Verter (2014), “Transport Mode Selection for Toxic Gasses: Rail or Road?”, Risk Analysis, Vol. 34, No 1, pp. 168–186.

Galbreth M., T. Boyaci and V. Verter (2013), “Product Reuse in Innovative Industries”, Production and Operations Management, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 1011–1033.

Robotis, A., T. Boyaci and V. Verter (2012), “Investing in Reusability of Products of Uncertain Quality: The Role of Inspection Capabilities”, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 140, pp. 385–395.

Kecici, S., N. Aras, and . Verter (2012), “Incorporating the Threat of Terrorist Attacks in the Design of Public Service Facility Networks”, Optimization Letters, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 1101 - 1121.

Klement, W., W. Szymon, W. Michalowski, K. Farion, M.H. Osmond, and V.Verter (2012),“Predicting Need for CT Imaging of Children with Minor Head Injury using an Ensemble of Naive Bayes Prediction Models”, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 163 - 170.

Alumur,S., S. Nickel, F. Saldanha - da - Gama and V. Verter (2012), “Multi - Period Reverse Logistics Network Design”, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 220, No 1, pp. 67 - 78.

Zhang, Y., O. Berman and V. Verter (2012), “The Impact of Client Choice on PreventiveHealthcare Facility Network Design”, OR Spectrum, Vol. 34, No.2, pp. 349 - 370.

Verma, M., V. Verter and N. Zufferey (2011), “A Tactical Planning Model for Rail - TruckIntermodal Transportation of Hazardous Materials” Transportation Research Part E, Vol. 48, No.1, pp. 132 - 149.

Toyasaki, F., T. Boyaci and V. Verter (2011), “An Analysis of Monopolistic and Competitive Take - Back Schemes for WEEE Recycling”, Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 805 - 823.

Murat, A., V. Verter and G. Laporte (2011), “A Multi - Dimensional Shooting Algorithm for the Two - Facility Location - Allocation Problem with Dense Demand”, Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 450 - 463.

Kucukyazici, B., V. Verter, and N. Mayo (2011), “An Analytical Framework for Designing Community - based Care for Chronic Diseases", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp 474 - 488.

Verma, M., V. Verter and M. Gendreau (2011), “A Tactical Planning Model for the Railroad Transportation of Dangerous Goods”, Transportation Science, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 163 - 174.

Zhang, Y., O. Berman, P. Marcotte and V. Verter (2010), “A Bilevel Model for Designing Preventive Healthcare Facility Networks”, IIE Transactions, Volume 42 Issue 12, 865 - 880.

Murat, A., V. Verter and G. Laporte (2010), “A continuous analysis framework for the solution of location - allocation problems with dense demands”, Computers & Operations Research, Vol 37, No 1, pp. 123 - 136.

Verma, M., and V. Verter (2010), “A Lead - Time Approach to Intermodal Transportation of Hazardous Materials”, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 202 pp. 696–706.

Kucukyazici, B., V. Verter, L. Nadeau and N. Mayo (2009), “Improving Post - Stroke Health Outcomes: Can Facilitated Care Help?", Health Policy, Vol. 93, 180 - 187.

Zhang, Y., O. Berman, and V. Verter (2009), “Incorporating Congestion in Preventive Healthcare Facility Network Design”, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 198 No. 3, pp. 922 - 935.

Marcotte, P., A., Mercier, A., G. Savard and V. Verter (2009), “Toll Policies for Mitigating Hazardous Materials Transport Risk”, Transportation Science, Vol. 43, No.2, pp.228 - 243.

Verter, V. and B. Kara (2008), "A Path - Based Approach for the Hazmat Transport Network Design Problem”, Management Science, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp 29 - 40.

Berman, O., V. Verter and B. Kara (2007), “Designing Emergency Response Networks for Hazardous Materials Transportation”, Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 34, No.5, pp. 1374-1388.

Verma, M. and V. Verter (2007), “Rail Transportation of Hazardous Materials: Population Exposure to Airborne Toxins”, Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 34, No.5, pp. 1287-1303.

Wojanowski, R., V. Verter and T. Boyaci (2007), “Retail-Collection Network Design under Deposit-Refund”, Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 324-345.

Books and Edited Volumes

Gupta, D. and V. Verter, (editors) Special issue of Journal of Operational Research Society on Health Systems Operations Research, Vol. 65 No 4, April 2014.

Verter, V. and F. Ulengin (editors), Special issue of Transportation Research Part C on Odysseus 2009, Vol. 19, No. 5, August 2011.

Crainic, T., G. Laporte and V. Verter (editors), Special issue of Transportation Science on Freight Transportation and Logistics Vol. 43, No. 2, May 2009.

Verter, V. and T. Boyaci (editors), Special issue of Computers and Operations Research on Reverse Logistics, Vol. 34, No. 2, February 2007.

Chapters in Books

Verter, V. and Y. Zhang (2014), “Location Models for Preventive Care”, to appear in Eiselt H.A. and V. Marianov (Eds), Applications of Location Analysis, Springer-Verlag. (Accepted December 2014).

Marcotte, A Mercier, G. Savard and V. Verter (2013) “Gestion du risque lié au transport des matières dangereuses: une approche basée sur la tarification” in Marcalis-Warin, N., M. Trepanier and I. Peignier (Eds) Stratégies Logistiques et Matières Dangereuse, Chapter 7, Presses Internationales Polytechnique.

Verma M. and V. Verter (2013), “Railroad Transportation of Hazardous Materials: Models for Risk Assessment and Management” forthcoming in R. Batta and C. Kwon (editors) Handbook of OR/MS Models in Hazardous Materials Transportation, Springer, planned publication date March 2013.

Kucukyazici B. and V. Verter (2013), “Community - based Care for Chronic Diseases: The Quantitative Approach” Chapter 4 in G. Zaric (editor), Operations Research and Health Care Policy, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978 - 1 - 4614 - 6507 - 2_4.

Verma, M. and V. Verter (2012), “Security of hazmat transports by railway”, forthcoming in G. Reniers and L.Zamparini (eds.) Security Aspects of Uni - and Multi - modal Hazmat Transportation Systems, p pp 49 - 70, Wiley - VCH.

Bagheri, M., M. Verma and V. Verter (2012), “An Expected Risk model for Rail Transport of Hazardous Materials”, in Garbolino, E., M. Tkiouat, N. Yankevich and D. Lachtar (editors) Transport of Dangerous Goods: Methods and Tools for Reducing the Risks of Accidents and Terrorist Attack, pp. 207 - 226, Springer.

Verter, V. (2011), “Hazardous Materials Transportation”, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, published online DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0372

Verter, V. (2011), Uncapacitated & capacitated facility location problems, Chapter 2 in Eiselt H.A. and Marianov V. (editors) Principles of Location Science, pp. 25 - 37, Springer.

Aras, N., T. Boyaci, and V. Verter (2010), Designing the Reverse Logistics Network, in Ferguson, M. and Souza G., (editors) Closed Loop Supply Chains: New Developments to Improve the Sustainability of Business Practices, pp. 67 - 98, CRC Press.

Dasci, A and V. Verter (2009), “The Production - Distribution System Design Problem: Recent Advances”, in Floudas, C. and P. Pardalos (editors), Encyclopedia of Optimization Second Edition, pp. 3088 - 3098, Springer US.

Verma, M., and V. Verter (2008), “ The Trade - offs in Rail - Truck Intermodal Transportation of Hazardous Materials: An Illustrative Case Study“ in C. Bersani, A. Boulmakoul, E. Garbolino, R. Sacile (editors), Advanced Technologies and Methodologies for Risk Management in the Global Transport of Dangerous Goods, pp 149 - 168, IOS Press.

Erkut. E., S. Tjandra and V. Verter (2007), “Hazardous Materials Transportation”, Chapter 9 in Transportation, C. Barnhart and G. Laporte (editors), Handbooks in Operations Research and Management Science vol 14, Elsevier, pp. 539 - 621.

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 


2012: Best Advisor Award, Desautels Doctoral Students Society

2007: Service Prize, Canadian Operations Research Society


2012: Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund, Real Time Location Systems: An Opportunity for Improving Operational Decisions in Acute Care

2010-2015: NSERC Discovery Grant -- Individual, Design and Improvement of Healthcare Processes

2010-2013: FRSQ Team Grant - A. Guttman, (PI), V. Verter and E. Segal co - applicants), Hospital admission process for ED patients: Identification of steps and problematic delays associated with thisprocess and exploration of resolving strategies

2009-2015: NSERC CREATE Training Grant, V, Verter (PI), S. Blostein, M. Carter, M. Gendreau, B. Gendron, W. Michalowski, A. Pinsonneault, M. Puterman (co - applicants).Operations and Information Management in Healthcare, and matching grant from McGill University

2012-2016: FRSQ PDSI Grant – F. Beland, (PI) and 10 co - applicants, V. Verter (Partner) Optimisation de la valeur des soins aux patients par une organisation agile du système Hospitalier

2009-2012: SSHRC Research Grant – Team, V. Verter (PI), A. El - Geneidy and M. Verma (co - applicants), Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Urban Areas. 2009

2008-2011: SSHRC Research Grant – Team (T. Boyaci, principle investigator; V. Verter, co - applicat), Designing Regulatory Policies for Enhancing Material and ProductRecovery

2010-2011: NSERC Equipment Grant (B. Gendron, PI V. Verter and 14 co - applicants), High Performance Servers for Collaborative Research

2009: MITACS Project Grant, M. Puterman (project leader), V. Verter, D. Atkins, J. Blake, M. Carter, M. Queyranne, S,Shechter, D. Aleman, A. Ingolfsson, B. Kolfal, W. Michalowski, J.Patrick, J.Santibanez and G. Zaric (team members),Health CareOperations Research (MITACSconverted the grantinto industryinternships).

2005-2010: NSERC Discovery Grant - Individual, Facility Location Models for Designing Service Networks

2007-2010: FRSQ Team Grant (A. Guttman, PI, V. Verter, Co - PI, E. Segal, T.Boyaci and S. Ray co - applicants), Simulation - based decision support methodology: A tool for enhancing Emergency Department Management

2008-2009: PROMPT Grant, B. Segal (PI), M. Beique, A, Huang, L. Poisson R. Tamblyn, V. Verter (co - applicants), Wireless Healthcare: Implementation & Applications: Use of Wireless and Location Information in a Québec Emergency Room (allocated to the PI).

2008-2010: CIHR Seed Grant, Team (M. Carter Nominated PI, V. Verter, M. Afilalo, B. Schwartz, R. Shioda and W. Lou co - PIs ) What is Blocking Patient Flow? A Background Study on the Continuum of Care,
(allocated to the PI).

2005-2008: FQRNT Research Grant – Team (P. Marcotte, principle investigator; G. Savard and V. Verter, co - applicants), Optimization via Pricing

2005-2008: SSHRC Research Grant – Team (T. Boyaci, principle investigator; V. Verter, co - applicant), Firm - Level Analysis of Alternative Government Policies for Resource Recovery

2003-2008: CIHR New Emerging Team (NET) Grant – Team (R. Tamblyn, nominated principle investigator, L. Dube, P. Ernst, N. Mayo, A. Pinsonneault, and V. Verter, PIs), E - Integration in the Management of Respiratory and Circulatory Disease: Elucidating the Multi - Level Mechanisms that Optimize population Outcomes, (allocated to the PI).

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