UCL School of Management

Mecit Can Emre Simsekler

Honorary Research Fellow


Dr. Mecit Can Emre Simsekler is an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi; and an Honorary Research Associate at the University College London (UCL) School of Management, London. In addition, he is a Visiting Scholar at Boston Children’s Hospital (Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School), and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Simsekler obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2015. During his PhD, he was a visiting researcher in the Center for Medical Innovation System at the University of Tokyo in Summer 2012, and in the Center for Patient Safety and Quality Research at Boston Children’s Hospital in Summer 2014. After completing his PhD, he worked as a Research Associate at the UCL School of Management between 2015 and 2016.


Dr Simsekler’s research interests span healthcare analytics and management to improve operational and safety outcomes and accelerate risk-based decision-making. Leveraging systems thinking, management science and data science principles, he explores innovative approaches and digital technologies to help healthcare organizations transform their operations strategy, risk management policy and organizational culture.

He has served as an investigator and co-investigator on several research grants to improve healthcare operations. Dr. Simsekler is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), European Operations Management Association (EUROMA) and the Q Community.
Selected publications
Simsekler, M. C. E., Gurses, A. P., Smith, B. E., & Ozonoff, A. (2019). Integration of multiple methods in identifying patient safety risks. Safety Science. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2019.05.057 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2018). Design for patient safety: a systems-based risk identification framework. ERGONOMICS, 61 (8), 1046-1064. doi:10.1080/00140139.2018.1437224 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2018). Evaluation of system mapping approaches in identifying patient safety risks. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE, 30 (3), 227-233. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzx176 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Card, A. J., Ruggeri, K., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2015). A comparison of the methods used to support risk identification for patient safety in one UK NHS foundation trust. Clinical Risk. doi:10.1177/1356262215580224 [link]
Yetisen, A. K., Martinez-Hurtado, J. L., Vasconcellos, F. D. C., Simsekler, M. C. E., Akram, M. S., & Lowe, C. R. (2014). The regulation of mobile medical applications. LAB ON A CHIP, 14 (5), 833-840. doi:10.1039/c3lc51235e [link]
Card, A. J., Simsekler, M. C. E., Clark, M., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2014). Use of the Generating Options for Active Risk Control (GO-ARC) Technique can lead to more robust risk control options. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 26, 199-211. doi:10.3233/JRS-140636 [link]