Top of Page
Skip main navigation

François Sainfort, Ph.D., FACHE

François Sainfort
Chair of Management, Director of Complex Health Systems Program, and Professor


  • PHD - Ecole Centrale Paris - Industrial Engineering and Management
  • MS - Ecole Centrale Paris - Industrial Engineering
  • BS - Ecole Centrale Paris - Nuclear Engineering

Born, raised, and educated in France, Dr. Sainfort earned an Engineer Diploma in Nuclear Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Management, all from the prestigious Ecole Centrale in Paris, France. Dr. Sainfort currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Management in the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), as well as Professor and Director of the Complex Health Systems MBA program. He is also a Professor of Population Health Sciences in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU. Dr. Sainfort is a Board certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Dr. Sainfort is an accomplished, internationally known expert in decision sciences, medical decision making, healthcare quality management and measurement, health outcomes research, cost-effectiveness research, and evidence-based medicine. Prior to joining Nova, he was a tenured full professor at the University of Wisconsin (Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine), a distinguished professor and associate dean at Georgia Tech (Industrial and Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering) and a distinguished full professor and division head at the University of Minnesota (Health Policy and Management).

Dr. Sainfort has tremendous academic leadership experience, having served in different roles over the course of his career, including, but not limited to: Division Head in a School of Public Health, Director of a large joint health research institute between two universities (Emory University and Georgia Tech), and Associate Dean for interdisciplinary research programs in the largest College of Engineering in the United States, Georgia Tech, with a focus on health-related initiatives.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sainfort’s research goals have been to understand individuals and organizations confronted with challenging health or healthcare management issues and utilize decision making principles and theories to develop and design tools, information and decision support systems and other interventions that can empower and assist individuals and/or organizations in making better decisions, managing health and healthcare issues and conditions, modifying health behaviors, and, ultimately, improving health-related quality of life and quality of care.

To date, he has received $57.1 million in extramural research contracts and grants, as principal or co-principal investigator from Federal Agencies, Foundations, State Agencies, and the private sector including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (including three RO1 grants), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (including two RO1 grants), the Centers for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Department of Defense. He has received uninterrupted research funding from Federal agencies from 1995 to 2017.

Dr. Sainfort has published 155 refereed scientific publications that have appeared in top-rated health care journals such as Health Services Research, Medical Care, Medical Decision Making, Medical Care Research and Review, Health Care Financing Review, Gynecologic Oncology, Psycho-Oncology, American Journal of Psychiatry, The Gerontologist, Diabetes Care, and Quality of Life Research. His research has also appeared in top decision sciences and management journals such as Operations Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Society for Health Systems, and Applied Ergonomics.

Dr. Sainfort has received numerous awards from various professional societies, including being named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE®), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders, in recognition for the impact I have made on the field of healthcare management.

Dr. Sainfort regularly consults for the healthcare industry, biomedical devices industry, pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies.

MGT 3020 Business Communication
CHS 5400 Translational Research in Complex Heath Systems
CHS 5500 Practicum in Complex Heath Systems
QNT 5160 Analytical Modeling for Decision Making
Operations Research and Health Care: Handbook of Methods and Applications
Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Julie Jacko & Francois Sainfort Patient Reported Outcomes for Women With Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer Based on a Web Platform For Learning and Preference Specification. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2018.

R. Champney, E. Baker, T. Schmidt-Daly, K. Stanney, K. Hale, R. Long, R. Chadderdon, Julie Jacko, Francois Sainfort, J. Chan, & A. Nelson An individualized approach to remediating skill decay: framework and applications. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference 2014.

Patient Reported Outcomes for Women with Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer Based on a Web Platform For Learning and Preference Specification, 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics , 2018, Orlando, FL

The New Business of Healthcare: MBA in Complex Health Systems, South Florida Health Care Network, 2018, Aventura, FL

Community Health – the Power of Information, Rotary Club, 2017, Dave, FL

Re-engineering Clinical Pathways: a Proposed Research Collaborative, , West Palm Beach VA, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Advancing Community Health: a Proposed Research Collaborative, Florida Blue and Guidewell Innovation, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Do you know where your workers and assets are on your construction site at all times, every time, in real time? We do, Third Annual Conference eMerge Americas 2017, Miami Beach, FL

An individualized approach to remediating skill decay: framework and applications, I/ITSEC Conference 2014,

Sensitivity Analysis for Medical Decision Models, Medical Decision Making 2012,

MedSIM Combat Casualty Training Consortium, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research 2012, Baltimore, MD

Decision Support Systems and Palliative Care, Gynecology Oncology Research Symposium 2012, Minneapolis, MN

A Framework and Standardized Methodology for Developing Minimum Clinical Datasets, American Medical Informatics Association 2011,

Do Laprascopic Virtual Reality Simulators Demonstrate Convergent Validity?, American Urological Association 2010,

Multi-Institutional Validation Study of an ASATS for Cystocopic and Ureteroscopic Skills, American Urological Association 2010,

Key Team Behaviors During in Situ Critical Events Using Behavioral Markers, Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2010,

Decision and Simulation Modeling for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Roles and Challenges, Third Annual Systems Engineering/Operations Research Conference 2010, Rochester, MN

Johannes Vieweg, Francois Sainfort, Julie Jacko, & Paula Wales (2020). Management principles to drive the creation of a 21st century medical school. HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine 1(1), pp. 15-25.

Francois Sainfort, Julie Jacko, & Johannes Vieweg (2020). Transitioning to Value-Based Diabetes Care – A Call for Action from the NSUMD Health Summit Task Force of Top Primary Care Providers in South Florida. HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine 1(2), pp. 93-105.

S. Petzel, R. Isaakson-Vogel, J. Cragg, M. McClellan, D. Chan, Julie Jacko, Francois Sainfort, & M. Geller (2018). Effects of web-based instruction and patient preferences on patient-reported outcomes and learning for women with advanced ovarian cancer: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 23, pp. 1-17.

S Gregory, K Kuntz, Francois Sainfort, & A Kharbanda (2016). Cost-Effectiveness of Integrating a Clinical Decision Rule and Staged Imaging Protocol for Diagnosis of Appendicitis. Value in Health 19(1), pp. 28-35.

M McClellan, R Karumur, R Vogel, S Petzel, J Cragg, D Chan, Julie Jacko, Francois Sainfort, & M Geller (2016). Designing an Educational Website to Improve Quality of Supportive Oncology Care for Women with Ovarian Cancer: An Expert Usability Review and Analysis. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 32(4), pp. 297-307.

A Wysocki, Mary Butler, Robert Kane, Rosalie Kane, Tetyana Shippee, & Francois Sainfort (2015). Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults: A Review of Home and Community-Based Services Versus Institutional Care. Journal of Aging & Social Policy 27(3), pp. 255-279.

C Schmitz, J Chipman, K Yoshida, R Vogel, Francois Sainfort, G Beilman, J Clinton, J Cooper, T Reihsen, & R Sweet (2014). Reliability and validity of a test designed to assess combat medics' readiness to perform life-saving procedures. Military Medicine 179(1), pp. 42-48.

L Poniatowski, J Wolf, Jr., S Nakada, T Reihsen, Francois Sainfort, & R Sweet (2014). Validity and acceptability of a high-fidelity physical simulation model for training of laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Journal of Endourology 28(4), pp. 393-98.

H Hong, B Carlin, F Shamlyian, Francois Sainfort, & R Kane (2013). Comparing Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches for Multiple Outcome Mixed Treatment Comparisons. Medical Decision Making 33(5), pp. 702-714.

R Vogel, S Petzel, J Cragg, M McClellan, D Chan, E Dickson, Julie Jacko, Francois Sainfort, & M Geller (2013). Development and pilot of an advance care planning website for women with ovarian cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Gynecologic Oncology 131(2), pp. 430-436.

Francois Sainfort & K Kuntz (2013). Informing a framework for deciding when and how a decision model should be added to a systematic review. Value in Health 16, pp. 133-139.

H Jalal, B Dowd, Francois Sainfort, & K Kuntz (2013). Linear Regression Metamodeling as a Tool to Summarize and Present Simulation Model Results. Medical Decision Making 33(7), pp. 880-890.

Francois Sainfort, K Kuntz, S Gregory, M Butler, B Taylor, S Kulasingam, & R Kane (2013). Adding decision models to systematic reviews: informing a framework for deciding when and how to do so. Value in health: the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 16(1), pp. 133-139.

T Shamliyan, J Wyman, R Ramakriushnan, Francois Sainfort, & R Kane (2012). Benefits and Harms of Pharmacological Treatment for Urinary Incontinence in Women: A systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine 156, pp. 861-874.

R Sweet, R Beach, Francois Sainfort, P Gupta, T Reihsen, L Poniatowski, & E McDougall (2012). Introduction and Validation of the American Urological Association Basic Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery Skills Curriculum. Journal of Endourology 26(2), pp. 190-196.

T Shamliyan, J Wyman, R Ramakrishnan, Francois Sainfort, & R Kane (2012). Benefits and harms of pharmacologic treatment for urinary incontinence in women: a systematic review.. Annals of internal medicine 156(12), pp. 861-74, W301-10.

T Shamliyan, R Kane, J Wyman, & Francois Sainfort (2012). Results availability from clinical research of female urinary incontinence. Neurourology and urodynamics 31(1), pp. 22-29.

W Riley, R Sweet, K Miller, S Davis, & Francois Sainfort (2011). Didactic and simulation nontechnical skills team training to improve perinatal patient outcomes in a community hospital. Joint Commission Journal on Quality & Patient Safety 37(8), pp. 357-364.

T Shamliyan, R Kane, J Wyman, & Francois Sainfort (2011). Results Availability from Clinical Research of Female Urinary Incontinence. Neurourology and Urodynamics, pp. 1-8.

P Svensson-Ranallo, T Adam, & Francois Sainfort (2011). A framework and standardized methodology for developing minimum clinical datasets. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science proceedings. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science 2011, pp. 54-58.

W Riley, H Parsons, K McCoy, D Burns, D Anderson, S Lee, & Francois Sainfort (2009). Introducing quality improvement methods into local public health departments: structured evaluation of a statewide pilot project. Health services research 44(5 Pt 2), pp. 1863-1879.

S Culler, J Jose, S Kohler, P Edwards, A Dee, Francois Sainfort, & K Rask (2009). Implementing a pharmacy system: facilitators and barriers. Journal of medical systems 33(2), pp. 81-90.

P Edwards, D Huang, L Metcalfe, & Francois Sainfort (2008). Maximizing your investment in EHR. Utilizing EHRs to inform continuous quality improvement. Journal of healthcare information management : JHIM 22(1), pp. 32-37.

C Korunka, D Scharitzer, P Carayon, P Hoonakker, A Sonnek, & Francois Sainfort (2007). Customer orientation among employees in public administration: a transnational, longitudinal study. Applied ergonomics 38(3), pp. 307-315.

I Scott, Julie Jacko, Francois Sainfort, V Leonard, T Kongnakorn, & K Moloney (2006). The impact of auditory and haptic feedback on computer task performance in patients with age-related macular degeneration and control subjects with no known ocular disease. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) 26(7), pp. 803-810.

J Beasley, B Karsh, M Hagenauer, L Marchand, & Francois Sainfort (2005). Quality of work life of independent vs employed family physicians in Wisconsin: a WReN study.. Annals of family medicine 3(6), pp. 500-506.

B Karsh, B Booske, & Francois Sainfort (2005). Job and organizational determinants of nursing home employee commitment, job satisfaction and intent to turnover. Ergonomics 48(10), pp. 1260-1281.

J Beasley, B Karsh, Francois Sainfort, M Hagenauer, & L Marchand (2004). Quality of work life of family physicians in Wisconsin's health care organizations: a WReN study. WMJ: official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin 103(7), pp. 51-55.

A Taveira, C James, B Karsh, & Francois Sainfort (2003). Quality management and the work environment: an empirical investigation in a public sector organization. Applied ergonomics 34(4), pp. 281-291.

D Gustafson, Francois Sainfort, M Eichler, L Adams, M Bisognano, & H Steudel (2003). Developing and testing a model to predict outcomes of organizational change. Health services research 38(2), pp. 751-776.

J Swan, Francois Sainfort, W Lawrence, V Kuruchittham, T Kongnakorn, & D Heisey (2003). Process utility for imaging in cerebrovascular disease. Academic radiology 10(3), pp. 266-274.

Francois Sainfort, B Karsh, B Booske, & M Smith (2001). Applying quality improvement principles to achieve healthy work organizations. The Joint Commission journal on quality improvement 27(9), pp. 469-483.

J Swan, D Fryback, W Lawrence, Francois Sainfort, M Hagenauer, & D Heisey (2000). A time-tradeoff method for cost-effectiveness models applied to radiology.. Medical decision making: an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 20(1), pp. 79-88.

Francois Sainfort & B Booske (2000). Measuring post-decision satisfaction. Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 20(1), pp. 51-61.

B Booske, Francois Sainfort, & A Hundt (1999). Eliciting consumer preferences for health plans. Health services research 34(4), pp. 839-54.

S Karon, Francois Sainfort, & D Zimmerman (1999). Stability of nursing home quality indicators over time. Medical care 37(6), pp. 570-579.

P Carayon, Francois Sainfort, & M Smith (1999). Macroergonomics and total quality management: how to improve quality of working life? International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics: JOSE 5(2), pp. 303-334.

S Wu, Francois Sainfort, R Tomar, J Tollios, D Fryback, R Klein, & B Klein (1998). Development and application of a model to estimate the impact of type 1 diabetes on health-related quality of life.. Diabetes care 21(5), pp. 725-731.

R Tomar, S Lee, S Wu, R Klein, B Klein, S Moss, D Fryback, J Tollios, & Francois Sainfort (1998). Disease progression and cost of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus: development and application of a simulation model. Journal of the Society for Health Systems 5(4), pp. 24-37.

G Arling, S Karon, Francois Sainfort, D Zimmerman, & R Ross (1997). Risk adjustment of nursing home quality indicators. The Gerontologist 37(6), pp. 757-766.

Francois Sainfort & B Booske (1996). Role of information in consumer selection of health plans. Health care financing review 18(1), pp. 31-54.

Francois Sainfort, M Becker, & R Diamond (1996). Judgments of quality of life of individuals with severe mental disorders: Patient self-report versus provider perspectives. The American journal of psychiatry 153(4), pp. 497-502.

Francois Sainfort & P Remington (1995). The Disease Impact Assessment System (DIAS). Public health reports (Washington, D.C.: 1974) 110(5), pp. 639-644.

J Ramsay, Francois Sainfort, & D Zimmerman (1995). An empirical test of the structure, process, and outcome quality paradigm using resident-based, nursing facility assessment data.. American journal of medical quality: the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 10(2), pp. 63-75.

D Zimmerman, S Karon, G Arling, B Clark, T Collins, R Ross, & Francois Sainfort (1995). Development and testing of nursing home quality indicators. Health care financing review 16(4), pp. 107-127.

Francois Sainfort, J Ramsay, & H Monato, Jr (1995). Conceptual and methodological sources of variation in the measurement of nursing facility quality: an evaluation of 24 models and an empirical study. Medical care research and review: MCRR 52(1), pp. 60-87.

Francois Sainfort, J Ramsay, P Ferreira, & L Mezghani (1994). A first step in total quality management of nursing facility care: development of an empirical causal model of structure, process and outcome dimensions.. American journal of medical quality: the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 9(2), pp. 74-86.

D Zimmerman, T Collins, E Lipowski, & Francois Sainfort (1994). Evaluation of a DUR intervention: a case study of histamine antagonists. Inquiry: a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing 31(1), pp. 89-101.

C Palmer & Francois Sainfort (1993). Toward a new conceptualization and operationalization of risk perception within the genetic counseling domain. Journal of genetic counseling 2(4), pp. 275-294.

M Becker, R Diamond, & Francois Sainfort (1993). A new patient focused index for measuring quality of life in persons with severe and persistent mental illness.. Quality of life research: an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 2(4), pp. 239-251.

D Gustafson, Francois Sainfort, S Johnson, & M Sateia (1993). Measuring quality of care in psychiatric emergencies: construction and evaluation of a Bayesian index. Health services research 28(2), pp. 131-158.

Francois Sainfort (1991). Evaluation of medical technologies: a generalized ROC analysis.. Medical decision making: an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 11(3), pp. 208-220.

D Gustafson, Francois Sainfort, R Van Konigsveld, & D Zimmerman (1990). The Quality Assessment Index (QAI) for measuring nursing home quality. Health services research 25(1 Pt 1), pp. 97-127.

Return to top of page