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Rebeca Khorzad

Adjunct Lecturer


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences


Master of Engineering Management Program


Master of Engineering Management, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiories de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico


Rebeca Khorzad has worked for more than 10 years applying engineering methods in manufacturing and healthcare industries to design and improve processes; in healthcare this means better service to patients. In 2013, she participated in a national level innovation project in healthcare with the United Network for Organ Sharing and Northwestern University to re-design labeling of organs for transplantation. In this project, there were multiple engineering tools applied, such as failure modes and effects analysis, usability testing and simulation to design a robust labeling system for organs procured for transplantation (TransNet). Rebeca is also experienced in Toyota lean methods having worked at two companies that implemented Lean as their Quality Management System (Delphi Automotive and Pentair), both companies received the “Shingo award” for operational excellence.

Research Interests

Application of quality engineering methods and design thinking to healthcare challenges

Selected Publications

Abecassis Z, McElroy L, Patel RM, Khorzad R, Carol C4th & Mehrotra S. (2014) Applying Fault Tree Analysis to the problem of Wrong Site Surgery, Journal of surgical research. PMCID: PMC4268435

McElroy L, Khorzad R, Rowe TA, Abecassis ZA, Apley DW, Barnard C & Holl JL. (2015) “Fault Tree Analysis: Assessing the Adequacy of Reporting Efforts to Reduce Postoperative Bloodstream Infection”, American Journal of Medical Quality. PMID: 26646282

Prabhakaran S, Khorzad R, Brown A, Nannicelli AP, Khare R, Holl JL. Academic-Community Hospital Comparison of Vulnerabilities in Door-to-Needle Process for Acute Ischemic Stroke. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015; 8:S148-154.PMID: 26515203

Khorzad R, Montague E, Nannicelli AP, Woods DM, Ladner DP, Brown A, Holl JL. Redesigning Organ Transplant Labeling To Prevent Patient Harm and Organ Loss. Prog Transplant. 2018 Sep;28(3):271-277. doi: 10.1177/1526924818781574. Epub 2018 Jul 16. PMID:30012054

Krolikowski KA, Bi M, Baggott CM, Khorzad R, Holl JL, Kruser JM, Design thinking to improve healthcare delivery in the intensive care unit: Promise, pitfalls, and lessons learned.  Journal of Critical Care, 2022 Jan 29; 69: 153999,Doi: 101016/j.jcrc.2022 PMID: 35104692

Link to full list of publications