M. Gabriela Sava


M. Gabriela Sava, Ph.D.

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-3348
  • Email: msava@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 302 Maurer Center

M. Gabriela Sava is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research at Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University. Her research is focused on all aspects of healthcare analytics, particularly the application of decision models to problems associated with preventive healthcare services. As healthcare providers shift their focus from treatment to prevention, the preventive healthcare services area offers a variety of opportunities for study from an analytical perspective. A better understanding of the field could help in the design of improved preventive healthcare services and policies that would be simultaneously patient-centered, personalized, and cost-efficient.

Gabriela is the Winner of the 2020 INFORMS MCDM Junior Researcher Best Paper Award and of the 2021 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business. Gabriela was awarded the 2017 One-year Accelerate (OYA) grant from Clemson University, the 2018 Transformative Research Seed Grant, Greenville Health System, Health Sciences Center and the 2020 and 2022 Summer Research grant from Clemson University. Gabriela is a member of INFORMS, DSI, POMS, IISE, SMDM and she is a reviewer for European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering.


University of Pittsburgh, The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business - Pittsburgh, PA 2016

  • PhD in Business Analytics and Operations
  • Dissertation: "Contributions to the Theory of Sensitivity and Stability Analysis of Multi-criteria Decision Models, with Applications to Medical Decision Making"
  • Committee: Luis G. Vargas; James G. Dolan; Jerrold H. May; Jennifer Shang; Youxu C. Tjader

Bucharest University of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania 2009

  • Diploma of Postgraduate Studies: Financial Audit and Business Consulting - Summer 2018, Summer 2019

University of Bucharest Bucharest, Romania 2009

  • B.A. in Communication Sciences

Bucharest University of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania 2008

  • B.S. in Economic Cybernetics
  • Certificate of Completion in Teaching, Department for Teaching Staff Professional Development


Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

  • Assistant Professor, Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business - 2023 to date

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

  • Assistant Professor, Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business 2016-2023
  • Faculty Scholar, Clemson School of Health Research (CUSHR) - 2018-2023

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Visiting Lecturer, Executive MBA Program, The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business - Summer 2018, Summer 2019
  • Lecturer, College of Business Administration - 2013-2016
  • Lecturer, The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business - 2014-2016
  • Healthcare analytics
  • Healthcare operations management
  • Medical decision-making
  • Multi-criteria decision-making
  • Theoretical development of Analytic Hierarchy Process/Analytic Network Process (AHP/ANP) models
  1. Wendie A. Bergii, Andriy I. Bandos, M. Gabriela Sava, (2023) “Analytic Hierarchy Process analysis of patient preferences for contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM) versus MRI as supplemental screening options for breast cancer”. Forthcoming in Journal of the American College of Radiology
  2. M. Gabriela Sava, Alia Stanciu, James G. Dolanii, Jerrold H. May, Luis G. Vargas (2022) “Implications of the stability analysis of preferences for personalized colorectal cancer screening” Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. 29(3-4):244-258.
  3. M. Gabriela Sava, Jerrold H. May, Jennifer Shang, Luis G. Vargas, James G. Dolanii (2022) “A unified framework for preventive healthcare service design: patient-physician collaboration.” Journal of the Operational Research Society. 73(6):1211-1226.
  4. M. Gabriela Sava, Ronald G. Pirralloii, Brian C. Helsel[1], Jingyuan Tiani, Kuang-Ching Wang, John Bruchii, Ronald W. Gimbel (2021) “Diabetic patient surveillance embedded in the Emergency Department: proof of concept and opportunities.” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 22(3):636-643.
  5. M. Gabriela Sava, Luis G. Vargas, Jerrold H. May, James G. Dolanii (2022) “Multi-dimensional stability analysis for Analytic Network Process models.” Annals of Operations Research. 316:1401-1424.
    • Finalist, INFORMS MCDM Junior Researcher Best Paper Award, 2021
  6. M. Gabriela Sava, Luis G. Vargas, Jerrold H. May, James G. Dolan[2] (2020) “An analysis of the sensitivity and stability of patients’ preferences can lead to more appropriate medical decisions.” Annals of Operations Research. 293(2):863-901. 
    • Winner, INFORMS MCDM Junior Researcher Best Paper Award, 2020.
  7. M. Gabriela Sava, James G. Dolanii, Jerrold H. May, Luis G. Vargas (2018) “A personalized approach of the patient-healthcare provider communication regarding the colorectal cancer screening options.” Medical Decision Making. 38(5):601-613.
  8. Victoria Fratto, M. Gabriela Sava, Gregory Krivacek (2016) “The impact of an online homework management system on student performance and course satisfaction in introductory financial accounting.” International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education. 12(3):76-87.
  9. Stelian Stancu, Maria Stanciu, Marilena Stancu, M. Gabriela Sava (2007) “The study of indicators of the economic growth at the level of Romanian economy.” Manager Journal. 5(1):37-44.

Updated: 06/20/2024 11:24AM