Deo, Sarang

Professor, Operations Management
Executive Director-Max Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM)



Sarang Deo is Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. His primary area of interest is health care operations with special emphasis on investigating the impact of operations decisions on population-level health outcomes. He has studied the influenza vaccine supply chain and the phenomenon of ambulance diversion (in the US), the adult HIV treatment supply chains and the infant HIV diagnosis networks in sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently the TB diagnosis pathway in rural India. He frequently collaborates with international agencies such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.

Prior to joining the ISB, Sarang was Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. He was a management consultant in the Accenture’s Mumbai office before embarking on an academic career. Sarang has a PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management, an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and BTech from IIT Bombay.


  • Finalist, M&SOM Responsible Research Award. 2019
  • Professor of the Year Award for Core Courses. 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
  • Grand Challenges Exploration award for “Optimal Motorcycle Routing in Sample Transportation for Diagnostic Networks.” 2017
  • Alumni Endowment Research Fellowship, Indian School of Business. 2016-18
  • Distinguished Service Award, Management Science. 2014
  • Meritorious Service Award, Management Science. 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011
  • Meritorious Service Award, M&SOM. 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012
  • National Science Foundation (U.S.) grant for “Design and Control Principles for Mobile Health Care Operations Management: The Case of Asthma Control,” 2011
  • Grand Challenges Canada grant for “Multi-Pathogen Point-of-Care Diagnostics (MPDx) in East Africa,” 2011
  • Nominated for L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, 2011
  • 2nd Prize, Oikos case competition on Social Entrepreneurship for the case “Ndlovu: The clock ticks!” 2011
  • Exceptional Reviewer, Medical Care, 2010, 2009
  • 2nd Prize, M&SOM student paper competition, 2006
  • Doctoral Award, Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • Doctoral Fellowship, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2003–2007
  • National Talent Search Scholarship (India), 1993–2001

Courses Taught

Research & Publications

In The Media

Deo, Sarang (2012), Using Operations Management to Improve Healthcare Access, ISB Insight, December 31, 2012

Deo, Sarang (2012), When Hospitals Turn Away Ambulances, Kellogg Insight, June 04, 2012

Deo, Sarang (2012), Accel Partners, IDG Ventures to invest $5 million in Forus Health, Economic Times, May 01, 2012

Deo, Sarang (2011), Decentralization of resource-constrained networks, Pharmabiz, October 20, 2011

Deo, Sarang (2011), A Potentially Fatal Illness, An Unpredictable Vaccine, Kellogg Insight, April 01, 2011

Deo, Sarang (2009), Rational Rationing, Kellogg Insight, December 01, 2009