Decision Modeling Lab

Started in 2022, the Decision Modeling lab within the Clinical and Health Informatics Research Group at McGill University has a mission of enabling the efficient and effective use of finite healthcare resources. To do so, we develop data-driven analyses that inform decisions in health policy and clinical practice. Our interdisciplinary research employs methods in decision analysis, simulation, health economics, operations research, and data science. Current projects are focused on informing the use of blood donor data for population health surveillance and assessing the health-economic impact of patient portal technology.

Lab Lead


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W. Alton Russell

Assistant Professor

Alton Russell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at McGill University in Montreal. Prior to joining McGill in 2022, he received undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University in Industrial Engineering and Interdisciplinary Studies with a Global Health concentration, he then received Masters and Doctoral degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment and Harvard Medical School. As a researcher, Alton has developed decision analytic models and data-driven analyses for multiple areas of health policy and clinical practice, including blood donation and transfusion, managing pediatric kidney disease, opioid use disorder and overdose,  and gastroenterology.