A two-phase method for operating room scheduling


  • José Francisco Ferreira Ribeiro São Paulo University – USP
  • Alexandre Bevilacqua Leoneti São Paulo University – USP
  • André Lucirton Costa São Paulo University – USP




Healthcare, Operating Rooms, Scheduling, Sequencing, Optimization


In this paper, a two-phase method and a computational program to perform surgery scheduling for operating rooms in a hospital are presented. In Phase I, surgeries are assigned to operating rooms using a generalized assignment model. In Phase II, a sequence for performing surgeries in each room is established. In the proposed method, Phase I maximizes doctors’ room preferences, taking into account the time available in each room, and Phase II establishes a schedule of surgeries in the rooms, according to doctors’ preferences for periods of day. The program was written in Visual Basic for Microsoft Excel and was tested as a surgery scheduling tool at St. Lydia Hospital, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.


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Author Biography

José Francisco Ferreira Ribeiro, São Paulo University – USP

Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade de Ribeirão Preto Departamento de Administração Professor Associado




How to Cite

Ribeiro, J. F. F., Leoneti, A. B., & Costa, A. L. (2018). A two-phase method for operating room scheduling. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 15(4), 471–480. https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2018.v15.n4.a1