Sommer Gentry

  • Program Years: 2001-2005
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Optimization/Control Theory
  • Academic Advisor: Eric Feron
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2003)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
    M.S. Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research, Stanford University, 1998
    B.S. Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Stanford University, 1998

Current Status

  • Status: Associate Professor, Mathematics, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Research Area: Healthcare operations research, optimization, simulation
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  • Publications

    1. S. Gentry, E.K.H. Chow, A.B. Massie, and D.L. Segev. Gerrymandering for justice: redistricting U.S. liver allocation. Interfaces, to appear, Wagner Prize Issue, September 2015.

    2. S. Gentry, E.K.H. Chow, N. Dzebisashvili, M.A. Schnitzler, K.L. Lentine, C.E. Wickliffe, E. Shteyn, J. Pyke, A.K. Israni, B. Kasiske, D.L. Segev, D. A. Axelrod. The impact of redistricting proposals on health care expenditures for liver transplant candidates and recipients. American Journal of Transplantation, to appear, 2015.

    3. S. Gentry, D.L. Segev, B.L. Kasiske, D.C. Mulligan, and R. Hirose. Robust models support redistricting liver allocation to reduce geographic disparity. Transplantation 99(9): e159-60, September 2015.

    4. S. Gentry, D.L. Segev. The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry; how should we repair them? American Journal of Transplantation, online August 2015.

    5. S. Gentry, E.K.H. Chow, A.B. Massie, X. Luo, D. Zaun, J.J. Snyder, A.K. Israni, B. Kasiske, D.L. Segev. Liver sharing and organ procurement organization performance under redistricted allocation. Liver Transplantation 21(8): 1031-9, August 2015.

    6. S. Gentry, E.K.H. Chow, A.B. Massie, X. Luo, D. Zaun, J.J. Snyder, A.K. Israni, B. Kasiske, D.L. Segev. Liver sharing and organ procurement organization performance. Liver Transplantation 21(3): 293-9, March 2015.

    7. A.B. Massie, E.K.H. Chow, C.E. Wickliffe, X. Luo, S.E. Gentry, D.C. Mulligan, D.L. Segev. Early changes in liver distribution following implementation of share 35. American Journal of Transplantation 15 (3): 659-67, March 2015.

    8. S. Gentry, E.K.H. Chow, C.E. Wickliffe, A.B. Massie, T. Leighton, and D.L. Segev. Impact of broader sharing on the transport time for deceased donor livers. Liver Transplantation 20(10): 1237-43, October 2014.

    9. S. Gentry, A.B. Massie, S.W. Cheek, K.L. Lentine, E.K.H. Chow, C.E. Wickliffe, N. Dzebashvili, P.R. Salvalaggio, M.A. Schnitzler, D.A. Axelrod, and D. Segev. Addressing geographic disparities in liver transplantation through redistricting. American Journal of Transplantation 13(8): 2052-8, August 2013.

    10. S. Gentry and D. Segev. Fast-tracking and fairness: getting organ offers quickly to candidates who will accept them. Liver Transplantation 19(4): 358-9, April 2013.

    11. Melcher ML, Blosser CD, Baxter-Lowe LA, Delmonico FL, Gentry SE, Leishman R, Knoll GA, Leffell MS, Leichtman AB, Mast DA, Nickerson PW, Reed EF, Rees MA, Rodrigue JR, Segev DL, Serur D, Tullius SG, Zavala EY, Feng S. Dynamic challenges inhibiting optimal adoption of kidney paired donation: Findings of a consensus conference. American Journal of Transplantation 13(4): 851-60, April 2013.

    12. A.B. Massie, S. Gentry, R.A. Montgomery, A.A. Bingamin, D. Segev. Center-level utilization of kidney paired donation. American Journal of Transplantation, March 2013.

    13. N. Dzebisashvili, A.B. Massie, K.L. Lentine, M.A. Schnitzler, D. Segev, J. Tuttle-Newhall, S. Gentry, R. Freeman, D.A. Axelrod. Following the organ supply: Assessing the benefit of inter-DSA travel in liver transplantation. Transplantation 95(2):361-371, January 2013.

    14. L.F. Ross, W. Parker, R.M. Veatch, S. Gentry, and J.R. Thistlethwaite, Jr. Equal opportunity supplemented by fair innings: Equity and efficiency in allocating deceased donor kidneys. American Journal of Transplantation 12: 2115-24, August 2012.

    15. S. Gentry, D. Segev. The honeymoon phase and studies of nonsimultaneous chains in kidney paired donation. American Journal of Transplantation 11(12): 2778-9, December 2011.

    16. A.B. Massie, B. Caffo, S. Gentry, E.C. Hall, D.A. Axelrod, K.L. Lentine, M.A. Schnitzler, A. Gheorgian, P.R. Salvalaggio, D. Segev. MELD exceptions and rates of waiting list outcomes. American Journal of Transplantation 11(11): 2362-71, November 2011.

    17. D. A. Axelrod, A. Gheorghian, M. A. Schnitzler, N. Dzebisashvili, P. R. Salvalaggio, J. Tuttle-Newhall, E. Pomfret, D. L. Segev, S. E. Gentry, S. Hohmann, K. L. Lentine. The economic implications of broader sharing of liver allografts. American Journal of Transplantation. 11(4): 798-807, April 2011.
    18. P. R. Salvalaggio, N. Dzebisashvili, K. E. MacLeod, K. L. Lentine, A. Gheorghian, M. A. Schnitzler, S. Hohmann, D. L. Segev, S. E. Gentry, and D. A. Axelrod. The interaction among donor characteristics, severity of liver disease, and the cost of liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 17: 233-242, March 2011.

    19. D. A. Axelrod, N. Dzebisashvili, M. A. Schnitzler, P. R. Salvalaggio, D. L. Segev, S. E. Gentry, J. Tuttle-Newhall, K. L. Lentine. The interplay of socioeconomic status, distance to center, and interdonor service area travel on kidney transplant access and outcomes. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 5(12):2276-88, December 2010.

    20. D. Segev, S. Gentry. Kidneys for sale: Whose attitudes matter? American Journal of Transplantation, 10(5): 1113-4, 2010.

    21. S. Gentry, R.A. Montgomery, B. Swihart, and D.Segev. The roles of dominos and nonsimultaneous chains in kidney paired donation. American Journal of Transplantation, 9(6): 1330-1336, May 2009.

    22. D. Segev, L. Kucirka, S. Gentry, and R.A.Montgomery. Utilization and outcomes of kidney paired donation in the United States. Transplantation, 86(4):502-10, Aug 27 2008.

    23. S. Gentry, D. Segev, and R.A. Montgomery. Working together towards a national kidney paired donation program. Letter, American Journal of Transplantation 8(3): 722, March 2008.

    24. S. Gentry, D. Segev, M. Simmerling, and R.A. Montgomery. Expanding kidney paired donation through participation by compatible pairs. American Journal of Transplantation 7(10): 2361-2370, 2007.

    25. D. Segev, S. Gentry, R.A. Montgomery. Association between waiting times for kidney transplantation and rates of live donation. American Journal of Transplantation 7(10): 2406-2413, October 2007.

    26. C. E. Simpkins, R. A. Montgomery, A. M. Hawxby, J. E. Locke, S. E. Gentry, D. S. Warren, D. L. Segev. Cold ischemia time and allograft outcomes in live donor renal transplantation: is live donor organ transport feasible? American Journal of Transplantation. 7(1):99-107, Jan 2007.

    27. R.A. Montgomery, S. Gentry, W.H. Marks, D.S. Warren, J. Hiller, J. Houp, A.A. Zachary, J.K. Melancon, W.R. Maley, H. Rabb, C.E. Simpkins, and D. Segev. Domino paired kidney donation: a strategy to make best use of live non-directed donation. Lancet, vol. 268, p. 419-421, 2006.

    28. D. Segev, S. Gentry, and R.A. Montgomery. Relative roles for list paired exchange, live donor paired exchange, and desensitization. American Journal of Transplantation, 2006, February, 6(2): 437.

    29. D. Segev, S. Gentry, D. Warren, B. Reeb, and R.A. Montgomery. Kidney paired donation: Optimizing the use of live donor organs. Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 293, p. 1883-1890, 2005.

    30. S. Gentry, D. Segev, and R.A. Montgomery. A comparison of populations served by kidney paired donation and list donation. American Journal of Transplantation, 2005, August, 5(8): 1914-21.

    31. D. Segev, S. Gentry, J.K. Melancon, and R.A. Montgomery. Characterization of waiting times in a simulation of kidney paired donation. American Journal of Transplantation, 2005, October 5(10): 2448-55.


    1. Finalist, INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, 2014

    2. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2014

    3. Mathematical Association of America Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member, 2009

    4. Top Ten Abstracts award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons Winter Symposium, January 2009

    5. Top Ten Abstracts award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons Winter Symposium, January 2013

    6. Computational Science Graduate Fellows essay contest, 2008

    7. Faculty Special Act recognition award, U.S. Naval Academy, September 2006

    8. Featured Innovator (with Dorry Segev), TIME magazine, 2005

    9. Maryland Top 40 Professionals Under 40, Maryland Daily Record, 2010

    10. UNOS Transplant Management Forum Abstract Award, Transplant center initiatives to increase donation, April 2005

    11. Best Student Paper, IEEE Systems, Man, Cybernetics Conference, 2003