University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

William L. Cats-Baril, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Contact Information
Office: 312 Kalkin
Phone: 656-0510
E-Mail: William.Cats-Baril@uvm.edu

Office Hours: TH 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. and by appointment or by appointment

Dr. Cats-Baril is as an Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has been a Visiting Professor at several international institutions including the European Institute Administration at the University of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France; Reykjavik University; the International Management Centers in Budapest; the Executive Development Centre in Bled (Slovenia), and the China-Europe Management Institute in Beijing. Professor Cats-Baril teaches regularly courses on business strategy, customer-orientation and total quality management, and implementation of change in executive development programs in Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America. He has won several teaching awards including most recently the School of Business Graduate Teacher of the Year award in 2011.

He has developed curricula for executive training in a variety of settings. For example, he trained most of the Portuguese hospital administrators in management techniques and decision analysis through a 3 year grant from the US AID. Through a contract from ISC, Dr. Cats-Baril trained the staff of 50 of the most influential Ukrainian NGOs in consensus building and implementation of change. He has also developed professional continuing education and maintenance of competence programs for medical associations and financial institutions in the United States and Mexico.

Dr. Cats-Baril is a consultant with an international practice in organizational performance assessment, consensus building, and program evaluation. He has had several major consulting engagements with for-profit and non-profit organizations, government agencies, and political campaigns. His clients have included Airport Council International, AT&T, GE, and Hospital for Special Surgery, IBM, LVMH, Johnson & Johnson, Podrawka, TenetHealthcare, and Wyeth, among others. He directed as a consultant the design and implementation several outcome programs for several medical associations in the US. He is an expert in certification and maintenance of competence programs. In the last couple of years, he developed the overall strategy and business plan for the Global Training Hub, the training arm of ACI, the Geneva-based organization representing more than 1,600 airports worldwide; for the Academy for Environmental Health and Safety which is funded by the GE Foundation in Guandong Province, China; and, for the Academy of Medical Educators, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Dr. Cats-Baril has worked closely with the medical community, in particular the orthopedic and plastic surgery communities, for the last 25 years. He was a Principal Investigator in the Vermont Rehabilitation Engineering Center (VREC) where he developed a predictive risk model of low back pain disability. His research at the VREC won the Eastern Orthopedic Association Award for Spinal Research in 1988. Dr. Cats-Baril was the founder and President of Devanda Corporation, a company that developed expert systems in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain.

He has worked on numerous projects for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the Muller Foundation, the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC and has been a member of several task forces on outcomes studies, work related injuries, and the Worker's Compensation system. Dr. Cats-Baril has directed the development of a number of research instruments, including the North American Spine Society's Lumbar Spine Questionnaire, and the AMA's Patient Confidentiality and Medical Ethics Questionnaire and helped several medical societies initiate outcomes data collection programs. In particular, he directed, as a consultant, the design and implementation of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons program on outcomes and its program to assess patient satisfaction. He did the same for the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He has published several articles in the orthopedic surgery literature including pieces in Spine, JBJS, and the Journal of Occupational Medicine. He contributed a chapter on the costs of low back pain disability to the Adult Spine, which has become a standard reference. As a speaker, he has been invited to address the NIH Task Force on Chronic Pain and Disability on the costs of chronic pain and the Travelers Insurance Symposium on the costs and measurement of LBP.

Dr. Cats-Baril has also published over thirty articles and book chapters in the management literature on business strategy, conflict resolution and negotiation, and implementation of change. This work has appeared in Decision Sciences, Management Information Systems Quarterly, and the Public Administration Review. His book Systems to Support Health Policy Analysis was published by the Hospital Administration Press in 1992; a second edition is coming out later this year. The second edition of his book Information Technology and Management (McGraw-Hill/Richard C. Irwin; 2003) has just been translated to Chinese. His latest book on business process transformation and customer satisfaction is being reviewed by Addison-Wesley. He has authored more than 20 teaching cases and was featured on two video-series on increasing the effectiveness of public administrators sponsored by the American Society of Public Administration.

Dr. Cats-Baril has always been involved in management positions. He was Special Assistant for Systems Analysis and Policy to the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the University Health Center in Burlington. Dr. Cats-Baril was as a member of the leadership team of the Faculty Practice at Fletcher Allen where he created the Center Health Care Management. He was a founding partner and Chairman of the Board of Data Harbor, a consulting and data management company that specialized in developing and implementing medical outcomes programs. In that role, Dr. Cats-Baril consulted with more than a dozen medical associations and specialty boards, and several pharmaceutical companies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Verinform, Inc., a company that sells Graduate Medical Education software. Dr. Cats-Baril has always been involved in management positions. He is now Chairman of the Board, of CEPCEL, an internet-based business incubator in Mexico in the professional continuing education space.

His current research interests include the implementation of Electronic Medical Record systems, the design of integrated health care delivery systems, and the development of a predictive risk model of suicide in hospital in-patient populations.

Born and raised in Mexico City of French parents, Dr. Cats-Baril has dual French and Mexican citizenship and is a USA resident, and he is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He has two daughters and he is an avid world traveler, cyclist, skier, and mountaineer.



Publication History

Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Memtsoudis, S. G.; Hargett, M.; Russel, L. A.; Parvizi, J.; Cats-Baril, W.; Stundner, O.; Sculpo, T. P. - "Consensus Statement from the Consensus Conference on Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty Group" (Refereed) - Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Reserach - 2013 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Berman, J. R.; Aizer, MD, J.; Bass, MD, A.; Cats-Baril, W.; Parrish, MD, E. J.; Robbins,, L.; Salmon, MD, J.; Paget, MD, S. A. - "Building a Rheumatology Education Academy: Insights Gained from Assessment of Needs During a Rheumatology Division Retreat" (Refereed) - The Journal of Rheumatology - 2012 - v. 39, no. 6, pp. 1280-1286 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Berman, J. R.; Aizer, J.; Bass, A.; Cats-Baril, W.; Parrish, E. J.; Robbins, L.; Salmon, J.; Paget, S. A. - "Building a Rheumatology Education Academy: Insights Gained from Assessment of Needs During a Rheumatology Division Retreat" (Refereed) - HSS Journal (Hospital for Special Surgery) - 2012 - v. 8, no. 2, pp. 165-168 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Berman, J.; Aizer, J.; Bass, A.; Cats-Baril, W.; Paget, S. A.; Parrish, E. J.; Robbins, L.; Salmon, J. - "Creating an Academy of Medical Educators: How and Where to Start" (Refereed) - HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery - 2012 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Bridwell, K.; Cats-Baril, W.; Harrast, J.; Berven, S.; Glassman, S.; Fancy, J.; Horton, W. C.; Lenke, L. G.; Baldus, C.; Radake, T. - "The Validity of the SRS-22 Instrument in an Adult Spinal Deformity Population Compared With the Oswestry and SF-12: A Study of Response Distribution, Concurrent Validity, Internal Consistency, and Reliability" (Refereed) - Spine - 2005 - v. 30, no. 4, pp. 455-461 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sanders MD, J. O.; Polly Jr. MD, D. W.; Cats-Baril, W.; Jones, J.; Lenke MD, L. G.; O'Brien MD, M. F.; Richards MD, S. B.; Sucato MD, D. J. - "Analysis of Patient and Parent Assessment of Deformity in Idiopathic Scoliosis Using the Walter Reed Visual Assessment Scale" (Refereed) - Spine - 2003 - v. 28, no. 18, pp. 2158-2163 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Gibson, L. - "Evaluating landscape aesthetics: A multi-attribute utility approach " - Landscape and Urban Planning - 2002 - v. 14, pp. 463-480 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Assessment of postoperative vigor in patients undergoing elective total joint arthroplasty : A concise patient- and caregiver-based instrument" - Orthopedics - 1999 - v. 22, no. 1, pp. 119-128 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Keating, M.; Ranawat, C. - "The Vigor Instrument" (Refereed) - Orthopaedic Supplement - 1999
  • Dempsey, S.; zz-Gatti, J. F.; Grinnell, D. J.; Cats-Baril, W. - "The Use of Strategic Performance Variables as Leading Indicators in Financial Analysts' Forecasts" (Refereed) - The Journal of Financial Statement Analysis - 1997 - v. 2, no. Summer, 4, pp. 61-79 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Daltroy, L. H.; Cats-Baril, W.; Katz, J. N.; Fossel, A. H.; Liang, M. H. - "The North American Spine Society Lumbar Spine Outcome Assessment Instrument: Reliability and Validity Tests" - The North American Spine Society Lumbar Spine Outcome Assess... - 1996 - v. 21, no. 6, pp. 741-748 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Jelassi, T.; Teboul, J. - "Establishing a national information technology infrastructure: the case of the French videotex system" - Wiley Series In Information Systems - 1994 - pp. 73-98 [View publication]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Jelassi, T. - "The French Videotex System Minitel: A successful Implementation of a National Information Technology Infrastructure" - MIS Quarterly - 1994 - v. 18, no. 1, pp. 1-20 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Wyman, E. T. - "Working it out : recommendations from a multidisciplinary national consensus panel on medical problems in workers' compensation" - Journal of occupational Medicine - 1994 - v. 36, no. 2, pp. 144-154 [View publication]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Supporting executives in strategic decision making : ( an alternative paradigm ) " - 1991 - pp. 35 [View publication]
  • zz-Gatti, J. F.; Grinnell, D. J.; Cats-Baril, W. - "Making Transfer Pricing Fit Your Needs" (Refereed) - CMA: The Management Accounting Magazine - 1988 - v. 62, no. 5, pp. 40-49
  • zz-Gatti, J. F.; Grinnell, D. J.; Cats-Baril, W. - "Transfer Pricing Policy in a Dynamic Market" (Refereed) - Management Accounting - 1988 - v. LXIX, no. 8, pp. 30-33
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Huber, G. P. - "Decision Support Systems for Ill-Structured Problems: An Empirical Study" (Refereed) - Decision Sciences - 1987 - v. 18, no. 3, pp. 350-372 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Gibson, L. - "Evaluating aesthetics: the major issues and a bibliography " - NAL/USDA (United States of America) - 1986 - v. 5, no. 2, pp. 93-102 [View publication]
  • zz-Gatti, J. F.; Grinnell, D. J.; Cats-Baril, W. - "Joint Product Costing in the Semiconductor Industry" (Refereed) - Management Accounting - 1986 - v. LXVII, no. 8, pp. 28-35 [Show/Hide Abstract]
Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Designing Effective E-Learning Programs: Eleven Critical Success Factors" (Refereed) - International Public Management Association - 2007 - v. 73, no. IPMA-HR News (6), pp. 7-13 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
Conference Proceeding
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Sanders, J. O.; Polly, D. W. - "An Analysis of Patient and Parent Assessment of Deformity in Idiopathic Scoliosis Using the Walter Reed Visual Assessment Scale" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting - 2002 - no. April, [Show/Hide Abstract]
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Establishing a national IT infrastructure" (Refereed) - Strategies for e-business - 2006 - pp. 209-223 , [Show/Hide Abstract]
Book, Scholarly-New
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Alemi, F.; Gustafson, S. - "Health Policy Analysis (Book)" (Refereed) - Health Administration Press - 2005 - no. Fall, , [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Simmons - "Outcomes Assessment in the Information Age: Available Instruments, Data Collection, and Utilization of Data" (Refereed) - Instructional Course Lectures/American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - 1999 ,
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Information Technology and Management" (Refereed) - Irwin/McGraw-Hill - 1996 - pp. 528 , [Show/Hide Abstract]
Written Case with Instructional Material
  • Cats-Baril, W. - ""Bondseye": A data warehouse outsourcing decision" - University of Vermont - 2010 - pp. 20 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Autumn Harp: Utilizing I/T for Competitive Advantage" - University of Vermont - 2010 - pp. 20 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "RainWorx" - University of Vermont - 2009 - pp. 20 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Reengineering UVM's College of Medicine Curriculum (A), (B), and Teaching Note" - University of Vermont - 2007 - pp. 30 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "State of Vermont Tax Department: ERP Implementation (A)" - University of Vermont - 2006 - pp. 20 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "El Cruncho (A): The Hand-Held Project" (Refereed) - 2003
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Odyssey, Inc." (Refereed) - 2002 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Reinventing BurgerSupreme" (Refereed) - 2002 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Photon Motors" (Refereed) - 2001 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Vermont's Best (A), (B), (C), and (D)" (Refereed) - 2001 [Show/Hide Abstract]
Research Report
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Developing an Instrument to Assess Affective Response to Deformity in Scoliosis Patients and Their Parents" (Refereed) - Funded by the Scoliosis Research Society - 2001 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "TOPS: Designing a Universal Data Collection Portal in Plastic Surgery" (Refereed) - The American Society of Plastic Surgery & the Board of Plastic Surgery - 2001 [Show/Hide Abstract]
Technical Report
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Jelassi, T. - "The French Videotex System Minitel: A successful Implementation of a National Information Technology Infrastructure" - INSEAD - 1992 - pp. 35 [View publication]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Executive information systems : ( developing an approach to open the possibles ) " - Insead - 1990 - no. 90-37-TM-OB-SM, pp. 17 [View publication]
Working Paper
  • Cats-Baril, W.; zz-Gatti, J. F.; Grinnell, D. J. - "Strategic Performance Measurement: Identification of the Leading Indicators of Organizational Performance and Success" - Eastern Financial Association Annual Conference - 1999 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
Material Regarding New Courses/Curricula
  • zz-Kraushaar, J. M.; zz-Bovee, M. W.; Cats-Baril, W.; Chittenden, T. - "Curriculum Redesign - 1st Year Course: Management & Information Technology" - School of Business Administration - 2006 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
Other
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Outcomes Assessment in Periodontology: Results of a Web-Based Outcomes Assessment Program" - The American Academy of Periodontology - 2001 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Instructors Manual - Information Technology and Management" - 1997
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Customer-Driven Performance Index: Measuring Progress Along The Path To Continuous Improvement" - 1995
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Managing Information Systems Projects in the Public Sector" - Public Administration Review - 1995 - v. 55, no. 6, pp. 559 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Pam Linton: The Profile of an Entrepreneur" - Unviersity of Vermont Business School Case #IS-595-2 - 1995
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Pollution Solutions" - University of Vermont Business School Case #IS-595-1 - 1995
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Teaching Note: DEC MRPII" - 1994
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Test-Retest Reliability and Validity of the NASS Outcome Assessment Instrument for the Lumbar Spine" - Arthritis and Rheumatism - 1994 - pp. 37 (9): 225
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "A Note on Business Recovery Plans" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Dakin Farm (A): Mail Order Processing" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Dakin Farm (B): Evaluating Systems Alternatives" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Dakin Farm: Teaching Note" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "DEC MRP II (A): Achieving Class A" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "DEC MRP II (B): Sustaining Change" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Lessons From the 80s: The Tale of One MIS Department" - Information and Management - 1993 - v. 25, no. 6, pp. 313-323 [View publication]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Minitel" - Strategic Information Systems: A European Perspective - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Note on Manufacturing Resource Planing (MRP II)" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Grinnell, D. J. - "Replicating a Free Market for Internal Transactions: An Alternative Approach to Transfer Pricing" - 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Research on Industrial Economics - 1993 - pp. Sept. 4-7, Tel Aviv
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "State of Vermont: The HRMS Teaching Note" - 1993 - pp. revised
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "State of Vermont: The Human Resource Management System (B)" - 1993 - pp. revised
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Grinnell, D. J. - "Strategic Performance Measurement: Identification of the Leading Indicators of Organizational Performance and Success" - 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Research on Industrial Economics - 1993 - pp. Sept. 4-7, Tel Aviv
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Vermont Mutual (A): Disaster Recovery" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Vermont Mutual (B): After the Flood" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "Vermont Mutual: Teaching Note" - 1993
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Minitel" - 1992
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Minitel Teaching Note" - 1992
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "State of Vermont: The Human Resource Management System (A)" - 1992
  • Gustafson, D. H.; Cats-Baril, W.; Alemi, F. - "Systems to Support Policy Analysis" - 1992 - pp. 430 pages [View publication]
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "TDIC, Inc, (A)" - 1992
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "TDIC, Inc, (B)" - 1992
  • Cats-Baril, W.; Thompson, R. - "TDIC, Inc, Teaching Note" - 1992
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Teletel: An Industrial Policy Success" - America's Stake in European Telecommunications Policies - 1992 - pp. pp 123-148
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "An Overview of the Incidences and Costs of Low Back Care" - Orthopaedics Clinics of North America - 1991 - v. 22, no. 2, pp. 263-71 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Demographic Factors Associated with the Prevalence of Disability in General Population: Analysis of the NHANES 1 Database" - European Edition of Spine - 1991 - pp. May, Vol 16, No. 5
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Identifying Patients at Risk of Becoming Disabled Due to Low Back Pain: The Vermont Rehabilitation Engineering Center Predictive Model" - European Edition of Spine - 1991 - v. Volume 16, no. No. 6 , pp. pp 605-608 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Teletex: The French Videotex Experience" - 1991 - pp. 30 pages
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "The Economics of Spinal Disorders" - The Adult Spine - 1991 - pp. Volume 1, pp 85-106
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "The Total Hip Arthroplasty Outcome Evaluation Form of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Results of a Nominal Group Process" - Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - 1991 - pp. Volume 73, No. 5, pp 639-647
  • Cats-Baril, W. - "Risk Analysis Tools and Techniques in Software Project Management" - 1990 - pp. July INSEAD Working Paper, 30 pages