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We have developed a methodology for allocating operating room capacity to specialties. Our methodology consists of a finite-horizon mixed integer programming (MIP) model which determines a weekly operating room allocation template that minimizes inpatients' cost measured as their length of stay. A number of patient type priority (eg emergency over non-emergency patient) and clinical constraints (eg maximum number of hours allocated to each specialty, surgeon, and staff availability) aredoi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602596 fatcat:gjhuskophjbxddzeuf3ssnss4a