Current & Past Fellows

Learn more about the Program's current and past Fellows.

 

Current Fellows


 

1st Year Fellows

 

Aaron Fishman, MBA

afishman@partners.org

Boston College

Aaron has had a wide array of healthcare-related experiences that ultimately led him to the Administrative Fellowship Program at MGH. From early high school through two years of college, Aaron worked in the Transplantation Biology Research Center at MGH as a laboratory technician. Through this experience he developed a deep interest in biology, though he decided not to pursue a career in medicine. After his junior year Aaron worked at MGH as an intern, splitting his time between the newly-formed Vascular Center and the Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Department of Finance. This exposure convinced him that a business path into the world of healthcare could be immensely rewarding.

After completing his degree in Biology at Boston College, Aaron began working towards his MBA, also at Boston College. This program gave him the opportunity to explore the industry side of healthcare—he worked as an intern at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. After concluding his internship though, Aaron decided to return to MGH as a fellow.

 

John Lavoie, M.Eng

jlavoie2@partners.org

Baylor University

John’s dedication to healthcare began as an engineer at Bayer HealthCare, where he assisted with the design and development of medical diagnostic equipment. Following graduate school, he joined the United States Army Medical Department as an Environmental Science Officer. While serving in a medical company during a tour with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, John developed an interest in administration and a passion for the care of soldiers and their families. Since the deployment, he has served as a deputy CIO for a medical brigade in Germany, a CIO for a medical task force in Afghanistan, and company commander at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA.

John received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He completed his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently in the residency phase of the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration.

 

Elisabeth Malin, MS

esmalin@partners.org

Harvard University

Elisabeth’s passion for healthcare was confirmed during her Mount Holyoke College years after several internships in the healthcare industry. These opportunities included, but were not limited to, an MGH internship conducting pancreatic lymphoma outcomes research, as well as an American Cancer Society fellowship placement at the Harvard School of Public Health conducting breast cancer and cervical cancer research.

After graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with her B.A. in History and Psychology, Elisabeth spent another year conducting cancer research before attending the Harvard School of Public Health for her M.S. in Health Policy and Management. It was during her graduate school education that Elisabeth found her love for hospital administration. Courses in health policy, healthcare law, and healthcare management combined with hospital administrative internship opportunities at the Harvard University Health Services and Partners HealthCare, redoubled her passion for the hospital administration field and inspired her to apply for the fellowship.

2nd Year Fellows

 

Saira Chaudary, MHA

schaudary@partners.org

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Saira discovered her love for the Healthcare field while participating in various internships throughout college. She spent her summer and winter vacations assisting at hospitals and research centers. She found Healthcare Administration to be a perfect combination of everything she enjoys—leadership, healthcare, economics, finance and law. After graduating cum-laude from Mount Holyoke College with her BA in Economics, she immediately decided to pursue a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

While in graduate school, she completed her one-year Administrative Residency at the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There she delved into projects dealing with physician productivity, the department’s budget, in addition to marketing and planning for a new clinical building at the hospital. After graduation, she worked at Lifespan as a Health Equity Analyst and tackled projects regarding budgets and helping prepare for incoming staff from a recently acquired Cardiology Foundation.

 

Katy Perkins, MBA, MSIS

keperkins@partners.org

Boston University

Katy first became interested in healthcare during high school when she worked at The Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston, TX. She continued to gain experience by working at Geisinger Medical Center during college. Following graduation she became a Research Coordinator for SpineCare Medical Group in San Francisco, CA, responsible for coordinating FDA trials and conducting the group's independent studies. During her time at SpineCare, she also managed the New Patient Department and carried out process improvement projects.

Katy received a BS in Math and Healthcare Economics from Bucknell University. She just completed an MBA in Health Sector Management and an MS in Information Systems at Boston University. While at Boston University, Katy interned at Children's Hospital where she participated in Lean management projects.

 

Past Fellows


 

Keith Marple, MS, MBA

Administrative Director, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care

Boston University

2011 - 2013 Fellowship Class 


Keith began his healthcare career at Maine Medical Center, an academic medical center in Portland, Maine. While serving in several roles across the institution and its corporate parent, Keith developed an enduring passion for the healing mission of academic medical centers. He decided to devote his career to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of medical care.

Keith received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine. He completed an MBA in Health Sector Administration and an MS in Information Systems at Boston University. While attending graduate school, he earned an internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he helped accomplish a full supply chain management redesign.

Outside of work Keith spends all of his time with his wife Yin and daughters Bea, Anna, and Kate. Together, they visit museums, eat well, travel, and generally have a good time.

 

Calvin Richardson, MHA

Program Director, Population Health Management

Yale School of Public Health

2011 - 2013 Fellowship Class 


Calvin’s interests in healthcare began as an undergraduate but further evolved while working for a health information technology consultancy in Boston. His work focused on leveraging electronic medical records in the active health management of low resource populations in and around Boston. His current interests include hospital operations and healthcare services delivery research and innovation.

Calvin received his AB from Dartmouth College in anthropology while minoring in health and public policy. He also received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Management from Yale University. While at Yale, Calvin interned under the Chief Quality Officer at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

When not at work Calvin enjoys the outdoors and being active in the Boston music scene. He runs, cycles, hikes and plays rugby as well as guitar and bass.

 

Lauren Lebrun, MHA

Project Director, MGPO

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2010 - 2013 Fellowship Class 

Before venturing into the administrative arena of healthcare, Lauren received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and went on to work on drug and vaccine research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at MGH.

While obtaining her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lauren completed a teaching assistantship in healthcare financial management and a summer internship within the Quality Strategies Department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Lauren, a Massachusetts native, is happy to be home and thrilled to return to MGH to pursue her professional interests which include hospital operations, process and quality improvement, and finance.

 

 


Doug Henderson, MBA

Administrative Director, MGH Department of Neurology

Boston University

2009-2011 Fellowship Class

"The Fellowship was an invaluable experience. Over the course of two years, I was able to work on a variety of interesting projects while rotating through key areas of the hospital. It also provided me the opportunity to see our hospital's leadership at work and to get a first hand account of how important decisions are considered and made at MGH. I am sure that the experience I gained and the network I developed during the Fellowship will last with me throughout my career."

Danielle Le Hals, MPH

Administrative Manager, MGH Radiation Oncology

University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

2009-2011 Fellowship Class

 

"The Administrative Fellowship was a wonderful experience for me in every way. The projects I've participated in over the two years have taught me critical skills in problem-solving, strategic thinking, and decision-making. Along with these technical skills, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from so many brilliant people across the organization. I am sure I will count on these relationships for many years to come. I feel confident that the fellowship has provided me with a strong foundation to be successful as a healthcare administrator."

 

Avital Levy Carlis

Director of Finance, MGH Cancer Center

University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

2008-2010 Fellowship Class

"The MGH Administrative Fellow experience has helped me tremendously. The unique opportunity to work with various departments exposed me to differing perspectives on complex issues, a myriad of role groups, and professional 'languages' that I otherwise would not have been exposed to. Analyzing problems from competing perspectives has helped in making key relationships and creating programs going forward. Everyday it is still clear to me how much I learned from the MGH fellowship program."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hood

Project Manager, Mission Bay Operations Planning

UCSF Medical Center

University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

2008-2010 Fellowship Class

"I truly enjoyed my time in the MGH Administrative Fellowship program. By rotating through multiple departments I was able to learn about a variety of subjects and connect with people across the institution. I gained much insight into how to get things done in a place of this size and complexity and the effectiveness of different management styles. Additionally, the mentoring provided by the senior leadership team during (and after) the program is a once in a lifetime opportunity. At the end of the two years I found the relationships that I built were the most rewarding part. I constantly draw upon things and people I learned through the fellowship and strongly believe I will continue to do so throughout my career."

 

 

 

 

Dee Dee Chen

 

Manager of Professional Staff Benefits

Harvard University, School of Public Health

2007-2009 Fellowship Class

"After spending so many years in school learning about finance, health policy, strategic planning, etc I finally had the opportunity to apply that knowledge and develop the practical skills that are so important to any organization. The MGH Fellowship experience was one of the most invaluable learning opportunities I have been afforded. During the fellowship, each rotation offered me an exclusive perspective from which to view the health care delivery system of a large academic medical center. Having these different vantage points fosters one's ability to think across different stakeholders, cultivating well-rounded, unique solutions, making an Administrative Fellow an attractive asset to just about any organization."

 

 

Olako Agburu

Olako Agburu, MPH, MBA

Market Access Manager, GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria

University of California, Berkeley

2007-2009 Fellowship Class

 

"This was an awesome journey! From beginning to end, there was never a dull moment in the MGH Administrative Fellowship program. My mentors allowed me to express and execute my ideas in a manner that exceeded my expectations and empowered me to explore and do more. My analytical skills were challenged, my team building capabilities strengthened and somehow I found the courage to confront difficult situations with innovative alternatives. The past 24 months set a firm foundation for my career in health care, and I look forward to exploiting what I’ve learned in all aspects of my life. Advice to future applicants: Embrace the challenge. Persevere!"

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Nguyen, MPH

Associate Director of Research Core Facilities, Partners Research Management

Yale School of Public Health

2006-2008 Fellowship Class

"One of the main reasons I chose the MGH Fellowship was to gain exposure to high level thinking and senior leadership at a major academic medical center early on in my career. The MGH has exemplary leaders who have created opportunities for me to observe and work on projects to advance my leadership, project management, strategic thinking and operational skills. The rotational aspect of the Fellowship provided me not only the competencies required of an effective administrator, but also the unique perspective on management seen from the bottom up (via my role as an Operations Associate during Patient Care Services Rotation) and the top down (via the Corporate/Public Affairs rotation.) It's undeniably a worthwhile and enriching experience."

 

Angela Marquez, MPH

Administrative Director, Division of Transplant Surgery

UCLA School of Public Health

2006-2008 Fellowship Class

"The MGH Administrative Fellowship has allowed me to participate in projects with various departments within the organization. Through each rotation and with each project, I have developed relationships with front-line employees, unit staff, managers, and the executive leadership team. This exposure has contributed significantly to my understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the various entities within the MGH and how they relate to one another. My experience has been enriched by the opportunity to work with so many employees at all levels throughout the organization. The MGH Administrative Fellowship is ideal for candidates who are self-motivated and interested in learning about health care management in a large, complex academic medical center."

 

Akinluwa Demehin, MPH

Administrative Director of Performance Measures, National Quality Forum

Yale University, School of Public Health

2005–2007 Fellowship Class

"The fellowship was awesome. You are exposed to a vast array of work settings and learning experiences. As I've made the transition into an administrative role at the MGH, I still find the broad organizational knowledge I gained through the fellowship valuable. I always felt my preceptors and mentors took my learning seriously and went out of their way to make sure I was getting something valuable out of my experiences."

 

 

 

 

Max Gomez, MPH

Director, Transformational Care and OR Operations, Catholic Healthcare West

Yale University, School of Public Health

2004-2006 Fellowship Class

"The administrative fellowship is like a liberal arts education in healthcare administration. Each rotation offers a new perspective and each new perspective contributes in a different way to the overall development ofone'sability to create and follow arguments, tease out the important from the trivial,understand new concepts, and adapt one's approach to designing and implementing solutions. With the healthcare industryevolvingat an increasingly rapid pace,the skills developed during the fellowship become invaluable to not only your success, but that of your institution."

 

 

Meg Vitter, MHA

Director of Pediatric Surgery, MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

2001-2003 Fellowship Class

"The fellowship allowed me the opportunity to rotate through a variety of areas in hospital administration and determine which of those best suit my professional goals and my personality. It was just as important to learn what I didn't like to do as it was to determine what work environments and activities I do enjoy. In each rotation I was also able to work w/ a different mentor and experience and learn from a variety of different leadership styles. This experience coupled with the tremendous support and guidance given to the fellows during their 2 year positions was invaluable. If given the chance to do over, I would choose the MGH Administrative Fellowship again. I don't know of any other first job positions post graduate school that allow you the exposure, the mentoring and the depth and breadth of experiences that are presented to you throughout the fellowship."

 

Shea Sherrod Asfaw

Chief of Staff, Office of the President

University of Michigan, School of Public Health

2001-2003 Fellowship Class

"As someone coming directly from graduate school with little work experience the MGH Administrative Fellowship was a perfect foundation for my budding career. Working on high level projects with senior leadership as well as assuming actual staff roles throughout various rotations provided me with a unique perspective in healthcare management that many never experience. Being able to move through different jobs and departments also helped me to define what types of roles that I really do and do not enjoy. Rarely a day goes by when I do not use some tidbit of information or lesson learned while in the fellowship. It has proven to be an invaluable experience."

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Paciello, MHSA, FACHE

Executive Director, Radiation Oncology

University of Michigan, School of Public Health

2001-2003 Fellowship Class

"The best part of the MGH Administrative Fellowship is the variety of hospital functions and role groups - at all levels - with which you have the opportunity to work and interact. By the end of the two years, I definitely felt like I knew how academic medical centers are structured and what is involved in making them run. I loved the fact that I was able to identify projects that interested me and then have people gladly welcome me to help out and contribute on those projects. The fellowship definitely fosters a spirit of learning, and the culture at MGH rewards and recognizes excellence and collaboration. I could not have made a better professional choice than electing to accept the MGH Administrative Fellowship - I credit it with laying a rock solid foundation for the rest of my career in hospital administration."

 

Heidi Model Collins

Director of Financial Applications, UCSF

Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health

2000-2002 Fellowship Class

"The breadth of scope for the fellowship opened up a lot of doors for me in my future positions. Being able to understand and follow a process across departments, divisions, and entities has been an important skillset. My Human Resources rotation also helped prepare me for the realities of managing and effectively motivating staff."

 

Javier Malave

Director Ejecutivo de Operaciones

Hospital Episcopal San Lucas (Puerto Rico)

1998-2000 Fellowship Class

"One of the main issues healthcare administrators run into is lack of credibility when it comes to clinical issues if you don't have a clinical background. The MGH fellowship experience allowed me to understand the importance of clinical judgment in decision making. The experience there made me aware of this to the point where clinical input factors into almost every decision I make. The difference in outcomes when you take this approach is incredible and it enriches the culture of your organization. When I started there I never thought experiencing the clinical setting would be the most important lesson I learned."

 

Sandy Dodge

Executive Director, MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Partners Pediatrics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health

1998-2000 Fellowship Class

"I wouldn't trade my fellowship experience for the world. I was able to test my skills from graduate school while also continuing to learn. The preceptors were exceptional and the project options never ending. This experience positioned me well for my first job out of the fellowship and prepared me for the work to come. I still maintain relationships with many of my preceptors and they have continued to help me learn and grow professionally. The fellowship was truly an invaluable experience."

 

Sally Mason Boemer

Senior Vice President of Finance and MGH Cancer Center

University of Michigan, School of Public Health

1993-1995 Fellowship Class

"Prior to the MGH Fellowship program I did not intend to pursue a career in Finance. The core rotations provided a unique opportunity to interact with and be evaluated by preceptors in a variety of settings. This structure provided me with the perfect mix of broad exposure and practical work experience that enhanced my understanding of hospital operations and has given me more credibility in decision making than a more traditionally trained CFO."

 

 

 

 

Gregory J. Pauly

Chief Operating Officer, MGPO

Ohio State University, College of Medicine

1992-1994 Fellowship Class

"I chose the MGH Fellowship in order to gain a broad exposure to hospital operations. Through the rotations a fellow is given exposure to several key areas and asked to work as both a line manager and staff/project manager. This experience allowed me to focus my interest in healthcare while at the same time it gave me a broad based understanding of the key interdependencies that exist within a hospital and how they work together."

 

 

 

Thomas W. Schultz

Director of Asset Management

Medical Properties Trust, Inc.

1973-1975 Fellowship Class

"I use the knowledge gained in the MGH Administrative Fellowship every day that I work. What I use ranges from conceptual and strategic thinking skills to knowledge of the details of the operation of individual patient care units. It includes a very keen appreciation of the physician-patient relationship that was garnered during my clinical administration rotation. Each additional rotation added skills and provided experiences which helped me grow both professional and personally. While health care technology and the delivery of it has advanced considerably over the past 35 years, most of the things I learned have not changed and are as critical to my success now as they were during my Fellowship. It was truly a transforming experience for me, personally and one that I cherish."

Positions Held By Former MGH Fellows

  • Chief Financial Officer, Partners HealthCare System
  • Chief Executive Officer, Barnes Jewish Healthcare System
  • Chief Financial Officer, MGH
  • Assistant Administrator, Charles River Medical Associates, MGH
  • Senior Project Manager, Partners HealthCare System
  • PACS System Manager, MGH Department of Radiology
  • Director of Primary Care, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization
  • Senior Consultant, MGH Radiology Consulting Group
  • Financial Analyst, MGH Budget Office
  • Administrative Director, Pediatric Surgical Services, MGH
  • Information Systems Consultant, MGH Clinical Information Systems
  • Vice President, Support Services, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Executive Director, Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
  • Executive Director, Primary Care, MGH
  • Senior Administrative Director, Radiation Oncology, MGH
  • Administrative Director: Burns, Plastic Surgery, & Trauma, MGH
  • Administrative Manager, Emergency Services, MGH
  • Administrative Director, Quality and Safety, MGH
  • Administrative Director, Division of Transplant Surgery
  • Senior Manager, Revenue Control and Cash Applications, Patients Accounts Department, Partners HealthCare System
  • Director of Core Facility Operations and Business Planning for BWH (Partners HealthCare)
  • Director of Health Management Program, Yale School of Public Health
  • Vice President, Health and Education, Boston Medical Center
  • Director of Clinical Operations - Department of Medicine, Brown University
  • Assistant Vice President, Clinical Services, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Senior Manager, KPMG/Peat Marwick
  • Director of Health Services, Salomon Brothers, New York
  • Administrative Director: Burns, Plastic Surgery, & Trauma, MGH
  • Administrative Director: MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety
  • Administrative Director: Radiation Oncology, MGH
  • Administrative Manager: Critical Care, MGH
  • Administrative Manager: OR Administration, MGH
  • Administrative Manager: Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Assistant Vice President: Business Development, Small Business
  • Consultant: Corporate Benefits, MGH
  • Law Student: University of Washington School of Law
  • Manager of Revenue Control and Cash Reconciliation: Patients Accounts Department, Partners HealthCare
  • Operations Manager: Cardiology, MGH
  • Senior Planning Specialist: Clinic Administration at Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Senior Project Manager: Massachusetts General Physicians Organization
  • Administrative Director, Division of Transplant Surgery, MGH
  • Director of Core Facility Operations and Business Planning for BWH (Partners HealthCare)

Graduate Programs Represented in the Fellowship

  • Boston University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Ohio State University
  • Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rush University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • The Wharton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University