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We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Administrative Internship program. Thank you for your interest. Please check back for Administrative Fellowship updates in July.

CURRENT FELLOWS

Our Fellows have come to UCLA from across the nation and have completed their academic training at a variety of institutions.

Our current fellows are:



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Daniel D. Heffner, 2016 - 2017

Daniel D. Heffner is one of the 2016-2017 Administrative Fellows at UCLA Health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in 2005. Daniel is currently serving on active duty as a Major in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, and is a medical plans and operations officer. He joins UCLA Health having recently completed the didactic phase of the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration.

Daniel was most recently assigned to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School and U.S. Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence, where he served as the operations officer for the AMEDD Captains Career Course. Prior to that, he served as an instructor for the AMEDD Captains Career Course. Other previous assignments include aide-de-camp, clinic commander, medical planner, and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Daniel is passionate about finding solutions that improve healthcare delivery, especially, solutions that keep the most important stakeholder in mind: the patient.




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Drew J. Weil, 2016 - 2017

Drew J. Weil is one of the 2016-2017 Administrative Fellows at UCLA Health. He received a Master of Public Health from Yale University in 2016 and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University in 2013.

Drew completed a graduate summer internship with the National Health Service (NHS) in Stevenage, England where he worked in Hospital Operations. During his time with the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, he led local stakeholders to initiate primary palliative care and advance care planning pilot programs. Drew also analyzed key drivers of the hospital’s short-stay admissions, calculated geriatric clinic flows, and studied organizational similarities and differences to the U.S. healthcare system. While at Yale, Drew was elected as an Executive Board member and Committee Chair for the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Prior-to graduate school, Drew worked near Detroit, MI with St. John Providence Health System and their Physician Hospital Organization. While there, he developed and led the health system’s advance care planning program.





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Alan L. Kaplan, M.D., 2016 - 2017

Alan L. Kaplan, M.D. is one of the 2016-2017 Administrative Fellows at UCLA Health. He recently completed residency at UCLA and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Urology. Dr. Kaplan earned a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a medical degree from Tel Aviv University. Throughout his residency training he cultivated a research interest in value-based healthcare, health policy and organizational change management. He is enrolled in the fully-employed MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.





FORMER FELLOWS

With UCLA's strong alumni base, we can stay connected with former Fellows and encourage networking with current participants in the program. Most of our Fellows have accepted full-time positions at UCLA Health after their fellowship and serve as mentors for new fellows.


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Rojean Kashanchi, 2015 - 2016

Rojean Kashanchi was one of the 2015-2016 Administrative Fellows and is now the Manager of International Strategy. She received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2015 and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from UCLA in 2012.

She completed her summer graduate school internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) within the Global Services department. During her time at NYP, Rojean led a strategy initiative where her findings from an in-depth internal, market, and competitor analysis informed the hospital’s five-year international growth plan. She also oversaw a customer financial management initiative intended to streamline the patient onboarding process while reducing outstanding patient balances. Before graduate school, Rojean worked at Valley Presbyterian Hospital analyzing the effectiveness of community development programming and managing a variety of internal and external communication projects.




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John E. Thomas, 2015 - 2016

John E. Thomas, M.D. was one of the 2015-2016 Administrative Fellows and has returned to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine in 1996 and his medical degree from Tufts University in 2002. John is currently serving on active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, and is a practicing cardiologist. He joins UCLA Health having recently completed the didactic phase of the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration.

John was most recently assigned to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he served as the Chief of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Cardiology Services at Womack Army Medical Center. John’s primary interests, in addition to direct patient care, lie at the intersections of healthcare efficiency, quality, and safety.


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Drew Peterson, 2014 - 2015

Drew Peterson was one of the 2014-2015 Administrative Fellows and is now a Financial Decision Support Analyst. He received a Master of Public Health from Yale University in 2014 and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Stanford University in 2009.

He completed a graduate school summer internship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC), where he worked in the department of Strategy and Innovation. At SHC, he built the department’s mapping infrastructure, developed a database of market providers, and conducted a survey of clinic expansion opportunities. Before graduate school, Drew conducted research at the University of California, San Francisco, and was an English teacher in San Sebastian, Spain. While at Yale, he determined the feasibility of new transplant programs with the Strategic Planning branch of the Yale New Haven Health System and evaluated implementation of two service lines. He also analyzed the effect of state regulation on youth stimulant utilization with the Yale School of Management, and helped construct metrics for the Yale University Health Services to measure prescribing behavior and capture patient satisfaction.

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F. Marc Orcutt, 2014 - 2015

F. Marc Orcutt was one of the 2014-2015 Administrative Fellows and has returned to serve as a Healthcare Administrator within the United States Air Force. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Boise State University in 2009. He joins UCLA Health having recently completed the didactic phase of his concurrent Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration at the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program.

Marc is currently an active duty Captain in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps. His previous assignment was at the 9th Medical Group at Beale Air Force Base, where he first served as the Officer in Charge of the Medical Information Systems flight and led a team of eight IT professionals in support of 275 users and over $1M in hardware and software assets. Marc was later selected to be the Beale Medical Group Practice Manager (GPM) and oversaw all business operations for ten primary and specialty care clinics, including measuring and assessing clinical activities, improving product line performance, analyzing data and key performance indicators, and recommending organizational executive decisions and patient initiatives. As GPM, he transitioned the Family Health and Pediatric clinics to Patient Centered Medical Homes and contributed to successful inspections by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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Laura McDonough, 2014 - 2015

Laura McDonough was one of the 2014-2015 Administrative Fellows and is now a Provider Relations Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. She received a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Michigan in 2012. She completed her summer graduate internship at Intermountain Medical Center. At Intermountain she worked with hospital, medical group, health plan, and corporate leadership to understand critical issues and contributed to key initiatives including a comprehensive evaluation of ophthalmic surgical services, critical care planning, and clinical education innovation.

Before graduate school, Laura interned in Federal Legislative Affairs at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in Washington D.C. She also completed internships at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Government Programs and Corporate Compliance, aiding the health plan in adopting a compliance strategy for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and creating a new department for business compliance oversight.

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Lily Roh, 2013 - 2014

Lily Roh was one of the 2013-2014 Administrative Fellows and is currently a Director for the Faculty Practice Group (FPG) at UCLA Health. She received a Master's degree in Public Health from Yale University in 2013 and a Bachelor's degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University in 2011. She completed her summer graduate internship at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) in the Department of Clinical Quality and Effectiveness. At NYULMC, she worked on the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. During her time at Yale, she interned in the Department of Corporate Finance at Yale-New Haven Health System, aiding the health system with revenue cycle analyses and contracting in its transition post-acquisition of Hospital of St. Raphael. Additionally, she interned in Quality Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut, focusing on patient-centered care programming.


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Eric Harasimowitz, 2013 - 2014

Eric Harasimowitz was one of the 2013-2014 Administrative Fellows at UCLA Health and now works for the Directorate of Healthcare Business at the Naval hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire in 2008. He joined UCLA Health after completing the didactic phase for his dual Master’s in Business Administration/Master's in Health Administration at the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program. Eric is currently an active duty Lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps. His previous assignment was at Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA, where he first served as the Business Manager for the Directorate of Surgical Services, working directly with eight specialty clinics to enhance clinical performance and streamline procedures in pursuit of enhancing critical Access-To-Care (ATC) metrics. Later Eric assumed the role of Assistant Department Head of the Information Management Department (IMD). In this role he was responsible for managing 23 personnel as they provided technical maintenance and support to over 75 different software product lines and 1,500 computers. Midway through his tour at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Eric was selected to serve as a Tactical Operations Officer at the NATO Role 3 Multi-National Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating emergency aero-medical evacuations for wounded soldiers and local nationals throughout southern Afghanistan.


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Mike Burke, 2012 - 2013

Michael joined UCLA Health as one of the 2012-2013 Administrative Fellows. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance and his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Iowa. His graduate program included an internship at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa-shi, Japan where he focused on Joint Commission International preparation and pain assessment and awareness. Additionally, he worked in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa developing a strategic plan for inpatient and outpatient geriatric service lines at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. At the conclusion of his fellowship, he continued to work on developing system-wide dashboards for various departments and designing a more standardized approach to value-based care redesign initiatives. Michael is now in international development with UCLA Health and the UCLA Center for World Health to further UCLA’s global healthcare presence.



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Frances Watts, 2012 - 2013

Frances joined UCLA Health as one of the 2012-2013 Administrative Fellows. She previously graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and most recently from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a dual Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

 

Frances now serves as the Director of Operations for UCLA Health. Prior to the fellowship, she worked for Surgical Care Affiliates and ASD Management, both ambulatory surgery companies developing programs to increase referrals for centers and databases of monthly operations and financials. Her interest in health administration began with an internship in the Office of Health Equity at Baylor Health System in Dallas, Texas. There she analyzed clinical outcomes and participated in programs to assist special populations with chronic heart failure, diabetes, and certain neurological diseases.



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Catherine Bass, 2011 - 2012  

Catherine received her Master in Health Administration and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. During graduate school, she completed her Administrative Internship at St. John Health System in Tulsa, OK and interned during her final year in the Planning and Business Development Department at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Catherine served as the Administrative Fellow for UCLA Health in 2011-2012, where her project work centered around the management of new quality initiatives and UCLA’s five-year Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool (DSRIP) project. She continued her work at UCLA in Quality Management, serving the role of Quality Project Coordinator for the Health System. Catherine left UCLA Health to become an Emergency Department Nurse and is now a Quality Analyst at St. Francis Hospital.





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Randi Wiggins, 2010 - 2011  

Randi Wiggins joined the UCLA Health System as the FY11 Administrative Fellow bringing experience working in government, healthcare policy, and consulting. She recently graduated from the Yale School of Management with an MBA where she chaired the university-wide Yale Healthcare Conference. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Wiggins worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the legislative and executive branches. During her time with the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing, she researched and drafted portions of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Reform Law following which she worked for the MA Secretary of Health and Human Services in business policy and communication. Ms. Wiggins holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Child Development from Tufts University where she also served as a University Scholar of Citizenship and Public Service.




Catherine I. Duda

Catherine Duda, 2009 - 2010

Catherine received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, a Master's degree in Health Care Management and Policy from UCLA in 2005, and a Doctor of Public Health in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health in 2011.  Post fellowship, Catherine served as Manager of Strategic Development and Innovation at UCLA.  Currently, she is the Chief Administrative Officer for the UCLA Departments of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine.

 



Jeff Butler
Jeff Butler, 2008 - 2009


"Not only did I experience a year of learning and mentoring, but the opportunities that were made available to me after my fellowship were vast. The leadership and guidance that I collected from senior leaders will serve me well throughout the rest of my career." Jeff received his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Jeff worked at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, MA as the Project Coordinator for IHI’s Strategic Partners. There, he focused on quality improvement initiatives within large, nationally known health care systems. Jeff served as the administrative fellow for UCLA Health in 2008-2009. He has continued his work at UCLA in the Department of Radiation Oncology, serving the role of Chief Administrative Officer. Jeff moved into the role of Executive Director of Clinical Services, where his responsibilities included oversight of UCLA's Cancer and Transplant Service lines. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer of the Faculty Practice Group (FPG) at UCLA Health.




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