Program Benefits

The program provides a foundation in leadership skills that are transferable to many career paths in health care management. Specifically, the program will enhance and develop an individual's analytical, communications, project management, organizational and leadership skills.

Current Fellows

Claire Knutson, MHA - 2022-2024

Claire KnutsonOriginally from Minneapolis, MN, Claire received her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Policy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. During her undergraduate career, Claire gained experience interning with the local healthcare system, CHI Health, working alongside the Quality and Patient Safety initiative team. Claire also joined a faculty-led program abroad to Mwanza, Tanzania, where a group of students traveled to observe local healthcare practices and examine the perceptions of health in Tanzania. After undergrad, Claire worked for 2 years at the American Academy of Neurology ("AAN"), serving as the Senior Education and Research Coordinator. In this role, Claire gained experience with credentialing and continuing medical education and worked closely with AAN’s “Academic Initiative” to support neurologists in academic medicine. In September of 2020, Claire returned to school to complete her Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Minnesota. During the summer of her graduate program, Claire completed a summer internship at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. While at UCHealth, Claire worked with the Capacity Management team, creating recommendations for ways to reduce patient wait times for procedures. As a first-year fellow, Claire’s main interests include healthcare strategy, population health, and process improvement. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at her family cabin in the UP, traveling, trying new foods, and watching hockey.

Julia Nevison, MHA - 2022-2024

Julia NevisonJulia is originally from Port Huron, MI. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. During her undergraduate career, she gained hands-on clinical experience working as a technician in the inpatient rehab department at Michigan Medicine and administrative experience as the student coordinator for the University of Michigan’s Information and Technology Services department. She then went on to receive her Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. While a graduate student, she conducted research through the UNC School of Medicine on patient-reported outcome studies, managing the recruitment and enrollment of patients in surgical oncology. She completed a summer internship at Novant Matthews Medical Center, leading operational and performance improvement projects throughout a small community-based hospital. As a first-year fellow, Julia is interested in developing her skills further in areas of operations, finance and clinic management. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, backpacking, exploring museums, and playing board-games.

Shruti Patel, MHA - 2022-2024

Shruti PatelShruti is from Asheville, NC and received her bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She continued her education at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. to pursue her Master’s in Health Administration. After her first year of graduate school, Shruti completed a graduate administrative internship with the Primary Care PCC at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her objective in this internship was to support the department in completing their annual NCQA PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home) certification for 19 clinics across the middle Tennessee region. Shruti’s main role was to supervise a quarterly quality improvement project necessary for PCMH certification, which focused on reducing missed opportunities in follow-up scheduling for patients in critical demographics. After completing this project, Shruti took part in validating data to develop the focus for the quality improvement project for the next quarter. Other responsibilities she carried out include conducting FTE staff ratios for the department to support department staffing requests, leading monthly practice performance meetings at clinics, creating a unit orientation manual for primary care float pool nurses, and supporting implementation of RetinaVue Imagers into select primary care practice locations. As a first year fellow Shruti’s main interests are quality improvement, finance, and sustainability in healthcare. In her free time, Shruti enjoys spending time with her dog Paisley, taking spin class, watching Carolina Basketball, and traveling.

Cassidy Johnson, MHSA - 2021-2023

Jason BattagliaCassidy received her bachelor's degree in Community and Global Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She went on to earn her Master of Health Services Administration also from UM SPH, where she was involved in COVID-19 prevention, tracking, and treatment efforts through the Washtenaw County Health Department and through a joint effort between Michigan Medicine’s Offices of Virtual Care and Patient Experience. As a first year fellow, Cassidy completed projects within the Office of Patient Safety developing the Executive Sponsor Program for serious safety event reviews, the Department of Otolaryngology implementing a new provider scheduling and analytics system, and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation redesigning their faculty compensation plan. Cassidy is completing her second-year immersion within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Administration, working on initiatives to advance our strategic priorities, and continuing to grow her interests in business development, strategy, and operations. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, camping in northern Michigan, playing cards, and spending time at the lake.

Tanner Vincent, MHSA - 2021-2023

David SpattTanner received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and History from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also competed on the Division 3 Swimming and Diving team while in school there. He started working at Michigan Medicine after graduation, first in a work-study role as a Patient Services Assistant with Pediatric Otolaryngology. He then worked for two years in a full-time position as a Clinic Support Specialist with Psychiatry in their outpatient and addiction treatment services while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In the first year of his fellowship, Tanner completed projects with the Office of Faculty Affairs in tracking faculty leadership roles, the Division of General Medicine in implementing a team-based care pilot, and with the Department of Pediatrics in faculty compensation redesign. In his second year, he will be working in Pediatric Cardiology in a dual project/operations management role as well as continuing his work with the Department of Pediatrics compensation redesign. His interests include growing in operations, finance, and process improvement. He is an avid runner and referees high school and adult soccer.



Selected Projects Undertaken by Previous Michigan Medicine Administrative Fellows

Process Improvement Strategy Marketing Operations
Emergency Department Patient Flow Analysis Created infrastructure for Nurse Magnet Recognition process Analysis for outpatient facility expansion Serve as interim clinic coordinator in Department of Ophthalmology
Care Management Program Implementation Develop cross-divisional strategic plan for Department of Urology New program analysis for ambulatory surgery center Electronic Medical Record Optimization
Improved patient rehabilitation therapy CMS 3-hour rule compliance Create business plan for creation of a community physician track Created strategic priorities for marketing a clinical service line based on key metrics (i.e. access, OR utilization) Create an inpatient return transfer process for University Hospital
Business Development Financial Analysis Human Resources Population Health
Cancer Center Market Analysis Department Financial Benchmarking Support department regarding labor-relations initiatives Community Benefit Report
New center of excellence business proposal Graduate Medical Education Budget Project Create dashboard with key nurse retention and recruitment metrics Co-lead implementation of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) payment model
New service line proposal Year-end financial analysis of collaborative relationship with local community hospital Design and implement faculty-specific recruitment toolkit Home health network analysis

Previous Fellows and Their Current Professional Positions

Year of Fellowship Name Graduate Program Current Position Organization
2021 - 2022 Kendall Huizenga University of Michigan Director of Strategic Initiatives Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine
2021 - 2022 Heidi Moreland The George Washington University Project Manager Sharp HelathCare
2021 - 2022 Ann Starling University of Illinois Chicago Administrative Manager Department of Urology & Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2019 - 2021 Matt Jerome University of Iowa Business Consultant Wellness Office, Michigan Medicine
2019 - 2021 Rob Loof University of Missouri Administrative Manager Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center, Michigan Medicine
2019 - 2021 Henry Soderberg University of Minnesota Senior Clinical Associate Bright Health Group
2018 - 2020 Swati Bajpayee Johns Hopkins University Section Administrator Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Michigan Medici
2018 - 2020 Jennifer Egan Tulane University Project Manager Section of Plastic Surgery and the Comprehensive Hand Center, Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine
2018 - 2020 DeAnthony Hardison Columbia University Ambulatory Practice Manager MedStar Washington Hospital Center
2017 - 2019 Taylor Winn Rush University Division Administrator Adolescent Medicine, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, Michigan Medicine

2016 - 2018

Jason Battaglia University of Minnesota Manager of Strategic Initiatives Department of Radiology, Michigan Medicine
2016 - 2018 David Spatt University of Colorado - Denver Practice and Operations Manager Children's Hospital Colorado (Denver)
2015 - 2017 Hillary Gallagher The Ohio State University Asst. Department Business Officer UC San Diego Health
2015 - 2017 Sangeeta Vijayagopolan University of Minnesota Health Center Administrator Duke Primary Care
2014 - 2016 Christopher Nagata University of Arizona Vascular and Cardiac Surgery Administrator Northwestern Medicine
2014 - 2016 David Cruz University of Michigan Senior Enterprise Improvement Advisory Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2013 - 2015 Kristin Bernstein University of Minnesota Chief Department Administrator Department of Dermatology, Michigan Medicine
2013 - 2015 Mike Rose The Ohio State University Surgery Center Director Desert Orthopaedic Center
2012 - 2014 Heather Burke Rush University Division Administrator, Breast Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care Surgery Northwestern Medicine
2012 - 2014 Patrick Brady Emory University Manager Data & Methods Hub, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Michigan Medicine
2011 - 2013 Meghan Moore University of Michigan Quality and Strategy Programs Administrator U-M Medical Group - Surgical Services, Michigan Medicine
2010 - 2012 Katie Konson University of Michigan Project Manager University Hospital (UH), Michigan Medicine
2010 - 2012 Safia Al-Kharsa University of Michigan Independent Consultant Consultancy (International Consulting)
2009 - 2011 Marisa Rodriguez University of Michigan Chief Department Administrator Department of Radiology, Michigan Medicine
2008 - 2010 Christine La Jeunesse University of Michigan Administrative Director Congenital Heart Center, Michigan Medicine
2007 - 2009 Carolina Typaldos University of Michigan Administrative Manager Children & Women's Mott Administration, Michigan Medicine
2006 - 2008 Amy Huang University of Michigan Director of Asia Programs and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Global Reach, Michigan Medicine
2005 - 2007 Aarti Aurora (Porwal) University of Michigan Director Strategic Initiatives, Stanford University School of Medicine
2004 - 2006 Kendra (Brown) Jackson University of Michigan Director, Clinical Affairs Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine
1981 - 1983 Tony Denton University of Michigan Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michigan Medicine

Pay and Benefits

Fellows receive a salary competitive with leading administrative fellowship programs as well as a competitive benefits package, including health care insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement plan eligibility, a generous "Paid Time Off" program, Child Care and Health Care Reimbursement Accounts, and disability and life insurance. The fellow also receives support to attend two conferences of his/her choice over the course of the fellowship and the Association for Academic Medical Center's Fellow's Conference during the first year.