Past Fellows

Past Administrative Fellows

2019-2020

  • Nida Farhoud, MHA

    Nida Farhoud was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Public Health at Tulane University. Later, Nida went on to earn her Master’s in Health Administration at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. During her time at Columbia, Nida interned at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, working closely to better patient experience, improve through-put, and decrease operating room turnover times. Nida served as an Administrative Fellow with the Faculty Practice Organization with the Chief Medical Information Officer team during the 2019-2020 cycle. In the future, she wants to work on improving Middle Eastern North African (MENA) health to bridge the health disparities gap and develop the Institute for MENA Health.

    Nida Farhoud
  • Hye-Lee Jung, MPH

    Hye-Lee (Haley) Jung is originally from South Korea, but moved to New Jersey with her family before her first birthday. She graduated from Brown University with a major in political science. She completed her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Care Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. While at Emory, Hye-Lee had the opportunity to work with the principal investigator on an NIH-funded disorders of sex development study. Hye-Lee served as an Administrative Fellow in the Faculty Practice Organization within the Operations Office during the 2019-2020 cycle. After her fellowship, Hye-Lee accepted a position as Operation Management Specialist within the Faculty Practice Organization at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and as a new New Yorker, exploring the city.

    Hye-Lee Jung
  • Clara Kil, MHSA

    Clara Kil is from Long Island, New York and attended Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration (MHSA) from the University of Michigan. Prior to her fellowship, she interned at Michigan Medicine in the Department of Surgical Services as a Clinical Operations intern. Through this internship she led several initiatives to reduce surgical supply costs while improving patient safety. Clara served as an Administrative Fellow in the Department of Medicine during the 2019-2020 cycle. In her spare time, she enjoys running outside, hiking, playing with her dog and exploring new coffee shops.

    Clara Kil
  • Gosia Vogelgesang, MHA

    Gosia Vogelgesang was born and raised in New York City. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Community Health and Biology at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. She then went on to pursue her Master's in Health Administration from The George Washington University, in Washington D.C. While pursuing her graduate degree, Gosia served as a graduate research assistant at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, an intern within the emergency department at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital and a strategy and communications intern at the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. Gosia served as an Administrative Fellow with the Vice Dean's Office within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons during the 2019-2020 cycle. Following her fellowship, Gosia accepted a position as Project Manager, Strategic Innovations at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.

    Gosia Vogelgesang

2018-2019

  • Shiv Divanji, MHA

    Shiv Divanji was born and raised in Houston Texas, and he attended the University of Houston, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Following, Shiv attended Texas Woman’s University in the Texas Medical Center and graduated with his Master of Health Administration. Shiv served as the Administrative Fellow in the Faculty Practice Organization within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. After the fellowship, Shiv accepted a position with a Revenue Cycle Performance Management consulting company. In his spare time, Shiv is a photographer and photo editor and spends much of his time learning new techniques to practice.

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  • Lauren Goldman, MHSA

    Lauren Goldman is from the suburbs of New York City. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Policy Analysis and Management, she attended the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s of Health Services Administration as well as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Lauren served as an Administrative Fellow for the Department of Radiology within the College of Physicians and Surgeons during the 2018-2019 cycle. At the end of her fellowship year, Lauren accepted a position as Project Coordinator for Radiology, in which she is responsible for facilitating the completion of projects for practice sites through analytical and project management assistance. In her spare time, Lauren attends events hosted by the New York chapter of American College of Health Executive. To relax, she likes to dine at different restaurants, travel with friends and family, and watch her favorite NY sports teams.

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  • Aaron Heffley, MHA

    Aaron Heffley is from Louisville, Kentucky and attended Salisbury University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Aaron played collegiate tennis and was the president of his fraternity. Following this, Aaron received his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky. Aaron served as Vice President of the MHA Student Association where he was involved with planning and organizing professional and volunteer events for the student association. In addition, Aaron attained a graduate certificate in Improving Health Care Value, and completed post-graduate internships at UK HealthCare, Baptist Health Lexington, and Norton Healthcare. Aaron served as the Administrative Fellow with the Department of Medicine within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2018-2019 cycle. At the end of his fellowship year, Aaron accepted a position as Program Manager for Hip & Knee Reconstruction in Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, he is the Quality and Clinical Operations lead for this division.  In his spare time, Aaron enjoys traveling, working out, and playing guitar.

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  • Anna Karavangelas, MHA

    Anna Karavangelas is from Queens, NY and completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University with a major in Policy Analysis and Management. Anna then went on to obtain her Master of Health Administration from the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University. Anna served as Administrative Fellow for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2018-2019 cycle. At the end of her fellowship year, Anna accepted a position as Project Manager within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, Anna works on and leads department-level projects, including Epic implementation, inventory management and scheduling optimization, and supports directors and managers with other initiatives and projects. Outside of her professional interests, Anna enjoys traveling, basketball, soccer, and cooking.

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  • Erica Lillo, MHA

    Erica Lillo is from Monroe, NY. She attended Hartwick College, where she earned her undergraduate degree with majors in Political Science and Sociology. She then went on to pursue her Master’s in Heath Administration from The George Washington University, in Washington D.C. During the summer of her first year, Erica served as an intern with the Nursing Administration Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was able to give back to an organization that sparked her interest in the field. Erica served as an Administrative Fellow with the Vice Dean's Office within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons during the 2018-2019 cycle. At the end of her fellowship year, Erica accepted a position as Practice Administrator of Dermatology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In her spare time, Erica enjoys taking walks with her dog Charlie, cooking, traveling, and (very frequent) retail therapy.

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  • Dajzsa McDaniel, MHA

    Dajzsa McDaniel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health at The Ohio State University, where she was involved in research surrounding health services marketing and physician burnout. She then graduated from the University of Washington with her Master of Health Administration. She interned at Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I trauma center in the Pacific Northwest, developing a new patient health history questionnaire and standardizing its operating procedure. Dajzsa served as an Administrative Fellow for the Department of Ophthalmology within the College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2018 - 2019 cycle.  At the end of her fellowship year, Dajzsa accepted a position as Project Manager in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, she is the lead Project Manager for the Department of Ophthalmology, primarily overseeing the implementation of the EHR Epic. Dajzsa is working with administration, clinicians and the EpicTogether team to ensure a smooth transition by limiting disruption to our current workflows. She will also be the Credentialed Trainer for her department specific module Kaleidoscope.

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  • Abby Morris, MHA

    Abby Morris is from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Memphis School of Public Health with her Master in Healthcare Administration. She previously received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee.  During her time at the University of Memphis, she spent two years working as an Administrative Graduate Assistant for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, with a focus on process improvement involving clinical quality and patient safety in a community hospital setting. Abby served as one of the Administrative Fellows in the Office of the Vice Dean of Administration at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2018-2019 cycle. At the end of her fellowship year, Abby accepted a position as Quality Officer within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  Under the Department of Orthopedics’ Chief Quality Officer, Abby manages department-wide and interdisciplinary patient safety and quality improvement programs. She coordinates with physicians and nursing, research, and administrative staff throughout the department on process improvement efforts that support improvement of quality, safety, and value.

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2017-2018

  • Ankit Khatri, MHA, BDS, PMP

    Ankit grew up in Ahmedabad, India. He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with his Master of Health Administration. Ankit was an Administrative Fellow with the Vice Dean of Administration within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2017-2018 cycle. He enjoys working at Columbia because he is surrounded by collaborative, intelligent, and dedicated people who motivate him to learn and grow, both professionally and personally. After his fellowship, Ankit accepted a position as a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst with the Budget and Finance Department within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. Ankit is excited to continue to help the organization achieve its objectives. Outside of work, Ankit received his Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt from UNC Health Care, as well as a certificate in Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

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  • Erin Gibat, M.S.Ed, MHA

    Erin is from Long Island, New York and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from snowy Fredonia University. After which, she embarked on a career in music education for six years. Erin then decided on a change in career and went back to school to earn her second Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University. Erin served as an Administrative Fellow with the Department of Medicine during the 2017-2018 cycle. Throughout her fellowship, Erin worked in various clinical divisions and core functions within the Department of Medicine. At the end of her fellowship year, Erin accepted a position with the Department of Medicine as a Senior Data Analyst where she currently supports the core front and back-end revenue cycle, clinical, and financial needs of the department. In her spare time, Erin enjoys discovering new music, bike rides throughout Manhattan, and playing clarinet in the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.

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  • Laura Stack, MHA

    Laura is from Middletown, NJ and served as an Administrative Fellow in the Department of Neurology during the 2017-2018 cycle. Laura received her Master’s in Health Administration and her Bachelor’s in Health Administration and Business from the University of Scranton. Laura enjoys working at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons because it challenges her in numerous ways. As a fellow, Laura was assigned multidimensional projects that tested her decision-making and critical-thinking skills. After her fellowship, Laura accepted a position as an Operations Analyst, supporting the operations in the Department of Neurology, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, and the Taub Institute. This role encompasses identifying opportunities for clinical efficiencies, Epic build out and implementation, collecting and analyzing data for research reporting, and working with the FPO Operations Team and the CUMC, FPO, and NYP Facilities teams. Outside of work, during the summer of2016, Laura traveled to two cities in Slovakia, Bratislava, and Trnava to present research on pharmaceuticals used in Slovakia, Austria and Poland. Her findings were later published in an international journal.

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  • Kelsey Torgerson, MHA

    Kelsey is from Tallahassee, FL, and was an Administrative Fellow with the Vice Dean of Administration in the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2017-2018 cycle. During her fellowship, she rotated through various departments, including Human Resources, the Office of Budget and Finance, Research, and Pediatrics. Her favorite projects were bringing the College onto the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and assisting in recruiting the next "wave" of administrative fellows, as well as organizing and creating an online, interactive onboarding video that will affect incoming hires and over 40,000 employees. After her fellowship, Kelsey accepted a position with the New York State Psychiatric Institute here at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a Special Projects Coordinator, and served as a human resources representative, data analyst, and clinical operations assistant manager. Kelsey is currently A Development Manager at the Arthritis Foundation NYC. To learn more about her personal experience, as a fellow she can be reached at Ktorgerson@arthritis.org.org or 929-999-8603

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2016-2017

  • David Lauthen, MHA

    David Lauthen grew up in Mission Viejo, CA. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Master of Health Administration. David was an Administrative Fellow with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery during the 2016-2017 cycle. After his fellowship, David accepted a position as a Quality Officer for Columbia Orthopedics. David enjoys working at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons because he enjoys working with surgeons who inspire him through their work with complex cases. These cases include helping wheelchair-bound individuals to walk again, improving the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy, and helping people get back to doing what they love. David is inspired every day to contribute to their mission. Outside of work, David enjoys practicing Brazilian Jui Jutsu.

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  • Emily Reiser, MHA

    Emily is from Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Emily completed her Administrative Fellowship with the Department of Medicine during the 2016-2017 cycle. Throughout her fellowship, Emily rotated through the various clinical divisions and core functions within the Department of Medicine. Upon completion of her fellowship year, Emily accepted a position within the Department of Medicine as a Senior Financial Analyst where she currently supports the core business, financial, and administrative reporting needs of the department. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, discovering new movies on Netflix, and enjoying the company of family and friends. 

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  • Jennifer Rivas, MPH

    Jennifer Rivas is from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Emory University with her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy & Management. Jennifer completed her Administrative Fellowship with the Department of Neurology during the 2016-2017 cycle. During her fellowship experience, she was able to work throughout most settings in the department, such as with the HR, research administration, and clinical operations teams, which allowed her to build a good understanding of the organization. Through her work on several projects, she created great relationships with leaders and discovered what professional interests she would like to continue pursuing, which helped establish a strong foundation for the future. Today, her position is Analyst, Clinical Finance & Operations within the Department of Neurology.

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2015-2016

  • Nina Hong, MPH

    Nina is from Morristown, NJ, and was an Administrative Fellow with the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center during the 2015-2016 cycle. During her fellowship, she rotated through Revenue Cycle, Practice Management, Finance, Research, and Human Resources. Her favorite projects were directing the relocation and logistical details of a clinical practice from Columbia University to Park Ave, NY and developing benchmarks for recommendation to the Departmental Administrator for division administrator salaries. Metrics were based on the size and complexity of research awards supervised, clinical and other administrative responsibilities. After her fellowship, Nina accepted a position with the Department of Pediatrics as a Project Manager. She is currently the Practice Manager with the Department of Medicine and manages a 22 provider, specialty practice, where she oversees the day to day operations of the practice including financial management, staff supervision, and maintaining federal compliance. In her free time, she enjoys painting, swimming, and traveling.

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  • Anu Raman

    Anu Raman is a native of Trinidad, but grew up in South Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with her Master of Health Administration.  Anu was the Administrative Fellow for the Department of Neurology within the College of Physicians & Surgeons from 2015-2016. Currently, she is the Site Supervisor for the Division of Pediatric Urology. Anu enjoys working at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons because the caliber of scholars and experts in their respective fields have perpetuated a stimulating and challenging culture within CUMC. She believes that it is a culture that drives innovation and demands quality work, which has enabled a rewarding career for her.  Outside of work, Anu enjoys traveling and spending time with her puppy.

Past Human Resources Fellows

2019-2020

  • Alexis Nicholas, MSHRM

    Alexis Nicholas is from The Bronx, NY, and completed her undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University with majors in Political Science and History. Alexis then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University. Alexis served as the Human Resources Fellow with the Vice Dean’s Office within the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons during the 2019-2020 cycle. At the end of her fellowship year, Alexis accepted a position as Human Resources & Faculty Affairs Generalist within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of the Vice Dean of Administration at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Alexis is excited about the opportunity to kick-start her career in Human Resources by expanding her learnings, knowledge, and skills. Outside of work, Alexis likes to spend quality time with her family and friends, dive into a good book and travel. Currently, she’s traveled to 12 countries.

    Alexis Nicholas

2018-2019

  • Tameika Fitzgerald, MSHRM

    Tameika Fitzgerald  grew up in Westchester County, NY and is currently the Human Resources and Faculty Affairs Generalist within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of the Vice Dean of Administration. Tameika attended Stony Brook University and received her MS in Human Resource Management. Tameika is an innovative and enthusiastic Human Resource Professional with extensive experience in payroll, general accounting, and software implementation. In an ever-changing world, she is passionate about learning and development which is one of the best ways to foster an engaging environment while boosting productivity, and she hopes to become an asset in assisting the organization to accomplish its mission. Tameika believes that the fellowship program is unequivocally exceptional in providing access to resources, such as support and professional networks that enable her to not only pursue goals that might not otherwise be attainable in a conventional job setting, but also engage her in challenging work. Outside of work, Tameika is an avid traveler on a quest to max out her passport. Even more, she enjoys spending countless hours with friends and family and strengthening her guitar playing skills.

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2017-2018

  • Katherine Rodriguez, MSHRM

    Katherine Rodriguez was raised in the Bronx, NY. She graduated from Stony Brook University with her Master of Science in Human Research Management in the Spring of 2017. Katherine served as the Human Resources Fellow in the Vice Dean’s office during the 2017-2018 cycle. Katherine had the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the organization as a whole and contribute to organizational goals.

    After completion of her fellowship, Katherine remained with the Vice Dean’s office as Administrative Coordinator II for Human Resources & Faculty Affairs. She has been challenged and inspired immensely as a young professional. Katherine enjoys working within a culture where leaders believe in and embody the organizational values to discover, educate, care, and lead. Katherine hopes to remain and grow within the College of Physicians & Surgeons. She is excited about future opportunities to further collaborate and contribute to the organization.

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