Faculty and Administration

The Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) program is supported by a variety of Cedars-Sinai faculty. A core faculty oversees program operations and a broader faculty advisory panel counsels the core faculty. There are more than 200 faculty members who belong to the Cedars-Sinai professorial series.

Core Faculty


Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS
Program Director, Course Director for HDS 200A and HDS 201A, Course Co-Director for HDS 202B
Celina Shirazipour, PhD
Course Director for HDS 203C and 204A, Course Co-Director for Capstone series
Christopher V. Almario, MD, MSHPM
Associate Program Director, Chair, Admissions Committee, Course Co-Director for HDS 202B, Course Co-Director for Capstone series
Carl Berdahl, MD, MS
Course Co-Director for HDS 203B
Timothy J. Daskivich, MD, MSHPM
Co-Chair, Admissions Committee
Laurel Finster, MPH
Course Director for HDS 204E
Gillian Gresham, PhD
Director, Faculty Affairs, Course Director for HDS 203A, Course Co-Director for Capstone series
Marie Lauzon, MS
Course Co‐Director for HDS 200B
Lisa Masson, MD, MBA
Course Director for HDS 201B
Jim Mirocha, MS
Course Co-Director for HDS 200B
Thomas M. Priselac
Co-Instructor for HDS 200A, 201A and 202A
Loretta So, PhD, MSN
Course Co-Director for HDS 203B
Doug Sturnick, MBA
Course Co-Director for HDS 202A
Alen Voskanian, MD, MBA
Course Co-Director for HDS 204A
Alix Sleight Warner, PhD
Course Co-Director for HDS 203A
David Wrigley
Course Co-Director for HDS 202A

Additional Support Staff


Mechauna Thierry, BS, MBA
Program Coordinator
Victor Jackson, BA
Student Financial Services Administrator
Caroline Marshall, BA, MLS, AHIP
Senior Medical Librarian, Public Services
Kathy Oka, BS
Administrative Coordinator
Jennifer Soares, MSPH
Research Program Administrator
Samuel Eberlein
Student Assistant

Faculty Advisory Panel


Senior Vice President of Operations


Welmoed van Deen, PhD, MD

Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam
School of Health Policy and Management


Alan Dubovsky, MBA

Director of Patient Experience/Chief Patient Experience Officer


Caroline Goldzweig, MD, MSHS

Healthcare Informatics, Health Services Research


Sharon Isonaka, MD, MS

Vice President, Clinical Transformation, Cedars-Sinai CS-PLE Program Director and Team Leader


Executive Vice President of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network


Nicole Leonard, JD

Vice President-Research


Mario Molina, MD

President, Golden Shore Medical Group


Healthcare Informatics, Health Services Research


Healthcare Informatics 


Healthcare Informatics


Pharmacy Health Services Research and Pharmacoeconomics


Director, Research Informatics and Scientific Computing Core


Medical Director, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group


Surgical Health Services Research, Psychometrics


Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the MHDS program, please contact:

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
8687 Melrose Ave.
Suite G-532
West Hollywood, CA 90069