The Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science is shaping leaders who will be charged with maximizing healthcare's value in the future. Meet the recent classes of students moving into—or advancing—their careers in digital health science, healthcare administration, health information technology and other areas.
Class of 2022
"I am a senior Clinical Research Coordinator at Cedars-Sinai’s Smidt Heart Institute. I’ve been working in clinical research for 5 years. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in medicine and general surgery from Zagazig University in Egypt. I completed my medical training in Egypt in 2011, and ever since I’ve been perusing advancements in medicine and hope to one day make a meaningful impact on patient care."
"Having majored in Health Administration as an undergraduate, I would now like to expand my skillset even further and that is why I chose to pursue the Cedars-Sinai MHDS program. I am interested in the incorporation of technology and data and how that can be used in conjunction to promote a more value-based health care system especially in underserved populations. From being aware of the various healthcare disparities present in our current system as well as the increasing cost of healthcare services, it is a strong goal of mine to be part of the new set of leaders designated to introduce changes, new policies and results."
Anthony is a Program Assistant in the Pharmacy & Nutrition Services department within the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network and has been with Cedars-Sinai for two years. He received his BS in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge. In Anthony’s current position, he helps coordinate and facilitate various outpatient pharmacy programs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and attending music festivals.
Kareem Hassan is a registered nurse In the Case Management Department at Cedars Sinai Hospital. His previous nursing experience includes working as an HIV certified nurse caring for and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Prior to becoming a registered nurse Kareem worked in the finance and real estate development sectors.
"I joined Cedars-Sinai in 2015 and currently work for Hepatobiliary Surgery Department as an outpatient care coordinator. I graduated from Mohave Community College in 2009 and completed my bachelor’s degree at Weber State University in 2012. Prior to coming to Cedars-Sinai, I worked in Salt Lake City as part of a Burn Trauma ICU. I have always been interested in the intersection of nursing, data and technology. The healthcare landscape has been catalyzed forward by COVID, and I want to have a hand in shaping those outcomes. Cedars-Sinai MHDS program provides me a unique opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be the best resource for our organization and our patients."
Alena Johantgen has worked as an RN at Cedars-Sinai since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and also holds a BA in Anthropology. Alena has worked in pediatrics for the majority of her nursing career and is passionate about improving the patient experience and quality improvement projects. She has held the role of Assistant Nurse Manager of Pediatrics since the spring of 2019. In this new role, Alena is especially passionate about promoting self-care, nursing resiliency and camaraderie between team members.
"Helping my community in areas of health and wellness has always been my passion. I wanted a more in-depth look into what the health care delivery field really looks like and how we as a generation of new doctors and health care workers can improve the way we think about healthcare. Learning about how we can use data to gain wisdom and induce change makes the MHDS program hugely rewarding."
Bethany is a laboratory technician currently working at the University of Southern California in the Division of Environmental Health. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and additional certificates in Chicano/Latino studies and Spanish language.
Zoe graduated from Roanoke College with a BS in Biochemistry and Public Health Studies in May 2020. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on the effects of environmental toxins and pharmaceuticals on the embryonic development of zebrafish. Throughout her four years, Zoe was a volunteer EMT with the local rescue squad. She also took part in a qualitative study which provided city officials with recommendations to eliminate the food desert that currently exists in parts of the Roanoke Valley. Prior to joining the MHDS program, Zoe participated in the Pre-Med Volunteer Program at Cedars-Sinai and spent three months volunteering with an NGO in a city-slum in Mumbai. She recently joined Dr. Zulma Gazit’s lab as a Research Associate II. Zoe hopes to continue her career in the medical field focusing her attention on maternal and fetal health.
“I want to advocate and implement changes that make the system more efficient for everyone, rather than feel as if I am a bystander, complicit with the ‘status quo.’ Learning the science of maximizing the value of our healthcare, ensuring we have a system that optimizes the patient experience as well as human capital of doctors, students and every individual serving in the healthcare field. I believe the Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science will prepare me to do that now and throughout my career.”
Kate Makaroff is a third-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Class of 2023). Born and raised in Massachusetts, she attended the Noble and Greenough School (Class of 2011) then Harvard University (Class of 2015), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology with a secondary field in global health and health policy.
Kate moved to the West Coast as a David Geffen Medical Scholar. She has served as the American Medical Association and California Medical Association delegate for the UCLA chapter, David Geffen School of Medicine Medical Student Council Well-Being Representative, and UCLA Med Mentor for premedical undergraduates.
She believes pursuing a dual degree will develop and add critical skills to her toolbox, which will allow her to understand and address health delivery issues head-on. Kate is interested in digital health and health services research and joins Cedars-Sinai as a clinical research associate for the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE) lab led by Drs. Brennan Spiegel and Christopher Almario.
For over 10 years, Kate competed in state, regional and national soccer championships with her club team, Scorpions SC. She was the recipient of the Russell B. Stearns Achievement Award for scholastics, character and leadership in 2011. As a recruited NCAA Division I women’s soccer starting center-midfielder, she helped her team earn Ivy League Championships in 2011 and 2013. She received the Henry Russell Shaw Postgraduate Traveling Fellowship in 2015.
Brian Minton is a clinical research coordinator that has worked in the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute since early 2019. He is a senior coordinator on the gastrointestinal oncology team, helping to run trials for pancreatic, colorectal and other cancers. Prior to coming to Cedars, Brian worked in neurology at the University of California, Irvine. He also worked at Science 37, a health tech start-up where he helped to coordinate remote clinical trials through the implementation of telemedicine. Brian originally comes from Orange County, California. In his spare time he enjoys performing improv comedy with ImprovCity in Irvine and the Impro Theatre School in Los Feliz.
"Growth & Future Success Lies in Preparation & Collaboration"
As a family physician, Dr. Clarence Monteclaro is driven to be inspired and to inspire those with whom he works. His work with the Los Angeles Unified School District, city of Carson, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Department of Public Health is personal. Every project initiated, every person served and every team led is a testament to what drives him in his career and his personal value to be more for his community.
Drawing from over 10 years of experience as a family physician, tuberculosis clinician and COVID-19 outbreak response public health physician, he continues a commitment to leadership training with a Health Care Executive MBA from the Paul Merage Business School, Community Health Science MPH at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Masters in Health Delivery Science at Cedars Sinai.
He served from 2014 to 2019 as Lead Physician at the Wilmington Health Center for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and currently practices as a Tuberculosis Physician Specialist and COVID-19 outbreak response public health physician for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As the founder of a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supporting school gardens, he has revived a 2-acre school-based community garden at Stephen M. White Middle School, organized community gardening conferences and launched TeachMe.Foundation to promote public health educational initiatives and wellness programs in Los Angeles County.
Actively working to serve those in greatest need, he has learned the importance of fostering strong leadership, diversity of expertise and collaborative efforts. With a vision to make a difference and take part in something greater, he seeks to cultivate shared knowledge, innovation, disciplined work culture and empowerment of all persons as leaders for change.
Dr. Ramanujan was trained as a condensed matter physicist in India. During his postdoctoral career, he switched his research focus to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of cellular metabolism and cancer biology. Recruited to Cedars Sinai in 2008 as a faculty member within the departments of surgery and biomedical sciences, he set up the metabolic photonics laboratory with an emphasis on building high resolution imaging tools to interrogate cancer cell metabolism as well as on developing mitochondrial-based biomarkers for breast cancer diagnosis. Since January 2020, Dr. Ramanujan has assumed a new service responsibility for managing the light microscopy and image analytics division within the Biobank and Translational Research Core in the Cedars Sinai Cancer Center. He is currently interested in leveraging his research and analytics expertise to the health care service sector. In this MHDS program, he hopes to learn about the fundamentals of health care system and the health analytics tools for the modern-era health delivery and care.
"A strong foundation in data analytics, healthcare finance and administration and core research principles will allow me the platform to continue my passion for research and policy development to improve healthcare delivery for all."
Lindsey Ross is a faculty neurosurgeon and spine specialist at Cedars-Sinai. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she earned her BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an MD from UCLA. She completed her Neurosurgical residency and Complex Spine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai. During medical school, she was selected as a Denzel and Pauletta Washington Gifted Scholar in Neurosciences. Lindsey has enjoyed serving as a leader for the Cedars-Sinai House Staff Executive committee and now as the founder of the Doctors for Diversity committee and Clinical Leader for the Health Equity Council.
In 2016, she was tapped to serve as a White House Fellow for the Obama Administration. In this position she served as a Science and Health Policy Counselor for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A large part of her portfolio included working with the White House, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and SAMSHA on the U.S. public health strategy to the emerging opioid epidemic, which culminated in an important research report outlining the best community and state-wide strategies to combat the opioid crisis. She also worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) primarily on physician-focused alternative payment models. Additionally she served as policy advisor for the U.S. Zika response plan where she worked closely with the CDC, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Ross has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to healthcare delivery and was awarded the Top 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health in 2017 by the Congressional Black Caucus.
"Advancing your education is one way to become a better leader and person for your family, colleagues and community. The Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) program is an elite opportunity to combine my passions and skill set with new training and technology to improve outcomes specifically for patients, health systems and our communities."
Aly Shoji serves as Principal Gift Officer in the Development Division of Advancement at Cedars-Sinai. She raises money by bridging relationships to leverage research, clinical care and community outreach. Prior to working at Cedars-Sinai, AIy worked for Project Angel Food, the YWCA and the UCLA Health System for almost 15 years on the Development team that secured the $200M gift to name the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Learning to be good stewards of our resources goes beyond dollars raised. She believes the four cores within the Cedars-Sinai MHDS program can strengthen her skillset for advancement but also build partnerships within operations and research to continue to provide the best patient care. Aly is a graduate of UCLA, was the first female President of the Westwood Village Rotary Club in 85 years and is married with two kids. As the COVID-19 virus appears to be ramping up again, Aly is interested in the newly created Capacity Command Center at Cedars-Sinai.
"I chose the MHDS program to better understand and appreciate the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system. I am excited to learn about healthcare informatics and data analytics as it applies to the management of the vast amounts of clinical data generated in daily clinical laboratory operations."
Taiwo moved to the United States from Nigeria 5 years ago after completing her undergraduate degree. She has been with Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine since 2016, starting out as a laboratory assistant then transitioning to her current role as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the Core Laboratory. She also volunteers as a member of the Special Pathogens Rapid Response Team at Cedars-Sinai.
Class of 2023
Kingsley Chan joined Cedars-Sinai in 2019 as a data analyst. His experience in healthcare reporting began in Epic Reporting Workbench and has since grown with development in Clarity reports and Tableau dashboards for various departments throughout the hospital. Some recent projects include the Staffing Census dashboard for the Digital Command Center as well as TPMS reports for the Willow Ambulatory integration with CS-Link. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, he worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta as part of the Behavioral Health Unit. Outside of work, he enjoys going snowboarding and playing badminton with family and friends.
“What captured my interest in the MHDS program was the diverse body of professionals working toward a common goal. I feel the MHDS Program will prepare me to lead in improving healthcare and make a positive difference in a variety of ways.”
Originally from Chicago, Michelle graduated from St. Xavier University earning her BSN. Michelle dove into critical care nursing and worked in the MICU in Chicago and Century City before coming to Cedars-Sinai 11 years ago. She is currently working in the Health Information Department as a clinical documentation specialist. Michelle has a special interest in health informatics as well as alternative healing therapies.
“My career never took me toward being a doctor or a nurse, but I have a need to help others. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, I really wanted to help our organization fulfill the need to care for the sick. The MHDS Program here at Cedars-Sinai will allow me to strengthen my skills in data analysis and help me create a strong foundation in health delivery science.”
Marissa began in the healthcare industry at a young age. While attending college, she was able to work in healthcare administration by learning Medicare guidelines and paying claims. Once she established herself in Medicare, she began to move into different aspects of the business. This motivated her to continue building her knowledge and experience within healthcare. Marissa felt that her contributions within the industry helped others receive the care they need. Apart from enjoying her work, she also contributes the same amount of energy and love to her family.
Joshua completed his bachelor’s degree in microbiology at UCLA, where he worked in the Carmichael Laboratory studying stem cells for stroke treatment. He works as a clinical research associate at the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), working under Brennan Spiegel, MD, and Christopher Almario, MD. His interests include the dynamics of healthcare delivery in the United States as well as the emergence of digital innovations in healthcare.
Kimberly Fuleihan is a senior EIS application specialist and has worked at Cedars-Sinai since early 2020. Prior to working at Cedars-Sinai, Kimberly worked and volunteered for other healthcare organizations for almost 11 years, building a foundational skill set in healthcare data and understanding of hospital operations. During her undergraduate studies at University of California, Riverside (UCR), Kimberly pursued a degree in business economics and a minor in statistics. Kimberly is interested in deepening her skills within health analytics and would like to gain greater exposure to digital health and technology. She believes the MHDS Program will provide immense growth, augmenting a student’s ability to think creatively using real- world scenarios, in service of revolutionizing and improving healthcare.
Emily is a critical care nurse from Portland, Oregon who has worked in both community and large academic medical centers in the Midwest. She joined hospital epidemiology with Cedars-Sinai in 2016 and earned her certification in infection prevention. Emily’s interests include understanding transmission of infections within healthcare settings and supporting other working parents. In her free time, Emily enjoys outdoor activities with her family.
“The Health Delivery Science Program excites me for a variety of reasons. I have been exploring MHA and MBA programs at other institutions. While I find the curriculum interesting, the MHDS coursework is more applicable and valuable to my career aspirations in healthcare administration and operations. It also interests me in sharpening my exposure to digital health science and virtual medicine. I look forward to exploring more of the innovative possibilities.’’
Andrew Charles Gordon graduated from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor of science in nursing. He is currently a senior administrative assistant for Cedars-Sinai’s Brawerman Nursing Institute and has worked at Cedars-Sinai since 2008. Andrew is also an American Heart Association and American Red Cross CPR Training Center Administrator and Instructor and has recently been appointed as the Shared Leadership Council Logistic Coordinator.
“I joined the MHDS Program because I’m absolutely convinced that innovation in healthcare technology, along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms will exponentially improve healthcare connectivity, communication and data management. The inevitable results will be more efficient and intuitive, and offer less-expensive patient care as well as improved global access to healthcare.”
Rafael is originally from Venezuela, trained in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a full-time practicing surgeon in the U.S. His specialties include general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery. Throughout his career, Grossmann has focused on tapping the paradoxical power of technology to coexist with better, more humane medical care. Being a telemedicine, global health and digital medicine advocate, he is a strong believer in the power of technology to augment healthcare and education, to better connect providers and patients.
Joshua Hakimian earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from UCLA in 2015 and is a research associate at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. From 2015 to 2018, he conducted preclinical research on the interacting mechanisms of chronic neuropathic pain and opioid dependence at the Hatos Center of Neuropharmacology at the UCLA Semel Institute. Since 2018, he has been conducting longitudinal and evaluation clinical research on populations with substance use disorders (most notably opioid and cannabis use disorders) at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the UCLA Semel Institute.
His passion for integrating new technologies into healthcare led to his pursuit of the MHDS Program. In the future, he plans to attend medical school to combine these experiences to improve both quality of care and treatment outcomes on a large scale.
As a Los Angeles native, Joshua enjoys long distance road cycling and exploring national parks.
“The Cedars-Sinai Master’s Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) Program will provide me with the opportunity to gain new skills that will allow me to grow personally and reach my goals of becoming a leader within the healthcare industry. I chose this program to have a better understanding of our ever-changing healthcare system and be able to have the best and latest knowledge in order to improve the care of our patients.”
Lilit received her bachelor of science in health administration in 2011 from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and has worked at Cedars-Sinai for over six years as a patient liaison in the Patient Relations/Advancement Department. Lilit’s role entails coordinating care, meeting/escorting patients to their designated appointment areas and protecting the identities of our high-profile figures.
Shawn was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and went on to attend medical school in Philadelphia at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He currently works in Los Angeles at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center as a physical medicine and rehabilitation attending. In addition to his responsibilities to patient care, he is an innovation leader and is involved in local, regional and national innovation projects. These projects span disciplines including telehealth, care coordination and optimization, remote patient monitoring, electronic medical records, medical informatics, connected digital strategies and behavioral economic solutions aimed at influencing patient and clinician engagement. He is completing the master’s degree of healthcare innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and looks forward to learning the tools and principles from the Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) Program. He is very interested in learning from his MHDS colleagues, the MHDS faculty, the Cedars-Sinai leadership, and the Cedars-Sinai models of innovation and care transformation.
Yvonne graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, starting her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a medical telemetry nurse, and later advancing to a critical care nurse on a medical intensive care unit. While working as a nurse, Yvonne started participating in informatics projects throughout the hospital. She loved informatics so much that she decided to transition into nursing informatics full time and has since worked in an informatics or analytics role. Yvonne worked at Cedars-Sinai for a year and a half as a clinical workflow optimization RN and currently works in clinical analytics at Amazon Care.
With the emergence of value-based care incentives, healthcare delivery systems have been challenged with providing cost-effective, equitable care without sacrificing the quality of care delivered. “I believe that using data and emerging technologies will help achieve value-based care and Cedars-Sinai’s MHDS Program will prepare me with the skills needed to be an effective leader during this era of healthcare transformation.”
“Currently, the healthcare system in the United States has many complexities and it is rapidly evolving. It is my intention to be at the forefront of exciting, cutting-edge innovations and improvements in order to optimize the information and care that our patients receive, while also streamlining the process to create a cost-effective healthcare ecosystem. I believe the Cedars-Sinai Master’s Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) Program will position me to collaborate with individuals in a vast array of fields within the healthcare industry—to learn new technologies, techniques and approaches. I hope to refine my healthcare practices through innovative thinking in order to become a multidisciplinary healthcare leader and physician.”
Karisma Kothari attended University of California, Riverside (UCR) in her hometown of Riverside, California. There she received her bachelor of science in biology (cum laude) with a minor in film and visual culture, and was inducted into the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to receive her medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM).
While in medical school, Karisma found herself gravitating toward the field of women’s health, and since graduating, has spent her time participating in various clinical opportunities in the field to enhance her skills as she applies for residency. Karisma has always been committed to being a leader and helping those around her. She is currently working with the American Red Cross NHQ as a Humanitarian Finance Communication volunteer. She has been an alumni guest speaker and panelist at XUSOM, participated in multiple health fairs within the U.S. and internationally, volunteered at medical clinics in Mexico, peer-mentored for the UCR Honors Program, served as UCR Chapter President for Best Buddies International, and was a clinical care extender at Riverside Community Hospital.
Omer Liran, MD, is an assistant professor at Cedars-Sinai where he co-directs virtual medicine and cares for patients on the psychiatry consult and liaison service. Academically, Liran is studying how to leverage the unique properties of virtual and augmented reality (XR) technologies to improve outcomes in patient care. He has also been using XR together with EEG to study neural mechanisms that underlie human behaviors and psychiatric pathologies. He has an extensive programming background, which enables him to code and quickly iterate XR experiences based on patient feedback.
Theresa received her bachelor of science degree in management information systems from the University of Rhode Island. She continued working in computer systems support for many years and was one of the lead technologists in converting the United States Coast Guard New England units from obsolete minicomputer systems to networked desktop PCs. During her time with the military, she did search and rescue on Lake Erie, protected the waters of Rhode Island from oil and hazardous material spills, and provided technical support to USCG units. Theresa retired as a USCG Reservist after 21 years of service.
After moving to New Mexico, Theresa began her current career supporting pharmaceutical research and development with the VHA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (CSPCRPCC). Throughout her career Theresa has worked on over 30 research studies in various positions. After achieving Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, she became a pharmaceutical project manager with current responsibility for six research projects.
Her goal is to join current Veterans Health Administration (VHA) innovators in championing the use of VR and digital wearables to improve the health and wellbeing of military veterans. “I truly believe that a multifaceted approach that leverages these technologies will improve the health and wellbeing of all veterans. As with any new approach, these technologies must always be used in a safe, secure and ethical way, and I am committed to being at the forefront of supporting those seeking to utilize these innovations in the VHA, starting with the completion of this course of study.”
"Technology does what we train it to. If implicit biases aren't nipped in the bud early on, their poison takes root and spreads through the entire system."
Luke joined Cedars-Sinai in 2019 as the Emergency Department's business data analyst after completing a master's degree in business analytics. He's helped the ED measure, review and improve its patient flow. Before making the switch to analytics, Luke was a journalist for a decade, working as a copy editor, digital editor, national and international wires editor and everything in between. In the MHDS Program, he hopes to broaden his understanding of the U.S. healthcare system with an eye toward weeding out implicit biases that stand in the way of all patients getting the care they need.
Lisa B. Nguyen, DDS, attended New York University College of Dentistry before completing a pediatric dentistry residency program at Staten Island University Hospital. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the section of pediatric dentistry and as an associate director, she helped to implement and continues to oversee the Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Program at UCLA School of Dentistry and delivers direct patient care at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Her professional interests include increasing access to care for underserved populations through collaborative learning, quality improvement, nontraditional partnerships and mentorship. While her formal training is in pediatrics, Nguyen’s programs strive to increase and improve access to oral healthcare for various ages and stages. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and kickboxing.
Bill is originally from Orange County, California and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). To further his studies, Bill attended the University of Virginia (UVA) and received an MA in chemistry. While in Virginia, Bill started a family and began working for UVA in environmental health and safety. He began his career in safety for the UVA Hospital and research community focusing on radiation safety. Bill then changed roles to focus primarily on laboratory safety as a safety professional.
He joined the Cedars-Sinai team in April 2017 as the chemical safety officer of the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department. In this role, Bill works closely with the research community to ensure that their workplace is free of recognized hazards and that their work is conducted in a safe and appropriate way. In the MHDS Program, he hopes to learn about the healthcare ecosystem and to gain insights into the workings of healthcare.
Korak Sarkar, MD, completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University where he received degrees in neuroscience, mathematical science and biomedical engineering. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and went on to complete his neurology training at the University of California, Davis (UCD). He is a board-certified neurologist who completed subspecialty training at Northwestern and the Shirley Ability Institute (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in brain injury medicine. He has served as an innovation fellow at Northwestern’s Center for Device Development. Sarkar has been very active in research throughout his career and was awarded the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Founder's Award in Translational Research. He participates in the AAN's policy and advocacy efforts and serves as a member of its health policy subcommittee. He is currently an attending physician in the Department of Neurology at Ochsner Health and a staff physician in the Department of PM&R in the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He serves as a clinical liaison for innovation Ochsner (iO) as well as the director of Ochsner’s Neurosciences Medical 3D (M3D) Lab, which applies advanced manufacturing, virtual and augmented reality to healthcare delivery. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys in their hometown of New Orleans. Laissez les bon temps rouler.
“The MHDS Program will become a catalyst for my career and provide me with the tools and skills I’ll need to help build a more efficient healthcare system, and bring a positive impact to both the patients I serve and the healthcare professionals I work with every day.”
Samantha graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), in 2014 with a BS in healthcare administration. She became a part of the Cedars-Sinai family in September 2014 as a patient service representative and worked to become a lead patient service representative in May 2021.
Originally from New Jersey, Kaytlena graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in economics and a minor in biology and Mandarin Chinese. She went on to complete her MD/MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in emergency medicine from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated as chief resident. She is a physician and research fellow in the Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai. Kaytlena's academic interests include social emergency medicine and health equity. While in residency, she designed and implemented a social determinants of health curriculum for her fellow residents, and conducted research exploring health disparities among the West Philadelphia patient population. Through the MHDS Program, Kaytlena is excited to learn more about ways in which health innovation and improvements in health delivery systems can facilitate and promote health equity.
“I have been trying to find programs that offer applied and proven education to build future leaders in healthcare delivery. By enrolling in the MHDS Program, I hope to learn the skills necessary to efficiently deliver equitable healthcare to our most vulnerable populations.”
Pradeep earned his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in 2012. He joined Cedars-Sinai in April 2010 and works as a senior respiratory therapist, primarily in the pulmonary functions lab. Pradeep believes that there are a lot of opportunities to create a delivery system that can have a meaningful impact on reducing cost, reducing utilization of low-value services, and deliver quality care where needed with better patient outcomes.
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