Current & Former Fellows
In the last 40 years, Jefferson has successfully trained and developed dynamic leaders who are equipped to meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare industry. As a vital part of the Jefferson Enterprise, the fellow works alongside senior leaders to build a portfolio of both operational and project-based work, while sharpening their strategic and critical thinking skills.
In return, Jefferson draws from each fellow's unique talents and creative ideas to help implement new approaches for the delivery of high-quality clinical care and service to the patient. During their one year tenure, fellows are able to make significant contributions to the institution.
Kwasi Nyantakyi, MHA
2017-18 Administrative Fellow
A product of New York City, Kwasi Nyantakyi recently completed his Master of Health Administration at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he developed an interest for public health, leadership, and mentorship. As a senior, he received one of New York States 2015 Independent Sector Student Community Service Awards for his mentorship efforts in Rochester and community outreach at Morris Heights Health Centers throughout the Bronx. Most recently, he interned at Montefiore Medical Center assisting the performance improvement team in identifying opportunities to improve patient experience. Kwasi aims to use his unique experiences to work in urban healthcare settings impacting health disparities, promoting quality care, and service excellence. In his leisure time random walks in the city and inspiring those around him.
Amy Kidane, MHSA
Administrative Fellow 2016-2017
Current Position: Project Manager, Strategic Business Development & Partnerships
Responsibilities: Responsible for identifying and expanding industry partnerships with large employers, care delivery systems and other key strategic JVs in alliance with the institution’s senior leadership. Includes identification and evaluation of growing key commercial ventures, due diligence phases, oversight of implementation and integration of clinical operating and corporate units.
Education: Xavier University, MHSA; University of Cincinnati, BA, Public Health
About Amy: Professionally, Amy has an interest in strategic partnerships, integration and service line program development. Originally, from Cincinnati, Ohio, Amy is accustomed to cheering on declining sports teams, and enjoys travel, photography and a solid game of ping pong.
Kristi Caldararo, MHA
Administrative Fellow 2015-2016
Current Position: Associate Administrator, Clinical Services
Responsibilities: As part of the transplant program at Jefferson, Kristi is part of multiple projects including the opening of the new Nicoletti Live Kidney Donor Transplant Center and the reactivation and expansion of the heart transplant program. Kristi also supports several other system level projects and initiatives including a transformational leadership rounding initiative, business acquisitions, service line operations, and more.
Education: The Pennsylvania State University, MHA, BS, Health Policy and Administration
About Kristi: Professionally, Kristi is interested in hospital operations, performance improvement and patient safety. Kristi enjoys all outdoor activities and in her spare time loves to check out the city’s best restaurants.
Jenny Lewis, MHA
Administrative Fellow 2013-14
Current Position: Manager of Network & Payment Strategy
Responsibilities: Jenny is responsible for managing initiatives for Jefferson’s Clinically Integrated Network, and for evaluating innovative payment models and their potential impacts on Jefferson.
Education: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MHA;
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, BA, International Studies & BA, Spanish Language & Literature
About Jenny: Jenny is originally from a coastal town in NC, but loves to explore Philadelphia and experience the city. In her free time, she loves to travel, dance, try new foods, and cheer on the Carolina Tar Heels.
Dennis R. Delisle, ScD, FACHE
Administrative Fellow 2009-2010
Current Position: Executive Project Director, Epic@Jeff and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University's College of Population Health
Responsibilities: Responsible for the successful implementation of an electronic medical record initiative across the inpatient and ambulatory settings using Epic software, processes and tools. Oversees and coordinates the efforts of seven directors who, in turn, manage the activities of the various teams: Access and Revenue Cycle, Ambulatory, Inpatient, Ancillary, Informatics & Research, Training and Technology.
Education: Tulane University, Doctor of Science (ScD), Health Systems Managements; The George Washington University, MHSA, Management and Leadership; Syracuse University, BS, Biology
About Dennis: Dennis is the author of Executing Lean Improvements: A Practical Guide with Real-World Healthcare Case Studies. The book uses case studies from Jefferson’s Lean journey and serves as the foundation for his Thomas Jefferson University courses. His various publications and courses taught emphasize operational excellence, project management and change leadership. Outside of work, Dennis is an avid golfer, traveler and poor-man’s artist. With strong family ties to Massachusetts, Dennis is a dedicated Boston sports fan.
Dane Caffrey, MBA
Administrative Fellow 1991-1992
Current Position: Administrator, Perioperative Services Business Operations and University Health Services at Jefferson University Hospitals
Responsibilities: Overseeing the business functions of the Perioperative Services Division at Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and Jefferson Surgical Center. Overseeing the operations of the University Health Services Department. Serving as the Administrator for the Clinical Privileges Committee and as one of Jefferson's five Six Sigma Black Belts.
Education: Widener University, MBA, Hospital and Medical Services Administration; Pennsylvania State University, BS, Health Planning and Administration
About Dane: Dane came to Jefferson after spending eight years in the U.S. Navy and then earning his MBA degree. He has been at Jefferson since 1991 and has held a number of varied positions over the years in hospital operations and physician practice management. Dane lives in Wallingford, PA, with his wife and two sons. He also recently retired, as a Commander, from the U.S. Navy Reserve.
A History of Future Healthcare Leaders 1976 - Today
|Thomas J. Lewis||Duke University||1976-1977|
|Janet Burnham||Temple University||1977-1978|
|Nancy Rhoades||Tulane University||1980-1981|
|Andrew Laband||Boston University||1981-1982|
|Joel Port||University of Michigan||1982-1983|
|Virginia Wall||Temple University||1982-1983|
|Monica Doyle*||Boston University||1983-1984|
|Gary Ginsberg||University of North Carolina||1985-1986|
|Michaela Prchlik||University of Colorado||1985-1986|
|Jeanie Kim||Cornell University||1987-1988|
|James Paradis||University of Pennsylvania||1987-1988|
|Ellen Feinstein||St. Joseph's University||1988-1989|
|Hugh Lavery*||Duke University||1988-1989|
|Carl Adkins III||Duke University||1989-1990|
|Debra Cifelli*||University of Pennsylvania||1990-1991|
|Susan Solometo||Temple University||1990-1991|
|F. Kenneth Ackerman||Duke University||1991-1992|
|Dane Caffrey*||Widener University||1991-1992|
|George Pereira-Ogan||Boston University||1992-1993|
|Beth-Ann Schauer||University of Connecticut||1993-1994|
|Marc Thompson||University of South Florida||1994-1995|
|Darren Selsky||Temple University||1995-1996|
|Edward Abramson||Temple University||1997-1998|
|Kimberly Gholston||Medical College of Virginia
at Virginia Commonwealth University
|Kevin O'Leary||The George Washington University||1998-1999|
|Era Goel||The George Washington University||1999-2000|
|Megha Mungekar||University of Minnesota||2000-2001|
|Jordan Tenenbaum||Washington University School of Medicine||2001-2002|
|Eric Williams||University of Michigan||2002-2003|
|Sarah Palmer||The George Washington University||2003-2004|
|Kathryn Wood||University of California, Los Angeles||2004-2005|
|Erin Conger||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||2005-2006|
|April Budd||University of Michigan||2006-2007|
|Rebecca Richmond||The Ohio State University||2007-2008|
|Jennifer Natale||University of California, Los Angeles||2008-2009|
|Andrew Wierzbieniec||University of Michigan||2008-2009|
|Dennis R. Delisle*||The George Washington University||2009-2010|
|Megan L. Illg||Xavier University||2010-2011|
|Joanna Jurich||University of Southern California||2011-2012|
|Katie Droz||University of Michigan||2012-2013|
|Jenny Lewis*||University of Minnesota – Twin Cities||2013-2014|
|Greta Guzman||New York University||2014-2015|
|Kristi Caldararo*||The Pennsylvania State University||2015-2016|
|Amy Kidane*||Xavier University||2016-2017
* Represents Current Employees