The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital Administrative Fellowship Program emphasizes leadership specifically by allowing full accessibility to the entire senior operations team. This allows fellows the opportunity to both observe effective leadership in others and to develop his or her leadership skills. Further insight from both phone and on-site interviews indicates that candidates are keenly interested in the degree and quality of mentorship.
In addition to the overall preceptor-fellow relationship, the MD Anderson model assigns specific Executive Mentors to fellows based on their current interests and career objectives. Depending on the fellows’ own abilities and interests, specific recommendations for assigned mentors include: the Vice President, Finance and Accounting; Vice President of Clinical Support Services; the Chief Information Officer; and Vice President, Process Improvement. The role of the mentor is two-fold. First, the mentor serves as a formal guide through the fellowship year regarding either professional or project-specific advice. Second, the mentor will monitor the fellows’ monthly progression and project portfolio as it pertains to the career interests of each individual fellow.
This collaborative mentorship allows administrative fellows to not only gain exposure to various types of leadership and managerial skills through daily interaction with all members of the senior operations team, but to form a strong mentorship relation with executives regarding project management and exposure as it relates to career interests.
Mentor Team Bios
Vice President, Performance Improvement and Chief Quality Officer
Bingham is responsible for all clinical quality and performance improvement activities at MD Anderson, in collaboration with the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief; the Chief Academic Officer; members of the Senior Operations Team; and the clinical division heads. He provides and facilitates strategic planning for quality improvement and patient safety for Clinical Operations.
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Chris Belmont is the Chief Information Officer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Chris has over 30 years healthcare IT experience from various positions in IT leadership, sales and consulting with Siemens, Healthlink and IBM. Chris is now leading MD Anderson through a system wide Epic, EMR rollout.
Thomas A. Buchholz, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief
Dr. Buchholz was Professor and Division Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center before taking his current role as Physician in Chief. He holds the Frank T. McGraw Chair for the Study of Cancer. His academic interests focus on clinical and translational research in breast cancer and radiation oncology. Specific interests include studying molecular determinants of treatment resistance and investigating novel combinations of targeted therapy with radiation to improve the therapeutic outcome. Finally, Dr. Buchholz has a strong interest in education and mentoring junior faculty and trainees.
Victoria Jordan, Ph.D., MBA, MS
Director, Quality Measurement and Engineering, Office of Performance Improvement
Dr. Victoria Jordan specializes in applied statistics and quality improvement. As the Director of Quality Engineering and Clinical Operations Informatics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, she currently leads Quality Engineering and Clinical Informatics within the Office of Performance Improvement. Quality Engineering provides expertise to the organization in process and system improvement by applying quality tools and methodologies that support safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient-centeredness.
Doris Quinn, Ph.D., MSN
Director, Quality Improvement and Quality Education
Dr. Quinn is Director of Process Improvement and Quality Education in the Office of Performance Improvement at U. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her current duties include overseeing: clinical process analysis; the Quality College; the Simulation Center; and all QI education for medical students, residents, physicians, nurses and other clinicians interested in making quality their career path.