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Fellows

The MD Anderson fellowship is successful in training and developing fellows for their careers after the program. Past fellows have found great opportunities inside and outside of MD Anderson.

Through the eyes of our administrative fellows, MD Anderson is the perfect place to grow. It offers opportunities for development, while making significant contributions to our institution. Under the leadership of John Bingham, vice president of Performance Improvement and chief quality officer, the fellows will spend one year employed at MD Anderson in an area they select based on their interests.

2014-2015 Administrative Fellows

MD Anderson welcomes the 2014-2015 administrative fellowship class.

Administrative Fellows

L-R, Gretchen Glynn, Ben Frank, and Katie Umberson are the 2014-2015 administrative fellows.

Along with their willingness to learn, they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight into hospital operations and programs.

Gretchen Glynn


Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Gretchen earned her Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago. During her graduate studies, Gretchen interned with Rush’s Perioperative Services department developing reports to show operational metrics and working on various process improvement projects. In addition, she completed her summer internship at the University of North Carolina Health Care in the Surgical Services department, where she worked on a Kaizen project to improve the efficiency of the OR supply rooms.

“MD Anderson’s mission, patient experience initiatives, and continuous research make excellent patient care a foundation of the organization’s culture. This was extremely important to me as I considered what distinguished MD Anderson’s fellowship from the rest. In addition to the culture, I was impressed with the support that the fellowship is provided through the preceptor, mentors, and past fellows. I am excited to work on meaningful projects while learning from the best in the industry.”

Ben Frank


Ben Frank, a native of Lexington, South Carolina, earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. While he was at MUSC, he worked with the MUSC Chief Nursing Information Officer to restructure the IT support services Help Desk before a system wide rollout of Epic, EMR. His experience includes project management, productivity analysis, and process improvement.

“Throughout my search for a fellowship I knew I wanted to be in an organization where people were excited about their jobs and taking care of their patients. MD Anderson is definitely that place. By having the opportunity to rotate through almost every corner of the institution, we fellows have had the chance to see just why MD Anderson is considered one of the best places to work in the country. I chose this fellowship because I knew it would provide me with the best learning experience to develop my career as a healthcare administrator."

Katie Umberson


Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Katie earned a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. While completing her graduate studies, Katie worked full time as a Certificate of Need consultant, serving healthcare organizations throughout the southeast.

“MD Anderson truly values its Administrative Fellows, and offers them the opportunity to learn from and work with senior leadership. Their commitment to excellence in patient care, as well as cancer treatment and prevention, sets them apart from many other organizations, and appealed to me as a potential new Fellow. I am both excited and grateful to be here, and look forward to learning as much as possible over the coming year so that I can contribute to MD Anderson in the future!”

2014-2015 Clinical Administrative Fellow

MD Anderson welcomes the 2014-2015 clinical administrative fellow:

Nikhil G. Thaker, M.D.


Originally from Voorhees, New Jersey, Dr. Thaker earned his medical doctorate from the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School and was a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Nikhil is also currently a clinical radiation oncology resident at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a Clinical Administrative Fellow, Nikhil will be focusing on cancer care innovation, clinical operations, quality improvement, and value-based healthcare. Nikhil has implemented time-driven activity-based costing methodology to capture resource utilization and costs of multidisciplinary care for cancer patients. This position is internally appointed and is not open to application.

“MD Anderson is a truly unique place to work! It values high-quality cancer care, innovative discoveries, and integrity, while maintaining an extremely supportive and caring culture. As a Clinical Administrative Fellow, I will be working very closely with the Administrative Fellowship team to bring a multidisciplinary clinical background to our administrative projects. This fellowship experience will integrate administrative and clinical leadership experiences, which will be very important as we move forward in our evolving healthcare system. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with our Fellows team and senior leadership throughout the institution!”

Previous Fellows

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 fellows, for a very successful year! We wish them all the best in their new positions.

  • Caitlin Byler now serves as Program Manager in MD Anderson Cancer Network
  • Kate Lowe serves as Program Manager in Clinical Operations at MD Anderson
  • Ryan Broadhead serves as a Clinical Business Manager in the Melanoma Center at MD Anderson

© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center