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 numerous opportunities for development and 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 working on projects in a focus area they select based on their interests.

2015-2016 Administrative Fellows

MD Anderson welcomes the 2015-2016 administrative fellowship class.

Administrative Fellows

L-R, Taylor Huffman, Katie Rushdi, and Jacob Self are the 2015-2016 administrative fellows.

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

Taylor Huffman

Originally from Pasadena, Texas, Taylor received a Master of Health Administration degree from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. While at Texas A&M, Taylor interned at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked on a Lean project to improve patient satisfaction in the surgical department. She also completed an internship at East Texas Medical Center-Fairfield, where she analyzed and improved processes in the Rural Health Clinic and emergency room.

"Throughout my fellowship search, I looked for an organization that actively encouraged its fellows to make meaningful contributions to the vital mission of improving health in all corners of the world. MD Anderson is that organization. Administrative fellows have access to virtually every facet of the organization, allowing us to develop a variety of practical skills and refine our unique leadership style. The support, mentorship, and insight we receive as fellows is unmatched by any other program. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by the best and brightest as we work towards making cancer history."

Katie Rushdi

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Katie received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and will receive a Master of Science in Health Administration upon completion of her fellowship at MD Anderson. During her time at UAB, Katie interned in customer support with Greenway Health, an electronic health record company. She also served as the graduate administrative intern for Spar Medical, a medical sales company. Katie holds a Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and was the New Member Chair on the Junior Executive Board for the American Cancer Society in Birmingham, Alabama.

"Having the opportunity to grow and learn within a fellowship program was very important to me during my search. The Administrative Fellowship Program at MD Anderson truly fosters an inclusive and dynamic environment, where fellows are respected and recognized along all levels of the organization. The mission here is extremely unique, and it is incredible to be working in a place where everyone is excited about, and committed to, providing the best possible patient care. I am looking forward to learning and contributing as much as possible during my time as an Administrative Fellow at MD Anderson, and am extremely grateful to have this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Jacob Self

Jacob Self, a native of Birmingham, AL, earned a Master of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. While in graduate school, Jacob interned at MUSC and East Cooper Medical Center. He also worked at Coastal Pediatric Associates, developing and implementing a practice-wide intranet.

"The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an institution that holds their fellows in very high esteem. Everyone from senior leadership on down is dedicated to ensuring that the fellows are part of the team. With all of the rapid changes that are happening in healthcare, it is a very exciting time to be at an institution that is equipped to respond."

Previous Fellows

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 fellows for a very successful year!

  • Ben Frank now serves as Program Manager in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson
  • Gretchen Glynn now serves as Program Manager in Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson
  • Katie Umberson now serves as Associate IT Project Manager at MD Anderson

We wish them all the best in their new positions.