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Meet the Class of M21

Jordan Ellis

Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University, 2016
 
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Medford, Oregon.

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduation, my wife and I moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue my wife’s career in marketing and sales. She worked as a sales manager for Frito-Lay and gained valuable experience in the business world. Her love and excitement for business has been a motivating factor toward my interest in pursuing an MBA to supplement my medical education. I gained valuable experience volunteering with different humanitarian and non-profit organizations. I also used the time to continue developing my interest in surgical procedures while shadowing orthopedic surgeons.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
As an undergraduate, I earned a degree in Exercise Science while competing on the basketball team and even participated in the NCAA Tournament twice. I developed a love for anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, and my team experience is an attribute I hope to apply in business school. I believe having competencies in business while in medical school will prove invaluable as I work with the ever-changing healthcare system. I love sports and the outdoors and frequently participate in pickup basketball games. I also grew up working on American muscle cars with my grandfather, who is a mechanic. My wife and family are an immense part of my life and I love spending time with them. A love for service has also been a major part of my life and helping others has been a rewarding experience. I am anxious to develop the skills necessary to foster sustainable change within the healthcare system. My path to the MD/MBA program stemmed from my experience in the Boston area, where I served a two-year church mission. I frequently worked with students with various backgrounds who earned MBAs to increase their business acumen. As an MD/MBA candidate, I hope to gain well-rounded leadership skills while gaining valuable experience in studying and facing Health Management challenges. I look forward to developing patient-centered initiatives and innovative improvements to healthcare through the Tufts MD/MBA program.
 

Adam Faletsky

Undergraduate School: Tulane University, 2017
 
Where did you grow up?
Highland Park, IL
 
What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
Adam Faletsky was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He graduated in 2017 from Tulane University with a double major in cell and molecular biology and anthropology. Throughout his undergraduate years, Adam worked as a volunteer EMT with New Orleans Emergency Medical Service and Tulane Emergency Medical Service. Working with emergency services exposed Adam to a plethora of medical conditions and trauma scenarios, which further sparked his interest in medicine. During the first two summers of his undergraduate career, Adam interned at a home healthcare agency outside of Chicago. As an intern, he rolled out a tablet-based software system that could be used by caregivers to track and record health trends exhibited by their patients. Over the summer of 2016, Adam interned at a biotechnology startup in Tel Aviv and worked to provide portable and affordable cervical screening devices to nurses and doctors practicing in developing countries. These internships exposed Adam to the duality of medicine and business and ultimately sparked his interest in obtaining an MD/MBA.
 

Shilpa Ghatnekar

Undergraduate School: Indiana University, BS Neuroscience, Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) Honors Certificate, 2014

Where did you grow up? Ft. Wayne, IN

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduation, I worked for The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare technology firm in Evanston, IL, which specializes in improving care management technology within hospitals. In 2015, I moved to Boston to begin the MBS Program at Tufts. I just recently graduated in May and am now eager to start the MD/MBA Program at Tufts. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
I am extremely excited to utilize my business knowledge and skills learned through my undergraduate career in the MD/MBA Program at Tufts. I am confident that the MBA degree, along with my MD, will enable me to gain a more holistic understanding of the ever-changing healthcare system. Further, I am eager to gain the skills learned in an MBA degree to become an effective leader in the healthcare sector. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, exploring Boston, and taking spin classes at the spin studio where I work.
 

Anusha Jayaram

Undergraduate School: NYU, 2015
  
Where did you grow up? I was born in Singapore, raised in Australia, spent a year of 8th grade in California, and attended high school in Ohio. 
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I worked full time for two years as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. I also volunteered with Mount Sinai's Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program. 
 
What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
In addition to my passion for medicine, having a thorough financial acumen as a physician and understanding the economic nuances of health policy will aid me in moving towards higher quality medical care with lower costs, which will ultimately increase financial access to healthcare for all patients. As an individual who is wholeheartedly committed to social justice, I want to ensure that I have the business knowledge to be a physician with a seat at the table where financial decisions are made, so that I can be an advocate for patient-centered progress and positive social change.
 

Alexandra Kushman

Undergraduate School: Harvard College, 2011
 
Where did you grow up? Miami, FL
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduating college in 2011, I worked for three years at the American Express Company in New York City, first as a Digital Marketing Analyst, helping to manage the Small Business Division’s email and online marketing program, and later as a Senior Analyst of Business Planning where I managed projects supporting employee engagement and corporate communications. Following my career at American Express, I spent two years volunteering in psychiatry and pediatrics and completing pre-medical requirements through the Columbia Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. While applying to medical school, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Weill Cornell Medicine  Psychiatry Department. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
Enjoying my work in the business world, I would like to contribute to the management and leadership of a large medical organization such as a hospital or academic medical center. I am very much looking forward to meeting my fellow students!
 

Christopher Muse-Fisher

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley, 2015
 
Where did you grow up? El Dorado Hills, California
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I spent one year in South Lake Tahoe working, volunteering, hiking, skiing, and raising a dog. I spent the next year in Berkeley working in the D’Esposito Neuroscience Lab as an RA. I specifically worked on the methods for the simultaneous combination of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). I spent the month before starting the MD/MBA program traveling the world, visiting Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Thailand, Indonesia, and Tokyo. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
I am interested in the MBA program because it will improve my ability to develop my workplace into an exceptional setting for not only the patients, but also my fellow healthcare workers. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, as well as exploring the outdoors.
 

Cody Perskin

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University, 2016
 
Where did you grow up? Demarest, NJ
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
For the last year I worked for Ambra Health, a healthcare IT company based in New York, NY. Ambra Health is a cloud-based software that enables healthcare organizations to effectively manage, store, and transfer medical imaging. I consulted with customers to optimize their implementation of Ambra Health’s software and to help tailor the product to their needs.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
I plan to use the MBA to pursue opportunities in hospital administration. As a hospital administrator, I hope to enhance the patient and caretaker experience. From a patient’s perspective, integral tasks such as scheduling an appointment or accessing medical records are often burdensome. From a provider’s perspective, there can be constant pressure to see a high volume of patients, while also completing required administrative duties, translating into less personalized care for each patient. I hope to apply the tools and knowledge I gain from the MBA to help healthcare organizations run more efficiently and effectively so that patients can receive the best possible care.
 

Claire Price

Undergraduate School: University of Connecticut, 2015

Where did you grow up? London, England

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated? 
Since I graduated, I helped develop a testing method for an intrauterine device for long acting contraception and a biocompatible coating for an implantable glucose biosensor for diabetics. I also worked as a consultant as part of a Life Sciences consulting firm for pharmaceutical companies. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
My aim is bridge the fields of business and medicine to improve the practice of healthcare. I also want to expand upon the One Health initiative, where veterinarians and physicians work together to better understand disease and learn from all species. In my spare time, I ride horses, go for runs, and ski.
 

Mishan Rambukwella

Undergraduate School: University of Southern California, 2014

Where did you grow up? Born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, but also spent some time growing up in Sri Lanka.

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduating, I have been working at Accenture as a consultant in the Health & Public Service practice. My work has largely been focused on the Training Development and Delivery aspects of the project lifecycle, but I have also worked closely with the Change Management and Implementation teams, giving me an understanding of cross-functional processes, interdisciplinary teams, and various delivery approaches.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
Given developing technologies and current trends in healthcare, the issues that arise in this space are becoming increasingly complex and cannot necessarily be addressed with a singular perspective. My experience in consulting has shown me that having an understanding of business fundamentals can play a vital role complementing industry knowledge in creating strategies, leading teams, and delivering solutions. By pursuing an MBA, I hope to understand the business perspectives of healthcare and combine this knowledge with my technical background and medical training to help address problems and look for opportunities that arise at the intersection of medicine, business, and technology.
 

Karan Sethi

Undergraduate School: North Carolina State University, B.S. Degree in Biology - Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration - Finance, 2015  
 
Where did you grow up? I was born in New Delhi, India and lived there until I moved to Chapel Hill, NC at the age of 9. 

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduating in the summer of 2015, I have been doing clinical as well as academic research at Duke Hospital, focusing in the field of Endocrinology. My various research projects revolved around the areas of type-2 diabetes and weight loss, familial hypercholesterolemia, the long-term effects of Statins and Niacin on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and most recently, I have helped guide a novel type-2 diabetes micro-learning education study to better educate patients in relation to their diabetes and insulin use. 
 
What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you? 
Although my interests in the business side of medicine have been cultivated throughout my life, my recent research projects at Duke Hospital solidified my decision to pursue an MBA. I developed and presented a quality improvement/best practices project aimed at discovering an efficient weight-loss strategy for our type-2 diabetic patients. I instantly fell in love with the challenges and possibilities of combining the fields of medicine and business and how we could effectively promote quality healthcare on a larger scale. By working with physician leaders we were able to develop the foundation of an effective and cost-efficient strategy to mitigate the generationally worsening epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes.
 

Vanessa Yu

Undergraduate School: Tufts University
 
Where did you grow up? Leominster, MA.
 
If you’ve been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Her first exposure to healthcare management was during her semester abroad in Sydney where she worked for Blugibbon, a startup medical consulting firm. After becoming acquainted with the complexities of another country's health care system, Vanessa returned to the states to work with the CEO of UMASS Memorial's HealthAlliance hospital. During this internship she learned the importance of strong leadership and the influence that a clear vision can have on the efficacy of an organization. She is looking forward to learning more about health care administration and to determining what part she can play in improving our system.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?      
She is looking forward to learning more about health care administration and to determining what part she can play in improving our system. Aside from health care management, Vanessa also has an interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has spent time studying under TCM practitioners at Yunnan Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. As someone who benefits from TCM herself, Vanessa hopes to incorporate these practices into her future career as a physician. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys cooking, traveling, exploring the city, and spending time with family. She can't wait for all the adventures that await in this new chapter at TUSM!