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Meet the Class of M23

Daniel Finch

Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, 2017

Where did you grow up? Lexington, MA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Emergency Department at MGH, and then as a Health Services Research Analyst in the Orthopaedics Department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

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’m interested in the MBA program due to the ability to combine interdisciplinary learning to improve patient outcomes and maximize value in healthcare. In my education and work experiences, I’ve seen that there are many non-medical factors that influence access and quality of healthcare delivery, and I believe that addressing these issues through policy and organizational improvement is essential to improving healthcare now and in the future. Through obtaining the dual MD/MBA degree, I strive to be an excellent care provider but also have a voice in shaping the systems and forces that drive healthcare delivery. Outside of work, I enjoy rooting for the local professional sports teams, and seek opportunities for trail running, backpacking, mountain biking, and skiing.
 

Avery Glover

Undergraduate School: Emory University, 2017

Where did you grow up? Shreveport, LA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduation, Avery moved on to Georgia State University as the WellStar Fellow in Religion and Public Life. There he completed an M.A. in Religion and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and worked alongside clinical ethicists at the WellStar Health System. During this time, Avery enjoyed the opportunity to bridge his interests across medicine, business, and the humanities. He developed novel metrics for the evaluation and cross-national comparison of ethics consultation services and implemented new methods of ethical development for healthcare leaders.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Avery’s experiences in the fellowship led him to appreciate how values are shaped by and expressed within the field of medicine. He plans to use the joint MD/MBA to advance ethical thinking in both systems and clinical decision-making. In his free time, Avery enjoys fiction, chess, and cooking Cajun cuisine.

Biography
Avery Glover is an M’23 MD/MBA candidate. He grew up in Shreveport, LA and later attended Emory University in Atlanta where he earned a degree in Religious Studies. After graduation, Avery moved on to Georgia State University as the WellStar Fellow in Religion and Public Life. There he completed an M.A. in Religion and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and worked alongside clinical ethicists at the WellStar Health System. During this time, Avery enjoyed the opportunity to bridge his interests across medicine, business, and the humanities. He developed novel metrics for the evaluation and cross-national comparison of ethics consultation services and implemented new methods of ethical development for healthcare leaders. His experiences in the fellowship led him to appreciate how values are shaped by and expressed within the field of medicine. He plans to use the joint MD/MBA to advance ethical thinking in both systems and clinical decision-making. In his free time, Avery enjoys fiction, chess, and cooking Cajun cuisine.
 

Salim Gnabode

Undergraduate School: CUNY, York College, 2017

Where did you grow up? Benin (Africa) 

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I graduated from York College of the City University of New York with a B.S in Mathematics and a minor in Physics in 2017. Afterward, I attended Duke University School of Medicine where I completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. While completing my master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, I did independent work on the use of Local Binary Convolutional Neural Networks (LBCNN), a classification algorithm for images recognition and processing.  I was interested in learning whether using LBCNN in conjunction with Wireless Capsule Endoscopy images would create technology for automatically detecting tumors, significantly reducing the time it takes a gastroenterologist to diagnose a patient.  This experience has increased my interest in combining a career in academic surgery while working on medical devices and healthcare innovation. Through the Duke program, I also became an EMT-B certified and did some rotation as an EMT at the Duke Emergency Department and the Durham Fire Department. After graduating from Duke University’s Master of Biomedical Sciences Program, I spent four weeks working as a Biomedical Sciences Teaching Assistant (TA) with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. I was based in Hong Kong where I worked primarily with 7th and 8th-grade students. Upon having finished my work in Hong Kong, I returned to New York City where I worked as a part-time Science and Mathematics Tutor with Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). Through my teaching and tutoring experiences, I have discovered the importance of mentoring minority students and I plan to continue mentoring minority high school students while in medical school.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
At this moment in time, I’m interested in combining a career in orthopedic surgery with working on medical devices and healthcare innovation. I hope the MBA program would give me the right tools to understand the complexities of starting and run a successful MedTech company as well as understanding the specific policies I will encounter day to day as a physician--so I can be a better advocate for my patients. My hobbies include photography, blogging, playing and watching soccer and traveling.
 

David Hollis

Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University, 2018
 
Where did you grow up? Seal Beach, a small seaside town in north Orange County, California.

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I joined product development team at Dendreon, a biotechnology company that manufactures an immunotherapy for prostate cancer patients. I was responsible for assembling clinical and commercial biologic products and quality assurance. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
The MBA will give me managerial, financial, and technical expertise to complement my medical education and prepare me for ever-changing medical field.
I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine during service missions abroad and I wish to contribute to global health in the future. I plan to use the management fundamentals gained from the MBA to implement the best solutions to improve patient conditions across the globe.
 

Luke Keffer

Undergraduate School: Boston College, 2015
 
Where did you grow up? Roseville, California
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
After graduating from Boston College, I began working at Science Exchange - a technology startup based in Silicon Valley that has created a marketplace for the outsourcing of research services. As an R&D Specialist and Sourcing Team Lead, I worked with my team to manage the outsourced research for several large pharmaceutical companies including Amgen, Merck and Eli Lilly. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
While applying to school, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Marc Lippman who is currently running the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. During our meeting Dr. Lippman mentioned that in addition to providing a high quality of care to patients in their office, physicians have a responsibility to treat the patient they may never see. 

After improving research collaboration through a business lens while at Science Exchange, I learned the value of approaching problems from multiple angles. It is my goal to pursue a dual MD/MBA with the hope of providing the highest quality of care to patients that I see personally, but also introducing critical changes to improve global healthcare on an institutional level.
 

Megan Moore

Undergraduate School: Duke University, 2018
 
Where did you grow up? Denver, Colorado

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated? 
Working as a Medical Assistant for a neurosurgeon
 
What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Both my undergraduate research on government healthcare policies and my experience working as a Medical Assistant exposed me to the impact business and economics have on everyday healthcare practice. I believe that business knowledge will allow me to analyze and optimize healthcare delivery systems and thereby better serve my patients. I am especially interested in studying the economic and political forces influencing geriatric and end of life care and the application of business principles in these fields. 

Biography
Megan Moore was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where she developed an appreciation for hiking, running, and the outdoors. She attended school at Duke University and graduated with a B.A. in public policy. While at Duke, she researched behavioral economics in relation to government healthcare policies, which sparked her interest in the economic and business forces shaping health care delivery. She especially enjoyed studying how these issues apply to geriatric and end of life care. After graduating from Duke, she returned home to Colorado and worked as a Medical Assistant at a neurosurgery practice. This job included both clinical and administrative duties, which helped Megan understand the interrelatedness of management, economics, and medical care. She hopes to use her MBA/MD dual degree to improve the efficiency and efficacy of healthcare delivery systems.
 

William Nicholson

Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University, 2015

Where did you grow up? Cape Cod, MA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I cooked in restaurants, worked on housing programs for the homeless, served in the Peace Corps, and spent a very cold, beautiful winter as a carpenter beside a marsh. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
The MBA interests me because I view business as a vehicle for solving problems. The Peace Corps gave me a love for entrepreneurial endeavors striving to improve the world, and I hope to continue discovering new opportunity landscapes.
 

Jacob Rha

Undergraduate School: Baylor University, 2017
 
Where did you grow up? Dallas, TX
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I worked as a Medical Scribe for a neurotologist for a year and then transitioned to a role in the finance department at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. I’ve also run two marathons and played in numerous volleyball tournaments. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
With the MBA, I am excited to jump into a leadership role within the healthcare space, realigning incentives among both physicians and administrators towards improved health outcomes and minimized costs. My specific research interests involve designing robust research studies that investigate the role of diversity in the patient-physician relationship and the shared decision-making process. My background in economics and mathematics also lends itself to healthcare analytics and policy research.
 

Ganeev Singh

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with Psychobiology major and Entrepreneurship minor, 2017 

Where did you grow up? Whittier, CA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Immediately after graduating from UCLA, I started working full-time as an Associate Consultant at Triage Consulting Group because I wanted to gain a true understanding of healthcare delivery and its challenges. My work at Triage allowed me to acquire a fundamental understanding about the hospital billing revenue cycle and opened my eyes to the antagonistic financial relationship between insurance companies and providers. 

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’m excited to complete my dual MD/MBA degree at Tufts to start my interdisciplinary career in medicine and business. As an aspiring physician with an extensive medical background and strong management skills, I will be able to provide clinical insight into management decision-making at medical institutions and bridge the gap between clinical medicine and healthcare administration. I am also interested in higher level hospital management as a medical director one day, impacting lives in my community and beyond.
 

Alex Sugerman

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, 2018

Where did you grow up? Ann Arbor, MI

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I have been working as an EMT for a commercial ambulance company in Washington, D.C. which has allowed me to gain hands-on experience with patients while also deepening my understanding of many pre- and post-hospital care options within the healthcare system. Concurrently, I interned with the Fundraising and Development team at the Packard Center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins University, working to find innovative ways to optimize communications between the organization and the patients, physicians, and researchers that it serves.

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 incredibly excited by the MD/MBA program because I believe that pursuing an MBA alongside an MD will afford me an incredibly valuable perspective in approaching problems within our current healthcare system. It is impossible to disentangle the practice of medicine from the business-driven decision making that informs it, and I want to gain an understanding of both of these components of the healthcare system so that I can work to better serve patients and healthcare professionals. As an undergraduate, I pursued foundational coursework in entrepreneurship which I hope to build upon in order to work on biotech projects that will allow physicians to effectuate improved patient outcomes. Additionally, my experiences in a professional business fraternity taught me how engaging with solution-oriented, business-minded individuals leads to progressive innovations. I hope to further this knowledge and practice through the Tufts MD/MBA program.