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Past & Present Administrative Fellows

The David A. Gee Administrative Fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is highly competitive, with representation from graduate programs all over the country. Our former fellows are extremely successful within and outside of the organization as executive leadership continually works to develop fellows' leadership skills and nurture their career advancement.



 Graduate Alma Mater

Current Position


Blake Exline 2015 Saint Louis University First Year Fellow Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Rupal Wadhawan 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University First Year Fellow Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Kaci Dannatt 2013 University of Missouri

Oncology Program Manager, Siteman Cancer Center

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Jyotsna Somaraju  2013 Rush University Second Year Fellow, Concentration: Laboratory Administration
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Diedre Boozer  2012 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Manager, Orthopedics & Spine
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Michelle Thoma  2012 Virginia Commonwealth University Program Director, Making BJC Better
BJC HealthCare
Robert Portwood  2011 University of Minnesota Operations Director, Siteman Cancer Center
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Chi Huang              2011 Rush University     Business & Project Manager, Organ Transplant Center
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare
Danielle Atterberry 2010 University of Kansas Medical Center Manager, Imaging Services

Boone Hospital Center, BJC HealthCare

Caitlan Mackinnon-Patterson 2010 Tulane University Administrative Director, Ambulatory Services

Duke University Hospital

Tara Hearns


University of Minnesota

Associate Administrator

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare

Adrienne Ford


University of Michigan

System Director of Neuroscience 

St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City

Kate Jones


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Practice Administrator, Pediatric Clinics

University of Chicago Medicine

Andrew Pierce


University of Michigan

Director of Operations, Perioperative Services

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC HealthCare

Katie Egan


Saint Louis University

Manager, Strategy

Loyola University Health System

Vikas Ghayal


The Ohio State University

Executive Director, Emergency & Procedural Services

University of Chicago Medicine

Tara Hendrix


Saint Louis University

Business Process Consultant

BJC HealthCare

Lindsay Selner


Washington University in St. Louis

Director, Activation Planning

BJC HealthCare

Chris Watts


Washington University in St. Louis

Vice President, Capital & Program Planning

BJC HealthCare

Pradipta Komanduri


University of Minnesota

Vice President for Patient Access

Loyola University Medical Center

Matt Brown


University of Kansas

Vice President, Emergency, Trauma, and Clinical Services

University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville

Vikram Acharya


Yale University

Vice President, Clinical & Procedural Services

University of Chicago Medicine

Jason Keeler


University of Missouri

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

University of Chicago Medicine

Examples of Past Fellowship Projects

Joint Commission Guidelines

  • Collaboration with the chief operating officer to create a comprehensive source of Joint Commission guidelines
  • From these efforts, a redefined Quality and Patient Safety department was created at the hospital.

GI Lab 

  • Operations engineering project analyzed bed utilization
  • Developed a solution to increase efficiency and utilization without increasing the costs of the department   
Emergency Department 
  • Development of new emergency department
  • Coordinated a major initiative to decrease wait times for patients visiting the emergency room   
 Diabetes Center
  • Developed a new comprehensive diabetes center, beginning with concept planning and ending with physical facility design
  • Helped create staffing, operational, and marketing models    
Operating Room
  • Played a key role in facilities planning and design of the largest operating room construction initiative in the country
  • Helped in operating room process improvement initiatives to increase efficiency and overall satisfaction
Resident Skills Training
  • Played a key role in the development of a standardized central line insertion training program for incoming residents across several academic departments
Medicine Resident Clinic Redesign
  • Helped manage the scope and design of a new Medical Office Building which includes space for an expanded Medicine Resident Clinic
  • Visited other major Academic Medical Centers to gather design and operational benchmarks for the clinic, worked directly with hospital and Washington University School of Medicine senior leadership to define patient and provider needs, and managed logistics associated with this extensive capital project

Heart & Vascular Center

  • Facilitated the development and execution of plans to create a Heart & Vascular Center front door
  • Coordinated the internal hospital campaign for the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk 2011

Master Facility Planning

  • Facilitated and managed the daily BJH activities related to the Washington University Medical Center (WUMC) Campus Renewal Plan

Neuroscience Center

  • Conducted financial and volume trend analysis to drive strategic planning
  • Performed bed utilization analysis and developed a business case for restructuring the available Neuroscience bed platform within Neurosurgery and Neurology departments

BJC Stroke Integrated Practice Unit

  • Coordinated the development of the BJC Stroke Integrated Practice Unit led by CEO
  • Served as administrative liaison to strategic work groups and facilitated interdisciplinary system meetings

Learn more about the David A. Gee Administrative Fellowship.

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