United Hospital Fund Launches 14th Class of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

NEW YORK, NY—April 4, 2023—United Hospital Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) have launched the 14th class of their Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, a 15-month program designed to develop the next generation of quality improvement and patient safety leaders.

The class of 2023-2024 is made up of 28 mid-career health care professionals, including 19 physicians, seven nurse professionals, and two physician assistants from 25 health care institutions across the New York metropolitan area. In March the Fellows attended a two-day learning retreat at the Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Center in Armonk, NY, where they reviewed the latest quality and patient safety best practices, federal and state policies, and how to create high reliability in health care and apply a health equity focus.

The CQFP program was created in 2009 to expand the number of clinicians with the skills needed to lead quality improvement and patient safety efforts in their hospitals and other health care settings and has enrolled more than 300 Fellows since its launch. Many of the program’s graduates have gone on to assume leadership positions in their health care organizations.


Each fellowship program includes two off-site learning retreats, monthly webinars, mentoring by expert faculty, and the development by each Fellow of a capstone project that involves planning and implementing a quality improvement initiative at their institution.


The 14th class of Fellows:

  • Gina Adams, RN, Catholic Health Good Samaritan University Hospital
  • Khaja Ahmed, DO, NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
  • Sadia Arshad, MD, Northwell/South Shore University Hospital
  • Qudsia Banu, MD, One Brooklyn Health-Brookdale Hospital 
  • Loren Barhold, PA-C, Mount Sinai West
  • Lindsay Beach, PA-C, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
  • Suzanne Bentley, MD, MPH, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • Joan Curcio, MD, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • Cassidy Dahn, MD, NYU Langone Tisch Hospital
  • Aileen Gallivan, RN, MS, Northwell/Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Jacklyn Hagedorn, MD, NYU Langone Tisch Kimmel
  • Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD, NYC Health + Hospitals/Central Office
  • John Reyes, DO, Northwell Health/Huntington Hospital
  • Elan Levy, MD, MBA, Northwell/Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Lauren Lorenz, RN, Blythedale Children's Hospital
  • Manju Luke, DO, Northwell/North Shore University Hospital
  • Meredith Lynn, MD, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur Health
  • Chelsey Mitchell, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • Lina Miyakawa, MD, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Adam Pepperman, MD, NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn
  • Salman Shah, MD, Nassau University Medical Center
  • Ardita Sopi, NP, SBH Health System
  • Hetal Tangal, MD, One Brooklyn Health - Brookdale Hospital 
  • Shawna Townsend, RN, PhD, MS, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Eumenide Vernet, RN, NP, Mount Sinai Union Square
  • Schuyler Widhalm, RN, Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Irina Zaretsky, MD, Mount Sinai West


About United Hospital Fund

United Hospital Fund works to build an effective and equitable health care system for every New Yorker. An independent, nonprofit organization, we are a force for improvement, analyzing public policy to inform decision-makers, finding common ground among diverse stakeholders, and developing and supporting innovative programs that improve health and health care. We work to dismantle barriers in health policy and health care delivery that prevent equitable
opportunities for health. For more on our initiatives and programs please visit our website at www.uhfnyc.org and follow us on Twitter.



April 4, 2023
Quality Institute