Meet Our Current Fellows
Administrative Fellows (2023 - 2024)
Amy Ben-Zvi, MPH
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Medicine
Amy Ben-Zvi was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She found her passion for public health at UCLA, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Public Health. During this time, she interned at UCLA Health's Office of the Patient Experience, as well as at Venice Family Clinic on the Advocacy and Community Outreach Team. Upon graduating, Amy immediately went to work at the front lines during the pandemic, screening for COVID-19 at the hospital doors and then working on COVID-19 treatment research and trials. Amy continued to gain exposure at UCLA Health, handling and updating financial processes for the Communications department. Determined to work to improve health and healthcare delivery, Amy earned her Master of Public Health from Columbia University, where she specialized in Health Policy and Management. While at Columbia, Amy worked at Mount Sinai on patient experience initiatives and the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island on multidisciplinary public health projects to help strengthen primary care.
Amy serves as the Administrative Fellow for the Department of Medicine. She is eager to learn the inner workings of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeon's largest department. In her free time Amy likes to take walks in Central Park, explore new areas of NYC, and visit with family and friends. She is looking forward to the year to come.
Birjot Kaur, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery
Birjot Kaur was born and raised in Queens, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from Queens College. Immediately following her undergraduate education, Birjot moved to Los Angeles and earned her Master of Health Administration at the University of Southern California. During Birjot’s time at USC, she completed an Administrative Residency at Optum San Bernardino where she worked on various clinical and administrative tasks that assisted in the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Birjot was exposed to an underserved population in San Bernardino, California which only further ignited her passion and lifelong goal of being a part of the fight against health disparities.
Birjot is the Administrative Fellow within the Neurosurgery Department. She is excited to expand upon her operational knowledge and learn more about the strategic and financial struggles in the healthcare system. In her free time, Birjot enjoys spending time by the water, going to Lakers games, and exploring new cities.
Daphne Loyd, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Daphne Loyd was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Queens, NY since she was 3. She graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in health science. She pursued internships at various local and international healthcare systems to supplement her education, giving her exposure to a wide range of clinical and administrative projects, such as reducing diabetes disparities through community-based workshops and developing efficient educational programs for healthcare professionals on COVID-19 safety and cultural sensitivity. As a result of these experiences, Daphne was more determined than ever to obtain her master's in health administration at Hofstra University. While at Hofstra, she worked as a revenue cycle analyst and administrative intern at Northwell Health’s Cancer Institute where she was involved in several projects regarding patient advocacy, increasing focus on community access to healthcare, and improving financial transparency for the local patient population.
Daphne serves as the Administrative Fellow for the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC). She is eager to acquire new skills from her distinguished colleagues and work with them to find solutions to prevalent healthcare problems faced by underprivileged local populations. Daphne enjoys exploring new places with her friends and attending various forms of dance workshops in her free time. She's excited to see what the upcoming year offers.
Enlin Carow, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
Enlin Carow hails from New Jersey. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Pittsburgh, concentrating in supply chain and business information systems. In 2019, she worked as a student research intern in London at RIX Research and Media. Here, she discovered a newfound passion for process improvement. Following graduation from Pitt, Enlin moved to Washington D.C. to pursue her master's in health administration from The George Washington University. In 2022, she worked as a supply chain intern at Allina Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this role she gained valuable experience doing various process improvement projects, shadowing executives and going on site visits. Some projects she worked on included creating an A3 future state analysis for the Supply Chain Department and supporting the development of a system-wide purchasing guide.
Enlin serves as the Administrative Fellow for the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology. She is excited to tackle projects and learn more about the operations, finances, and strategic vision for the department. In her free time Enlin enjoys working out, traveling and going to concerts.
Hannah Maisel, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Psychiatry
Hannah Maisel was born and raised in Roxbury, New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked in various research laboratories investigating the mind and body, fruit flies, and depression and anxiety. After graduating, she became a Research Assistant at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital studying negative symptoms in children and adults with autism and schizophrenia. This experience led to her passion for implementing proactive changes in the healthcare environment while focusing on minimizing disparities and maintaining innovation.
Hannah attended Rutgers University for her Master of Healthcare Administration Degree. During her graduate studies, she worked as a Medical Office Associate at Atlantic Health System Morristown Medical Center in their Orthopedic Oncology Department. There she was able to perform a practice analysis focusing on care optimization, efficiency, quality, and growth. Her experiences have inspired her to continue this path of improving the quality of care, patient and provider experience, employee satisfaction, and healthcare advancement.
Hannah serves as the current Administrative Fellow for the Department of Psychiatry. She looks forward to working with the team to learn about the department’s operational, financial, and leadership resources. Her goal is to develop strong project management skills while establishing a positive impact on the quality of care provided. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, trying new restaurants and travelling. Hannah is ecstatic to begin this next chapter of her career and explore New York!
Julie Kim, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Dermatology
Originally from Clarksville, Maryland, Julie Kim attended Cornell University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Policy and Master of Health Administration through the accelerated five-year BS/MHA track in the Sloan Program in Health Administration. Julie completed her graduate summer internship at Mount Sinai Health System, advancing quality improvement and community outreach initiatives in cardiac services. Throughout her graduate studies, she also conducted research in child health and wellbeing policy, investigating the impact of public programs on child health and academic outcomes. Moreover, she has a wide range of healthcare experiences working with payors, biopharma, and medical device companies.
Julie is the current Administrative Fellow for the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. She is eager to learn from the academic medical center’s leaders and apply her healthcare experiences to make a positive impact on patient care delivery at Columbia. In her free time, Julie loves taking yoga and spin classes, going to outdoor concerts, and, after spending five years in snowy Ithaca, is excited to explore New York City.
Kalliope Vourakis, MPA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of Medicine
Kalliope Vourakis is from Queens, New York. She acquired her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and minor in Business Administration from Stony Brook University. Shortly after graduating, she began attending NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service to obtain her Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in Health Services Management to pursue her passion of refining the United States healthcare system. While completing her graduate degree, Kalliope worked at Northwell Health LIJ Valley Stream Hospital as a Patient and Customer Experience Specialist. In this role, Kalliope sought to improve the patient experience and interacted daily with patients and their families while operating closely with the clinical team. Working during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalliope recognized the holes of the healthcare system further igniting her passion of growing into an influential healthcare leader that can bring positive change like enhancing healthcare delivery and services to patients and improving employee satisfaction.
Kalliope is presently serving as the Administrative Fellow for the Department of Medicine. She is thrilled to expand her experience and undertake projects that will grant her a fuller understanding of the numerous components that make up a large health system. In her free time, Kalliope likes to work out and watch anime.
Macy Gimbel, MHA
- Administrative Fellow, Department of the Vice Dean of Administration
Macy Gimbel grew up in Boonton Township, New Jersey. For the past five years she has lived in Washington, DC earning her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Health Administration from The George Washington University. During her time in her graduate program, Macy completed an Administrative Internship with MultiCare Health System, enabling her to gain broad experience throughout the healthcare system. Specifically, she worked to connect staff to career growth opportunities, improve the process for future building design, and strengthened the employee lifecycle. Additionally, for the past two years Macy worked at The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, overseeing student leaders, and coordinating the recruitment and hiring of student tutors.
Macy serves as the Administrative Fellow for the Office of the Vice Dean of Administration. She is excited to gain further experience in human resources, faculty affairs, and clinical operations, while learning from leaders across the institution. In her free time, Macy enjoys visiting museums, seeing live music, and exploring the city with friends.
Nareesa Dhalla, MPH, MPA
- Administrative Fellow, Faculty Practice Organization, Finance & Operations
Nareesa Dhalla was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She attended Western University in London, Ontario, where she earned her Bachelors of Honours Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Promotion. She previously worked at a community-based, non-profit organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to coordinate services delivered by hospitals, long-term care homes and community care. This experience led Nareesa to pursue her Masters of Public Health and Masters of Public Administration at New York University. During her time at NYU, Nareesa was the Summer Scholar Fellow and spent her time working with the Policy and Strategy Division of the United Nations Population Fund in a Data Analytics and Visualization role.
Nareesa currently serves as the Administrative Fellow within the Operations team of Faculty Practice Organization, ColumbiaDoctors. As Nareesa has a finance specialization from NYU Wagner, she will be spending some rotations of the fellowship learning more about the financial aspects of healthcare. She is excited to tackle projects that will allow her to learn more about the strategic, operational and financial challenges of a larger healthcare system. In her free time, Nareesa enjoys going on runs, exploring NYC, and enjoying time with friends and family!