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Meet the Anton Fellows

Meelie DebRoy, MD
Meelie DebRoy, MD

2023
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2023

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Transplant Surgery – Adult and Pediatric

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Surgical Director, Liver Transplant
Director, Pediatric Transplant Surgery
Director, Living Donor (Kidney) Transplantation
Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program
Director, Kidney Transplant Surgery Outreach and Vascular Access
Senior Attending Surgeon
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Associate Professor Department of Surgery Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Case Western Reserve University

Kristie Ross, MD
Kristie Ross, MD

2023
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2023

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Division Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine; Vice Chair, Affiliate Hospitals, Department of Pediatrics

Steven Shein, MD
Steven Shein, MD

2023
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2023

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Co-Director, Pediatric Critical Care Clinical, Basic & Translational Research Program
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

Robert Hughes, DO
Robert Hughes, DO

2022
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2022

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Emergency Medicine

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?

Associate Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, Cleveland Medical Center
Medical Director, University Hospitals System Operations Center
Director, University Hospitals Health System Operations & Logistics

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
2024 will bring a new, expanded role within the emergency medicine service line

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
The connections with the Anton Fellow group, and the time at the Harvard course. Just a phenomenal experience that really expanded my leadership skills. The peer learning at the course, and here at UH has been second to none.

Tyler Katz, MD, FACOG
Tyler Katz, MD, FACOG

2022
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2022

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
OB/GYN, OB Hospitalist

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Medical Director, Labor and Delivery, Division Director, OB Hospitalists for UH OB Network (UH System hospitals)

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Additional groups added to my division, growth of my division

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
The Harvard course was excellent. I feel so privileged to have attended and learned so much which I look forward to using daily in my leadership work.

Jessica R. Goldstein, MD, FACEP
Jessica R. Goldstein, MD, FACEP

2020
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2020

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Emergency Medicine

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
System Medical Director, Emergency Medicine Quality Network

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Chief Medical Officer, UH Ahuja Medical Center

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Networking with current fellows, coaching, self-reflection and planning for professional goals, funding to support professional growth training, meeting with system leaders, exposure to operational, strategic and budgetary planning.

Tiffany Hodges, MD
Tiffany Hodges, MD

2020
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2017

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Neurosurgical Oncology

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Neurosurgical Oncology Lead at UH Ahuja Medical Center
CNS Executive Committee, Vice Chair of Education and Chair of DEI

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Associate Residency Program Director (until July 1, 2023)
Interim Director of the Brain Tumor NeuroOncology Center

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
I appreciated the authentic relationships I developed with my class of Anton fellows and the classes before us. I enjoyed being able to bounce ideas with other fellows, but I most enjoyed shadowing leaders at UH.

Brian Zack, MD, MPH
Brian Zack, MD, MPH

2020
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2020

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
General Pediatrics

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
System Medical Director, Telehealth; Regional Medical Director, Rainbow Primary Care Institute; Medical Director, UH Rainbow Nurse Advice Line; Board Member, UH Quality Care Network

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Associate CMO, UH Ahuja Medical Center

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Both the unique ability to connect, network and learn from local and system leaders; Formed a comradery and network of peers with other fellows; Recognition as a system leader – meaning, others see you in a new lens, and opportunities may arise.

Mada Fares Helou, MD, FASA
Mada Fares Helou, MD, FASA

2019
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2019-2020

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Primary Specialty: Anesthesiology Subspecialty: Critical Care Medicine

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
Associate Program Director for Anesthesiology, Program Director for Anesthesiology

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Broader participation in departmental, institutional and system wide initiatives

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
The relationships! The unique perspectives I received from the UH leaders broadened my understanding of the UH hospital system as a whole and further reinforced how my efforts contribute to the big picture. The fellowship also helped me further develop my own leadership style through mentorship sessions with our experienced leaders. I left the fellowship even more motivated to help with upcoming initiatives and committed to growing our brand!

Brian D’Anza, MD, MA, FACS
Brian D’Anza, MD, MA, FACS

2019
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2019

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Specialty: Otolaryngology/ENT
Subspecialty: Sinus and Skull Base Surgery

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?

Various local/hospital leadership roles:

  • Department Lead, UH Acute Sinusitis Care Pathway, Quality Assurance Committee
  • Physician Lead, Innovation and Digital Health, UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Faculty Council, (also Nominations and Elections Subcommittee), Elected Representative
  • Department Lead, UH Epistaxis Care Pathway, Quality Assurance Committee

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?

Other UH leadership roles:

  • Lead/Chair, UH Digital Health Programmatic Guidance Committee
  • Member, UH Digital Consumer Journey Committee
  • Physician Lead/Chair, UH Digital Inclusion Committee

Other national roles:

  • Member of Telehealth Committee - American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Member of Medical Informatics Committee – American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Medical Advisor, Advisory Board, Wyndly Health Inc.
  • Medical Advisor, Advisory Board, Wellacy Health Inc.

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Personalized feedback and coaching sessions with personal leadership coach Meeting with executive leaders from across the system to appreciate their perspective and advice. I have formed several great mentor relationships as a result.sessions with our experienced leaders. I left the fellowship even more motivated to help with upcoming initiatives and committed to growing our brand!

Dieter Sumerauer, MD
Dieter Sumerauer, MD

2019
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2019

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Pediatrics

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?

Medical Director, Pediatric Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record
Regional Medical Director, Rainbow Primary Care Institute
Site Medical Director, UH-Rainbow Pediatric & Adolescent Health Professionals

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
System spokesperson for Lead Poisoning
Epic Implementation Informaticist

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Overview of the various operational components of UH with deep dives into areas of special interest. Learning from system leaders through shadowing or one on ones. Networking with colleagues at various stages of career development, in various specialities, and from across the country.

Michael Dingeldein, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
Michael Dingeldein, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

2018
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2018

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Pediatric surgery, surgical critical care

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?

Trauma Director

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Relationship development with UH leaders and the Harvard physician leadership course.

Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD
Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD

2018
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2018

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Interventional and Endovascular Cardiology

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?
System Director, Cardiovascular Interventional Center (34 cath labs in 10 hospitals and 24 interventional cardiologists); System Co-Director, Vascular Center

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
I have become the President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and Board Member for WRH

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
Ability to network with UH leadership, learn the UH organizational and leadership chart, and attend the Harvard Public Health School Program on Leadership in Health Care Delivery

Krystal L. Tomei, MD, MPH, FAANS, FAAP, FACS
Krystal L. Tomei, MD, MPH, FAANS, FAAP, FACS

2017
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What year did you start your Anton fellowship?
2017

What is your primary specialty and subspecialty?
Pediatric Neurosurgery

What roles or positions did you have prior to the Anton fellowship?

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery

What has changed since your Anton fellowship?
Program Director – University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University Neurological Surgery Residency

What did you most appreciate about your time as an Anton fellow?
It was incredibly helpful to learn more about the UH system and how the system was aligning the various hospitals which had joined UH. Getting a better idea of the finances of healthcare helps me in my administrative role as chief working in partnership with our administrative staff in budgeting and planning for growth.

Leena Khaitan, MD, MPH
Leena Khaitan, MD, MPH