The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships

To honor the legacy of the late Commonwealth Fund president Margaret E. Mahoney, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the New York Academy of Medicine, and other founding donors have created a new fellowship program for health professional students, focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention.

The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships will provide stipends to support medical, dental, nursing, public health, and public policy students to participate in eight- to 10-week research and policy projects focused on addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. Projects must be conducted with or supervised by a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or nonprofit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area.

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The 2015 awardees, projects, and mentors are: 

Hewett Chiu (M.P.A. candidate, NYU Wagner School of Public Service) will analyze current community-based care coordination models and perform a gap analysis between the current state of collaborations and opportunities for improved integration and coordination of care, under the guidance of Professor John Billings at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Neal Emery (M.D. candidate, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) will analyze justice and access issues in Hepatitis C treatment under the guidance of Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Michael Fogge (D.D.S. candidate, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine) will contribute to the development of an operational plan for a comprehensive oral wellness program for Harlem and Washington Heights under the guidance of Dr. Burton Edelstein, Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management at Columbia University Medical Center.

Jill Humphrey (M.P.H. candidate, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) will contribute to an effort to improve access to quality vision services for NYC public school students, under the guidance of Caroline Volel, City Medical Specialist I with the Office of School Health in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Caleb McEntire (M.D. candidate, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) will design training materials for healthcare providers working with elderly LGBT patients, under the guidance of Walter Bockting, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University.

Baho Sidiqi (B.S./M.D. candidate, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education) will contribute to research on the role of effectiveness and engaging members of the public in deliberative processes to guide policy decisions made by health care systems, under the guidance of Marthe Gold, M.D., M.P.H., Visiting Scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine.

Saeyoan Thirunavukkarasu (M.P.H. candidate, Hofstra University) will assess the impact of school district policies and practices concerning the National School Lunch Program on academic outcomes, under the guidance of Dr. Edward Coffield, Assistant Professor, Hofstra University.

Roosa Tikkanen (M.P.H. candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) will assess how health insurance status and income variation contribute to disparities in care access between racial and ethnic minorities and whites across the five NYC boroughs, under the guidance of Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, Professor, CUNY School of Public Health.



The 2014 awardees were:

  • Johanna Andrews, M.P.H. candidate, Hofstra University, whose project seeks to improve health and quality of life for food pantry clients in Nassau County;
  • Scott Jelinek, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, whose project will explore health outcomes of patients with a diagnosis of superficially invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SISCAA), particularly those who experience high levels of health care disparities; 
  • Kylie Kang, M.D. candidate, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, who will examine the influence of socioeconomic and clinical factors on treatment choice and outcomes for prostate cancer in African American and Caucasian populations;    
  • Leslie Maness, M.D. candidate, Boston University School of Medicine, who will seek to identify the impact of low health literacy and limited English proficiency on parent/caregiver medication dosing errors;
  • Pliceliany Perez, M.D. candidate, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, whose project seeks to implement a smoking cessation education program for low-income Latino patients in Washington Heights-Inwood and the South Bronx; and 
  • Alex Sheen, D.D.S. candidate, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who will investigate oral health and dental care in emerging "high performance health systems." 


The 2013 awardees were

  • Vikaskumar Patel, D.D.S. candidate, New York University (NYU), whose project explored linkages between NYU Dental School and federally qualified health centers; 
  • Aakash Shah, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Harvard University, who worked on health care reform efforts in New Jersey at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University; 
  • Bronwyn Fleming-Jones, M.S.N. candidate, Yale University, who sought to improve awareness, prevention, and programming around obesity and diabetes at the South Bronx Center for Children and Families; 
  • Martin Casey, M.D. candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, who examined socioeconomic and geographical obstacles to seeking cancer surgical care at high-volume centers such as Mt. Sinai; and 
  • Jason Lin, D.D.S. candidate, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who looked at the potential of student-run dental programs to provide quality care and outcomes as well as impact trainee choice to serve vulnerable and underserved populations.