M.S. in Health Administration Faculty
Sameena Azhar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, GSS
Sameena Azhar, PhD, LCSW, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Her research is focused on the intersections between gender, HIV, addiction, and sex work, particularly in South Asia. Her research has been funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, Ford Foundation, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her practice experience includes working as a trainer for the California Department of Public Health and as a clinical social worker at Ward 86 of San Francisco General Hospital.
Garrett Broad, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Broad’s work focuses on strategic communication for social justice and environmental sustainability. He has published widely on issues related to food justice, community-based organizing, animal rights, and novel food technology. An engaged scholar, Professor Broad writes for both academic and public audiences, and works to develop collaborative research projects with organizations committed to social change and neighborhood health.
James B. Couch, M.D., J.D., FACPE, Former Interim Director, MSHA Program, Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Dr. Couch’s has a J.D. from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He has taught health policy, quality improvement, patient safety, medical risk management and value based purchasing at Penn’s Medical and Wharton Schools, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, NYU’s Business and Public Policy Schools, SUNY’s Watson School of Engineering, UConn, Jefferson’s College of Population Health, Harvard, Yale and Oxford Universities (Wolfson and Green-Templeton Colleges). He is also a fellow of the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center at Fordham.
Khadeja Kausar, MHA, Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Khadeja Kausar is the Director of Business Intelligence and Value-Based Management Analytics at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC), where she designs, implements, and manages value-based management programs. Additionally, she leads the business intelligence teams focusing on delivering data-driven insights to enhance patient/provider connectedness and care efficiency by integrating financial, clinical, and outcomes data. She has over 15 years of experience planning and executing key strategic activities that enable the rapid advancement of high-performance, value-based care operations. She has a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Health Administration.
Jerry Luftman, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Jerry Luftman’s experience combines the strengths of CIO/practitioner, consultant, and academic. His proficiency in business-IT alignment and global IT trends, 18 books, published research, consulting, mentoring, and teaching/speaking engagements exemplify Dr. Luftman’s expertise and leadership.
After a distinguished 22 year career with IBM, he had an exemplary career for 20 years as Professor, Founder and Associate Dean of the Stevens Institute of Technology Information Systems Programs (one of the largest in the world). Driven by the strong demand for a global executive education program focusing on managing the digital transformation, Dr. Luftman has leveraged his experience as a CIO, IT management consultant, and leading academic, with his strong network of prominent IT practitioners and academics, to provide a valuable and innovative initiative via the Global Institute for IT Management (GIIM).
Andrew Manzer, MSHA, Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Andrew Manzer is the Chief Operating Officer at Berkshire Medical Center. Andrew joined BMC as Chief Operating Officer in May of 2020. Manzer had previously served as the Executive Vice President and Network Chief Operating Officer of Bassett Healthcare Network and its subsidiary organizations. Bassett, located in Cooperstown, NY, is a well-regarded, integrated system and a teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Manzer previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, New York. Manzer has a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and a Master's of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Maria Nardone, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Nardone is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). A graduate of the Tavistock Institute’s Advanced Organisational Consultation Programme, she is an expert in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Consulting. For 20 years, she was on the Faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical School and Director of Psychological services in OB/GYN. As a psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has extensive experience in family businesses, healthcare and industry, she brings a multi-dimensional perspective to her work.
Elby M. Nash, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Nash is a senior practitioner, management consultant, executive educator, and technology innovation leader across the life sciences and healthcare industries for over 30 years. He has worked closely with executive and patient-facing stakeholders in world-class organizations on the development of digital health strategies focused on improved medical outcomes and reduced operating costs. As a successful entrepreneur and innovator, he pioneered the development and commercial deployment of integrated mobile solutions (“mHealth) for patient chronic disease management in multiple disease domains. As an educator, Dr. Nash is the co-author of a graduate textbook on managing IT organizations and was an associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management for over a decade where he designed, developed, and delivered multiple graduate-level courses in healthcare and life sciences, IT strategy and the management of IT organizations to executives, practitioners, and administrators of healthcare and life sciences firms.
Paola Nicolas, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Nicolas has a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Paris I-Sorbonne University) and a M.B.E (Montefiore/Einstein). She is a former fellow in clinical ethics at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics where she was running clinical ethics consultations (HEC-C). She is currently medical ethicist at Lenox Hill hospital and Assistant director of graduate education in bioethics at Montefiore-Einstein. Her areas of expertise are clinical ethics, reproductive ethics, feminism & gender studies in bioethics, European bioethics. Prior to NYMC, Professor Nicolas taught bioethics and philosophy at NYMC, Montefiore-Einstein College of Medicine, Fordham University, New York University, City University and Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne.
Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Pardasani’s career in social work has centered on senior center programming; characteristics of senior center administrators and participants; and policy advocacy by senior centers. A two-time recipient of the National Council on Aging’s Outstanding Researcher Award, he has evaluated program models and service utilization patterns among immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized groups with reference to HIV/AIDS, chronic mental illness, and homelessness.
Caroline R. Pogge, Dr.PH, Program Director and Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Pogge draws on over 15 years of experience managing inpatient and outpatient healthcare programs in the US and over 20 years in the US Army working as a Civil Affairs officer in fragile States around the globe. Her aim, in the US and abroad, is always to develop comprehensive, patient centered care, which can be delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Jonathan Reese, M.P.A., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Professor Reese is Vice President responsible for contract negotiations and management of the New Jersey provider network for Aetna, a CVS Health Network. He has twenty eight years of healthcare financial management, network development, and operational experience, including working for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and United healthcare. He currently serves as a member of the Center for Health Journalism.
Falguni Sen, Ph.D., Professor of Management Systems, Gabelli School of Business and Founding Director, M.S. in Health Administration Program
Professor Sen is Director of Fordham's Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, which aims to promote a high-level international conversation about business, social, and health issues. His research focuses on the pharmaceutical industry; outsourcing; the role of public trust in competitive environments; and managing innovation.