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M.S. in Health Administration Faculty

Sameena Azhar, 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., Director of M.A. in Public Media and Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies
Professor Broad’s teaching and research focuses on strategic communication for social justice and environmental sustainability. In addition to publishing widely on issues related to food justice, animal rights, and community-based organizing, he is particularly interested in the effects of local and global food systems on neighborhood health and environmental sustainability.

James B. Couch, M.D., J.D., FACPE, Interim Program 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.

Andrew Manzer, Assistant 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.

Alex B. Markle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management Systems, Gabelli School of Business
Professor Markle’s research utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of judgment and decision-making, bringing together insights from economics and psychology to better understand how individuals make decisions; why their decision-making processes often deviate from rational standards; and what strategic implications their decision-making errors and biases may have.

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. 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, Assistant 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 an assistant professor at New York Medical College in the Biomedical Ethics & Humanities program.  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, 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 Assistant Vice President responsible for contract negotiations and management of the New Jersey provider network for Aetna. He has eighteen years of healthcare financial management, network development, and operational experience, including with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Americhoice United, and 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, MSHA 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.

Linda White-Ryan, Ph.D., LCSW, RN, CASAC, Associate Dean of Student Services and MSW Program Director at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Dr. White- Ryan has 25 years of experience working in health and mental health. She has developed alcohol and substance abuse prevention workshops and presented in school systems throughout the country. Dr. White-Ryan’s research has focused on substance abuse, behavioral health, and social work education. Her current research agenda involves methods of addressing alcohol and substance abuse problems among America’s youth. Dr. White-Ryan has taught Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis, Social Work Practice with Abusers of Alcohol and Other Substances and other clinical courses across the curriculum. She received her Ph.D. and Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In 2016, Dr. White-Ryan was appointed as a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine.

Frank Yoon, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Health Administration
Frank Yoon is senior statistician at IBM Watson Health, where he leads the design and analysis of observational studies in health service delivery and outcomes. His work supports policymakers and program administrators at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state Medicaid agencies. His methodological research focuses on causal inference methods for program evaluation, performance and quality measurement, and population health surveillance using administrative and electronic health record data. Professor Yoon earned his Ph.D. in statistics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and completed postdoctoral training in health care policy at Harvard Medical School. He was previously associate director of data science and statistics at Mathematica Policy Research.