Administrative Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) with Optional Executive M.B.A./M.S.

Our Administrative Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) prepares emergency medicine physicians for future leadership roles in healthcare delivery.

Due to the increasing complexity of healthcare delivery, physician leaders are required to develop leadership skills not often obtained through traditional medical education or residency training. To meet this need, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine is proud to offer the Administrative Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) with Optional Executive M.B.A./M.S. Dual-Degree Program through the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Cornell University SC Johnson School of Business.

This is an emergency medicine administration fellowship with one or two-year fellowship options. The two-year program enables fellows to pursue the Executive M.B.A./M.S. in Healthcare Leadership Dual-Degree Program at the Cornell University SC Johnson School of Business, with full tuition sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine. The one-year fellowship program is available for applicants who already have an advanced business, policy, or management degree (e.g., M.B.A., M.H.A., or M.P.H.). Both options are non-ACGME accredited. As there are no ACGME-accredited administrative fellowships, this fellowship provides an opportunity for the development of administrative skills as they apply to ED clinical operations, quality, patient safety, and other aspects of medical care.

The mission of the HLM Fellowship is to cultivate effective physician leaders through immersive training at a top-ranking academic institution. HLM fellows will be exposed to all aspects of emergency medicine and healthcare administration, including operations, quality, patient safety, telehealth, informatics, and other topic areas. In addition, HLM fellows will engage with leadership from New York-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital. Direct mentorship will be provided by the HLM fellowship team, the core Weill-Cornell ED leadership team, and our department chair. HLM fellows will be given an academic appointment at Weill Cornell Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to train HLM fellows in leadership and management within an innovative Department associated with a top-tier hospital and medical school.



The HLM fellowship curriculum combines core administrative activities with hands-on leadership experiences. HLM Fellows will engage in one-on-one sessions with key ED leaders for core administrative content, participate in ED leadership meetings and committees, lead quality improvement initiatives, educate residents and students, establish mentoring relationships, pursue administrative scholarship, and complete a capstone fellowship project. HLM Fellows divide their time between administrative projects, research, meetings, didactics/classes, and clinical shifts at Weill-Cornell Medical Center and Lower Manhattan Hospital. HLM fellows are considered faculty members of the Weill-Cornell School of Medicine.


  1. Learn core administrative knowledge about emergency medicine and the US healthcare system
  2. Learn to become an effective leader by actively participating in ED operational, quality, and process improvement projects on cross-functional teams
  3. Gain a 360 view of the ED, including the role of nursing, billing, and regulatory staff
  4. Understand quality improvement and the PDSA cycle
  5. Understand the role of metrics & data in healthcare management
  6. Teach and mentor medical students and residents
  7. Understand how to conduct administrative research

Core Content with ED and NYP Hospital Leadership

HLM Fellows will be asked to actively participate in administrative and leadership meetings at both the departmental and hospital level. In addition, fellows will have monthly meetings with core leadership to receive one-on-one instruction and day-in-the-life experiences in the below topics. Find more information on the Core ContentPDF icon here

Clinical Experience

HLM Fellows will work the equivalent of 20 clinical hours per week and have opportunities to moonlight in the Weill Cornell and Lower Manhattan Emergency Departments. As ED faculty, HLM Fellows will supervise residents and advanced practice providers in clinical areas. Clinical shifts for the HLM Fellows will be structured to accommodate the required Executive MBA/MS courses and corresponding requirements.

Mentoring and Teaching Opportunities

HLM Fellows will act as teaching faculty for the HLM Scholars Program for Weill-Cornell medical students and the Academic Practice Track (APT) in Administration for the NYP Emergency Medicine residents. The HLM Scholars Program is an intensive summer immersion program for Weill-Cornell medical students to learn leadership and management skills and experiences early in their training. The Administration APT is a longitudinal learning experience for PGY 1-4 emergency medicine residents with a distinct interest in administrative careers.

Career Development with Executives

HLM Fellows will have opportunity to meet one-on-one with several executives from Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian. These career development conversations are crucial for professional growth and provide HLM Fellows with a mental framework for their future careers in healthcare leadership and management.

Capstone Project

HLM Fellows will lead and present an ED administrative project during the latter portion of the fellowship. The capstone project is designed based on the unique interests of the HLM Fellow, their career goals, and the needs of the NYP Hospital and Department of Emergency Medicine.  


HLM Fellows will be expected to publish, write, or speak about their capstone projects or administrative experiences at the local or national levels. Examples include writing an opinion piece for a professional media source, publishing an operational study in a professional journal, or lecturing at a residency conference.

The Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

Two-year HLM Fellows will fully integrate as EMBA/MS graduate students in the Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business. This fully-funded degree experience will provide professional networking and unparalleled exposure to experts in their respective healthcare leadership disciplines.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Academic Faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medicine and credentialing as an Attending Physician at NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Full-time Faculty Benefits package from Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Annual compensation at the current PGY salary over the course of the one or two-year commitment. Moonlighting opportunities will increase annual compensation.
  • Annual attendance at an Emergency Medicine leadership or management conference, paid in full by the NYP/WCM Department of Emergency Medicine
  • *Full tuition for Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business, paid in full by the NYP/WCM Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Membership to American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)
  • Numerous mentorship and networking opportunities through New York-Presbyterian Hospital & Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Collaboration with Research and Data Informatics staff
  • Consistent mentorship from Fellowship, Operational, and Department leadership

*Pending admission to the Executive MBA/MS Program, to which Fellows will need to apply and gain admittance separately

Program Leadership

Daniel Lakoff, M.D., M.B.A., M.S., F.A.C.E.P.
Director, Healthcare Leadership & Management Fellowship

Sowmya Sanapala, M.D., M.B.A., M.S
Associate Director, Healthcare Leadership & Management Fellowship

Bria Williams
Administrative Assistant

Program Prerequisites

  • Ideal candidates are recent emergency medicine residency graduates or junior faculty with proven managerial & leadership track records, who are committed to gaining invaluable leadership experience while earning a graduate-level management degree. Candidates should have either an M.D. or D.O. or be currently enrolled in or graduated from an ACGME-accredited post-graduate residency program in Emergency Medicine.
  • The one-year Fellowship option is encouraged for those with graduate-level management degrees or those who do not wish to obtain one, who seek an immersive experience into ED and hospital leadership roles.
  • The two-year Fellowship option is encouraged for those seeking a fully paid Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program offered through Weill Cornell Medicine and the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business concurrently with the ED leadership experience.
  • As a prerequisite, all HLM Fellowship candidates seeking the two-year Fellowship must meet criteria for acceptance to the Executive MBA/MS program and must participate in the same application process as all other Executive MBA/MS applicants.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that describes your managerial and leadership interest and experience, 2 letters of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Lakoff. Applications opens January 2024 and the deadline for applications is August 23, 2024. Select applicants will be invited to an in-person interview day with a tour of our department in Fall 2024.

Daniel Lakoff, M.D., M.B.A., M.S., F.A.C.E.P.
Director, Healthcare Leadership & Management Fellowship

Sowmya Sanapala, M.D., M.B.A., M.S
Associate Director, Healthcare Leadership & Management Fellowship

Bria Williams
Administrative Assistant

Mailing Address
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
525 E. 68th St., Box 179
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chair
Emergency Medicine
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-0780

Residency Office
530 E. 70th St., M-127
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892

Research Office
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065

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