Program Overview

The Stanford Children’s Health Administrative Fellowship is a healthcare management development program that offers recent MHA, MPH, or MBA graduates learning opportunities in a pediatric academic medical center environment.

Over the course of the 24-month program, the administrative fellow will rotate through the hospital, ambulatory clinics, and finance and business development arena, allowing the fellow to build a portfolio of both operational and strategy-based work as well as enhance their leadership skills and thinking along the way. Some of the learning opportunities available to the fellow include:

  • Hospital & Outpatient Clinic Operations
  • Hospital Expansion & Activation Planning
  • Financial & Analytical Performance Analysis
  • Business Development & Planning
  • Strategic Planning & Marketing

Program Support

To ensure a successful and meaningful experience, each of the fellowship rotations will be supported by a sponsor, supervisor and mentor.


Executive Sponsor – Serves as Program Sponsor for the administrative fellows, ensures administrative fellows’ participation in skip- level meetings, and engages senior leadership triads in administrative fellowship rotational structure.

Program Director – Creates and maintains overall administrative fellowship structure and serves as the liaison between senior leadership triad and administrative fellows. Responsibilities include performance reviews for administrative fellows, general supervision, and involvement in enterprise learning and development opportunities.

Sponsor – Hosts administrative fellow in their organizational oversight area and includes administrative fellow in all appropriate team efforts (i.e. decision meetings, initiatives, launches etc.) for the duration of the rotation.

Supervisor – Selects appropriate project work and learning assignments to align with the rotation learning objectives and ensures proper introductions and immersion into designated project area. Responsibilities include bi-weekly check-ins and development of learning objectives.

Mentor – Guides the fellow through their learning experiences in the rotation, assists with the creation of professional learning & development goals for the fellow, and serves as a knowledge and experience resource. Mentor will provide an open-door policy and environment for the fellow.

Transition Support – Support recruitment and onboarding efforts for incoming fellow and provide transparent and comprehensive overview into open and appropriate positions to help the second year fellow transition to a full time leadership role post-fellowship.

Executive Sponsor

In addition to the wide-array of operational and strategy-based learning, the Chief Executive Officer, Chris Dawes, provides executive exposure and learning opportunities to the fellow, including C Suite-level meetings, reflective discussions, and engagement opportunities. Chris is committed to providing the very best learning environment for the fellow, and therefore, progressively builds upon the foundation of executive learning opportunities as the fellow transitions from year 1 to year 2 of the program.

About Chris

Mr. Dawes joined Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in 1991 and became its President and Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Mr. Dawes previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the hospital from 1995 to 1997, and Chief Operating Officer for pediatric and obstetric services for UCSF Stanford Health Care (1997 to 2000).

Prior to joining Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Mr. Dawes held senior management positions at SHC (1987 to 1991); Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco (1981 to 1987); and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose (1980 to 1981). He serves as a board member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, the California Children’s Hospital Association, and the Santa Clara Family Health Plan. Mr. Dawes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from San Diego State University in 1974 and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco in 1984.