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Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership

The Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership provides funding for the full tuition and fees to complete the Business of Medicine Physician MBA program from the IU Kelley School of Business, along with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. The fellowship's application deadline is April 1st.

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Please submit your application by April 1st.


Program Purpose

Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health need well-prepared physicians in administrative positions to provide practical, strategic leadership. Named in honor of Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, President Emeritus of Indiana University Health, the Evans Fellowship program is designed to provide a mid/senior physician faculty member with executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and structured networking and mentoring opportunities. These learning experiences will support the fellow to:

  • Develop a broader institutional perspective.
  • Expand the vision of their role within their academic health center.
  • Enhance their leadership effectiveness, understanding of the business of medicine and ability to lead organizational change.

Fellows will learn foundational business concepts such as financial management, strategic marketing and operations management. Curriculum includes specialized coursework specific to the health care industry such as health care revenue and delivery models, understanding consumer health care behavior, health care policy and process improvement.

Time Commitment and Support

  • Majority of coursework for the Kelly Business of Medicine MBA program is online (approximately 8-12 hours per week), plus once per month in-residence sessions occurring on the weekends in Indianapolis.
  • Curriculum is administered in quarters with the first quarter beginning each September.
  • Evans Fellow will receive financial support for tuition and fees to complete the program. This does not include the cost for textbooks.
  • Cost for parking is the participant’s responsibility.
  • Program offers an annual elective course, Global Health Care Experience, studying best practices in health care systems outside the United States and how we could apply those best practices to our health care system. Tuition associated with this course is covered, but the cost for travel is the participant's responsibility.

The time commitment to participate is approximately 10 percent. The fellow’s academic department is expected to provide salary support and protected time in order that he/she can meet the program requirements. In return for participating in the program, the fellow will commit to staying on the IU School of Medicine faculty for at least two years after completion of the program.

Why be an Evans Fellow?

  • Develop the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage today’s complex and fast-changing academic health center environment.
  • Gain leadership training, including structured coursework leading to a master's in business administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley School of Business of Medicine program.
  • Grow professionally through extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • Become equipped with greater business insight, broader organizational perspectives, and a more profound personal capacity to address emerging issues in the school, health care system and society.

Current Evans Fellows

38670-Radhakrishnan, Rupa

Rupa Radhakrishnan, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Rupa Radhakrishnan, MS, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.  Radhakrishnan completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. She then obtained her fellowships in pediatric radiology and pediatric neuroradiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She also completed a master’s in clinical and translational research at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Radhakrishnan aims to provide access to state-of-the-art imaging techniques to improve patient care and outcomes. Her clinical interests are in fetal, perinatal and neonatal brain injury, developmental brain malformations, epilepsy, pediatric brain tumors and functional neuroimaging. Radhakrishnan’s main research interest is to understand the effects of substance exposure on the placenta, as well as the maternal, fetal and infant brain. Her research is funded through grants from national radiology societies (American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America and American Society for Pediatric Neuroradiology), Indiana University CTSI and the NIH.

Radhakrishnan is an active member of several national radiology societies and is the co-chair for the DEI committee of the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology (ASFNR). Academically, she is highly productive with several lecture invitations and abstract presentations at national conferences, and multiple peer reviewed publications in her field.

Read Bio Rupa Radhakrishnan, M.D.

12673-Christensen, Celanie

Celanie K. Christensen, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Read Bio Celanie K. Christensen, MD


  • Must hold a MD or DO degree (or equivalent if the medical degree was obtained outside of the United States)
  • Must be dually employed with IU School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians
  • Must hold the rank of associate or full professor
  • Have some administrative experience (e.g., some level of personnel and budget management)

Application Process

To be eligible, applicants must hold a MD or DO degree (or equivalent if the medical degree was obtained outside of the United States), must be dually employed with IU School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians, must hold the rank of associate or full professor and have some administrative experience (e.g., some level of personnel and budget management). A selection committee will review and select the Evans Fellow, paying particular attention to succession planning needs in the process. 

Required application components:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials should be submitted via the online application. Upon selection, the fellow will need to complete the following additional requirements of the Kelley Business of Medicine MBA program:

  • Online Application
  • Submit official medical school transcripts (not needed for applicants who previously attended Indiana University)

The Kelley School has agreed to waive the application fee for the selected Evans Fellow.

When completing the personal statement for the Evans Fellowship, applicants should address the questions below. The personal statement should be no longer than three pages (single spaced 12 point font).

  • Briefly describe the range of responsibilities in your current position, including any responsibilities for personnel and budget management for which you are directly responsible.
  • What are your five-year career goals? Be as specific as possible.
  • How will participating in the Evans Fellowship program help you achieve these goals?
  • What do you view as the most critical priority facing the IU School of Medicine/IU Health enterprise and what do you think should be done about it?
  • What is your personal philosophy or definition of leadership and how does it apply to your professional role? Include a short summary of any formal leadership training received.

Letters of recommendation information:

  • One letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (e.g., department chair, section/division chief). This letter should include a commitment to providing 10% protected time to participate in the program.
  • The other two letters should be from senior colleagues; at least one must be from a senior colleague outside the applicant’s home division or department.
  • Letters of recommendation should include a rationale for why the applicant is being recommended and a description of the applicant’s potential to assume positions of greater leadership responsibility in their future career development.

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Past Evans Fellows

2021–2023 David Hains, MD
Clint Cary, MD, MPH
2020–2022 Christian C. Strachan, MD
2019–2021 Andrew Jea, MD
2018–2020 Alan P. Ladd, MD
Sara Jo Grethlein, MD


Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, President Emeritus of IU Health

Evans is the former chief executive officer for the IU Health statewide system. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of IU Health (then Clarian Health) from November 2002 until September 2015. Prior to IU Health, he was a partner at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (formerly Baker & Daniels LLP) in Indianapolis. Since the organization’s inception in 1997, Evans has been active on the Board of Directors and served as its Chair immediately before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the health care system. Over the course of his career, Evans was also a member or chair of several other boards including the Federal Housing Finance Board, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Board, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Inc Board of Directors, Methodist Health Group, Inc., Methodist Medical Group, United States Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee, American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board for Metropolitan Hospitals, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Public Health Institute, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, BioCrossroads, and numerous community organizations.

Evans currently serves as Executive-in-Residence, Office of the Dean, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Law at the IU McKinney School of Law.