CLASS OF 2019
Current TOPS Fellows
CLASS OF 2019
CLASS OF 2020
Anny Fenton received a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 2019. Her research focuses on understanding medical interactions to identify ways to improve patient and caregiver experiences and decision-making, specifically for women with gynecological cancers. She plans to continue her work under the mentorship of Dr. Alexi Wright studying factors behind repeated hospitalizations of ovarian cancer patients and developing interventions for patients and caregivers to self-manage symptoms and avoid unnecessary hospitalization.
Daniel Lage received a MD from Harvard Medical School in 2017 and a masters from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has completed his clinical hematology/oncology fellowship in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/ Massachusetts General Hospital Oncology Fellowship Program. During his TOPS fellowship, he will work with Dr. Jennifer Temel at MGH exploring the use of post-acute care, transitions of care, and hospice in order to develop an intervention for hospitalized patients with advanced cancer transitioning from hospital to home to prevent readmission.
Christopher Manz received an MD from Duke University in 2012 and an MSc from the University of Pennsylvania. As a TOPS fellow, he will work with Dr. Deborah Schrag to investigate how pharmaceutical and payment policies influence the treatment that patients receive and assess if they contribute to disparities in cancer outcomes. This research agenda includes completed or ongoing policy analysis, retrospective claims evaluation, prognostic model development, qualitative interviews and pragmatic clinical trials applied to issues of financial toxicity, payment policy, application of machine-learning and end-of-life care for cancer patients.
Dr. Andrew Hantel is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School working in the Division of Population Sciences with Dr Gregory Abel. His research focuses on health outcomes and ethics, specifically patient and provider understanding of medication shortages, as well as their allocation and disclosure preferences. He also sees patients in the Division of Oncology Hospital Medicine. Andrew was a hematology/oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Jennifer Spencer is a post-doctoral fellow working at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with Dr. Jane Kim. Jenny received her PhD from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. She is interested in using econometric and decision making science methods to address issues of health equity in access and care quality, focusing on HPV and cervical cancer outcome disparities in racial and sexual minority populations.
Dr. Ashley Nelson is a post-doctoral fellow working at Massachusetts General Hospital with Drs. Joseph Greer and Areej El-Jawahri. Ashley received her PhD from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on understanding quality of life impairments stemming from cancer diagnosis and treatment and adapting psychosocial interventions to alleviate physical and emotional side effects and improve quality of life.
TOPS Alumni - Where are they now?
TOPS (formerly called “PCORT, Program in Cancer Outcomes Research Training”, PI Dr. Scott Gazelle) has a strong history of success! From 2002-2017, the program supported over 40 fellows in their research training. Our alumni hold leadership and research positions in a number of academic medical centers, cancer centers, policy and other positions around the U.S.
To find out more about past fellows' research activities, funding, and publications, click to check them out online!