Jefferson Physicians

Program Overview

TJUH Fellowship Structure

During the first month of the Program, the fellow participates in informational interviews with members of the executive leadership team. These meetings serve as an introduction  to the institution, structure and culture, as well as an opportunity to identify potential projects for the year. The fellow has the unique opportunity to explore and select projects of particular interest and lead initiatives focused on the organization’s strategic and operational priorities.

For the past several years, fellows have participated in a wide range of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Coordination of the Administrative Fellowship application and selection processes
  • Coordination of hospital-wide lean initiatives
  • Development of standardized clinical care pathways
  • Creation of business plan for service-line expansion
  • Development of staffing benchmark model for physician practices
  • Participation of departmental benchmarking, progress reports and strategic plan
  • Development of the Patient Flow Management Center
  • Implementation of employee and patient-centered service excellence initiative, such as ‘At Your Service’ Rounding
  • Development of the Crew Resource Management Program (with the Patient Safety Department and the Perioperative Spine Team)

Executive Mentorship

Preceptors are chosen for the Fellowship Program based on their commitment to developing the next generation of leaders. The preceptor serves as the individual’s mentor, offering professional guidance and organizational framework during  a weekly one-on-one meeting. These meetings serve to evaluate career goals, share management perspectives and experiences and provide feedback and coaching for each individual throughout the program. 

Present & Past Program Leadership

Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney, the current fellowship preceptor, is the Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, one of 11 hospitals comprised in the Jefferson Health System. He leads a diverse portfolio of clinical programs, operational departments, and service lines at Jefferson including: GI, Transplant, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Patient Flow and Patient Experience Initiatives.

He has focused on strategic planning, business development, process improvement, service line leadership, and integrating and aligning physicians, nurses, and support services personnel to achieve desired outcomes in quality and safety, financial performance and growth. He is proficient in the use of change management methodologies and is a regular speaker at national industry conferences. Brian is a registered nurse and holds an MBA from Temple University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and enjoys developing leaders and mentoring/coaching early careerists.


Hugh J. Lavery

Past Preceptor: Hugh J. Lavery Senior Vice President for Government/External Affairs Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health Mr. Lavery represents Jefferson in Washington, DC, Harrisburg, PA, and Trenton, NJ, providing input to important policy discussions impacting health care reform, payment policy and care delivery. Additionally, he is responsible for facilitating partnership and affiliation opportunities for Jefferson.

Throughout his career at Jefferson, Mr. Lavery served in management roles in Transplant, Dialysis and Vascular, Administrator of the Ford Road Campus, Regional Director of Jefferson Healthcare and VP of Government and External Affairs. Mr. Lavery completed his Administrative Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He earned his MHA at Duke University and his BA in Biology and English at Rutgers College of Rutgers University. Mr. Lavery serves as a leader and member of numerous professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission (Member); Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (Board Member and Management Committee Member); United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (Campaign Cabinet, Hospitals and Healthcare Co-Chair); Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) GRR; National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH), Chair, Legislative Task Force and the American Hospital Association (AHA) Hospital and Health Systems Advisory Group.


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