Clint Cary, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology, and David Hains, MD, Byron P. & Frances D. Hollett professor of pediatric nephrology, were selected as the 2021-22 Evans Fellows in Health Care Leadership.
Named in honor of Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, president emeritus of Indiana University Health, the Evans Fellowship in Health Care program is designed to optimize fellows’ extensive medical experience with insight into business and leadership, as they relate to health care. Cary and Hains will receive executive coaching and mentoring from Evans and system leaders. This two-year leadership fellowship also includes structured coursework leading to a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley Business of Medicine program.
Cary first came to IU School of Medicine in 2005 to complete his urology residency. He went on to complete a two-year urologic oncology fellowship at the University of California. Later, he was recruited back to IU as an assistant professor in the department of urology in 2013.
“I am honored to be a part of IU School of Medicine, the elite urology program here is unparalleled and provides the highest level of care across the clinical spectrum of urology to the people of Indiana,” said Cary.
Reflecting on his experience, Cary shared, “I still remember walking in the tunnel connecting the Ruth Lilly Medical Library to University Hospital and reading the sign overhead: Welcome to Indiana University Hospital. I have fond memories of that sign and likening it to the scene from the movie Hoosiers, when Gene Hackman’s character says, ‘Welcome to Indiana basketball,’ before he takes to the court for the first time as coach.”
Cary’s decision to pursue becoming an Evans Fellow was led by the uniqueness of the opportunity. He is looking forward to first-hand experience from business and health care leaders to incorporate into his work with IU School of Medicine and IU Health. This will allow him to be an even more valuable team member and future leader, he said.
“I feel very honored and humbled to have been chosen for this fellowship. My previous clinical and research training have suited my academic career nicely thus far. However, this program will allow me to take another step forward in my career by allowing a better understanding of current topics such as changing payment structures, quality of care issues and resource allocation to become the most effective leader possible,” Cary said.
Hains initially came to IU School of Medicine as a medical student, graduating in 2004. He went on to complete his residency at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a pediatric nephrology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was recruited back to IU as division chief of pediatric nephrology in 2017.
“To join a great group of nephrologists and the Department of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine was a fantastic opportunity and a dream come true,” said Hains.
The Department of Pediatrics has a longstanding culture of collaboration towards positive change to improve the lives of children. By creating outstanding clinical programs, growing academic research portfolios and expanding statewide reach, the department has generated tremendous interest in pediatric residency among those pursuing a career in pediatric nephrology, Hains noted.
“I am really looking forward to blending my past leadership development training, my experience in the clinical arena, and my research laboratory leadership in the context of this program,” said Hains.
Hains’ decision to pursue becoming an Evans Fellow was supported by his experience within IU School of Medicine, going from a medical student to an endowed professor. He sees this as an outstanding opportunity to gain mentorship and networking in various leadership circles while also getting formalized training for an MBA.
“It’s such a huge honor to be selected for this program. Getting my MD from IU School of Medicine, one of the best medical schools in the country, really set me up for continued success throughout my career. Now, getting an MBA from one of the best business schools in the country is such a big deal in my mind,” Hains said. “Words do not describe how excited I am for the opportunity to interact and gain knowledge from leaders all across the campus in both business and medical arenas.”