New Fellows Joining PORC on July 1, 2019


Madeline Brendle

Madeline graduated with both a BA in neuroscience and an MPH degree at BU School of Public Health last spring concentrating in Healthcare Management. During her MPH education, she gained immense interest in health system analysis and research to identify how services and delivery of care can improve and best serve the patient population and surrounding community. She is excited for this fellowship opportunity at the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center where she can immerse herself in outcomes research and analysis to evaluate healthcare services and therapies.

Madeline’s favorite hobbies include yoga and skiing! She is originally from Utah, and is excited to move back to the state and enjoy access to hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.


Tavan Parker

Tavan grew up on a farm in Hooper, Utah and completed his undergraduate education at Utah State University (Go Aggies!). He earned his PharmD from University of Utah and is passionate about managed care. He is really excited about the opportunity to continue his education and training through the joint-fellow position between the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center and University of Utah Health Plans.

In his free time, Tavan loves being with his wife and two daughters (ages 3 and 1). His hobbies change depending on the interests and wants of those three. He also enjoys sports, particularly USU athletics and the Utah Jazz, which he writes about for a couple different websites in his spare time.


Alex Watanabe

Alex earned his PharmD degree from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. He developed an interest in research while working in a variety of laboratory settings as a biochemistry student. He was first introduced to outcomes research when he joined PORC to develop his PharmD research project during his second year in pharmacy school. His experiences at PORC have been very exciting and he is looking forward to gaining additional research experience and a better understanding of how health care resources are being utilized.


When he is not working, Alex enjoys playing video-games. It’s like watching a movie but a lot more interactive.

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