GME Leadership

Christopher Stenberg, MBChB, FAAP
Vice President, Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Christopher Stenberg serves as the Designated Institution Official (DIO) and Vice President of Graduate Medical Education overseeing all aspects of undergraduate (UME) and graduate medical education (GME) at Health Quest. As DIO, Dr. Stenberg ensures all programs maintain compliance with the requirements set forth by the accrediting body, the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Prior to joining Health Quest in 2017, Dr. Stenberg was the director of medical education and chair of pediatrics for Crozer-Keystone Health Systems in Pennsylvania. In this role, he led the department of pediatrics as well as the oversight of all undergraduate and graduate medical education within the system. He is a highly regarded physician educator, five times awarded the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Residents’ Award for General Pediatrician of the Year.

Dr. Stenberg is board-certified in general pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a graduate of the University of Auckland School of Medicine in Auckland, New Zealand.  His residency training has taken him from New Zealand, to Australia, to New York. Dr. Stenberg is married with four children and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Mark Hirko, MD
Associate DIO, Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Dr. Mark Hirko serves as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program and Assistant Vice President for Surgical Specialties at Health Quest. His responsibilities include coordinating and standardizing all Health Quest Medical Practice surgical services, developing undergraduate and post-graduate surgical education programs including a general surgery residency, and collaborating with senior administration and physician leadership to provide advanced care and service across Health Quest.

An Ohio native with more than 20 years of experience in surgery, Dr. Hirko previously held the position of chair of the department of surgery, director of the general surgery residency program, and medical director of the vascular lab at Monmouth Medical Center, part of Barnabas Health System, in Long Branch, N.J.  As chair, he served as the clinical and administrative leader of the department and oversaw more than 200 employees.

Dr. Hirko completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and later served as a clinical and research fellow in vascular surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. He earned his medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Akron.

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Cynthia Powell, M.Ed.
Director of Medical Education

Cynthia “Cyn” Powell came to Health Quest with eight years of experience working in graduate medical education across multiple settings, from established universities to community hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Her passion is medical education operations, from design to implementation, with focus on operational effectiveness, talent acquisition and training, and multispecialty, cross-departmental strategic alignment.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education degree in organizational leadership from Vanderbilt University. Her core goal is to be a key leader in reducing the physician shortage within the U.S. through expanding training opportunities, reducing administrative burnout for physicians and fostering an environment of joy and scientific inquiry.

Prior to joining Health Quest, she served as an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education consultant and subject matter expert for Germane Solutions. In this role, Ms. Powell helped to successfully accredit sponsoring institutions and open 600 residency and fellowship training positions since 2016.

Her main areas of focus at Health Quest are to work collaboratively with key stakeholders across all system and hospital levels to ensure a smooth integration of learners while preparing to safely integrate residents into the patient workflow.

Courtney Matteson,
Director of Medical Education Finance and Reimbursement

Courtney Matteson is Director of Medical Education Finance and Reimbursement. She has spent the majority of her career in healthcare finance. Prior to joining the Health Quest team, she was Director of Finance and Administration for a Connecticut-based toxicology laboratory. She also spent more than 10 years with Western Connecticut Health Network in a variety of financial leadership roles, primarily within the physician practice group.

Ms. Matteson graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Thereafter, she gained valuable experience with Deloitte in the public auditing sector.

Her main area of focus at Health Quest is to establish and monitor appropriate funding levels for the Medical Education programs. In addition, she is accountable for ensuring compliance with provider time-tracking requirements and administering the medical education compensation plan.