A group of smiling doctors and their children in shirts that say Teddy Bear Hospital.

The UK Otolaryngology team participated in the Teddy Bear Hospital, an event in collaboration between the UK Children's Hospital and the Living Arts and Science Center.

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UK Otolaryngology is excited to introduce our newest additions to our phenomenal residency program. We wish to extend a warm welcome to our incoming interns: 

Tessa London-Bounds

Any new mother will tell you that breastfeeding, under the very best circumstances, is emotionally and physically taxing. While increasingly common in the workplace, accommodations such as private lactation rooms, permissive scheduling and clean, dedicated refrigerators for milk storage, are still the exception rather than the norm.

McNulty and Henderson

First-year resident Olivia Henderson, MD, credits advanced development director (ADD) Beth McNulty, MD, with playing a key role in her medical career journey. 

In green scrubs, Dr Mark Fritz is surrounded by several other scrubbed onlookers as they work on a sheeted patient.

Our global health initiative in Kenya is an important aspect of UK Otolaryngology’s continued mission for quality otolaryngological care for all. Our chair, Matthew Bush, MD,  has been going to Kenya for years to offer care and mentorship, and this year was accompanied by Mark Fritz, MD, and UK ENT residents William Ruffin, DO and Nicholas Van Maele, MD.

A doctor checking a patient's ears.

Hearing loss can occur when any part of the ear or hearing system is not working correctly. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 37.5 million American adults ages 18 and older report some trouble hearing.

Types of hearing loss

Matthew Bush

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that Matthew Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, has been selected to serve as the new department chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. 

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We are overjoyed to announce the first official day of Matthew Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, as the new chair of otolaryngology.

Dr. Wessinger and Dr Gupta standing in front of a blue and white medical poster.

This past weekend, Nikita Gupta, MD, and Bronson Wessinger, MD, (PGY-2) presented at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Gupta presented a talk on Minimizing Legal Vulnerability on Websites and Social Media. Dr.

GME winners

The following individuals were honored at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Awards Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. Winners included those in Bowling Green, Lexington, Morehead, and Northern Kentucky.

Biomedical Education

Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
Jamila Tucker, MS

From left to right: Dr. Rachel Wilson, Lisa Williams, Renee Gallagher, and LeAnn Barber

Burnout is a problem in any profession, but it is rampant in health care. This national problem has been evident recently as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many learners, practitioners, faculty, and staff to the limit.

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that faculty, staff, learners, and trainees will have free access to a leading online resource for medical Spanish proficiency.

CanopyLearn, a Spanish language training program for health care professionals, will be available to the UK College of Medicine community starting Aug. 1.

Cedric Thiel posing in Kentucky Clinic's pedway

For Cedric Thiel, MD, a great experience during away rotations made him want to pursue the University of Kentucky for graduate medical training. Now he is in his fifth and final year of residency in the UK College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Headshot of Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, is a researcher, published author, champion for female empowerment, and our new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Learn more about her goals, her past work, and more in the following Q&A.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in research? 

Faculty at the promotion ceremony

Congratulations to the following basic science and clinical faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine! These individuals were honored with promotions and tenure in fiscal year 2023.

Names are organized alphabetically by department.


Sarah Jean Hall, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Headshot of Olivia Henderson

Olivia Henderson, MD, said that beyond “tubes and tonsils,” she did not know much about otolaryngology when she started medical school. During her third-year surgery clerkship at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she discovered her dream career while working within the specialty.

“It felt like after just one day on that service that I never looked back,” she said.

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications and nominations for chair of its highly-regarded department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.


Carly Clark, MD

Carly Clark, MD, a second-year resident in the UK College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, has gained valuable experience in her graduate medical education program.

Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Following an extensive national search and interviews with highly qualified individuals, the College of Medicine is excited to welcome Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, as the new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and associate professor in the department of behavioral science.

Northern Kentucky Match Day
The UK College of Medicine celebrated its largest group of matching students and its highest percentage of students matching into Kentucky residency programs.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is proud to recognize its fourth-year students who learned their pivotal next step in training – residency – during Friday’s Match Day celebrations.