promotions and tenure 2024

Congratulations to the following University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty members who received promotions and/or were granted tenure this year. The following list includes faculty from basic science and clinical departments. It is organized alphabetically by department, then by last name.

Jeremy Swiney, MD

Jeremy Swiney, MD, became interested in medicine after shadowing his hometown physician while in high school. Growing up in Magoffin County, Ky., Dr. Swiney witnessed the impact local physicians had on his small town, igniting a passion for serving rural communities. 

Octavio A. Gonzalez wearing a white coat, standing in a laboratory
Bryce Noblitt and his family.

Not everyone gets to walk outside and watch monkeys play together in their front yard, but for Bryce Noblitt, MD, and his family, this has become a new normal.

Jay Avasarala leaning against a stairwell on UK campus.

A recently published article by UK HealthCare’s Jagannadha (Jay) Avasarala, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, outlines the promise of point of care ultrasound (POC

Kaylee Gouge, MD headshot

Kaylee Gouge, MD, received her medical doctorate from the UK College of Medicine and is currently in her second year of combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency training, a four-year program that leads to certification in both specialties. 

Natalia Korotkova

A researcher at the University of Kentucky has been selected to receive a seed grant from the Hypothesis Fund for the “boldness of her science and potential long-term impact of her work.”

County level variation of colon cancer-related, age-adjusted mortality rates per 100,000 people from 1999-2020 depicted on a map of Kentucky. The darker areas of the map represent higher numbers of colorectal cases. Most of the darkest areas cluster around the Appalachian mountains. Provided by Syed Hassan, M.D.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that for much of the past two decades Appalachian Kentuckians have been more likely to die from colorectal cancer compared to the rest of state and country’s population. 

Monica Bertagnolli at a podium, addressing a University of Kentucky audience.

Much of the research conducted at the University of Kentucky focuses on addressing key health challenges facing the Commonwealth from cancer to substance use.

Conwell and Thakur in clinical garb

Darwin Conwell, MD, joined the University of Kentucky in April 2022 as a professor and the Jack M. Gill Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine. Since then, he’s become a recognizable fixture of the UK College of Medicine and UK HealthCare. 

Ebbert and his team of three researchers standing in their lab.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging are working to develop a pre-symptomatic disease diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

a panel of of 4 researchers at a table

Watch below Part 2 of the "Because We Care" mini-documentary series. 

Zain Guduru

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number of older adults in the United States is unprecedented and expected to accelerate.

Yolanda Jackson (standing in the center) meets with focus group participants at First Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky.

Yolanda Jackson worked for years as a clinical dietitian and University of Kentucky lecturer in dietetics and human nutrition before she decided to pursue a PhD in health communication —a field she describes as a “missing link” for making a positive impact in public health.

13 of the 14 students for this award, and the Cure Fellowship, Office of Undergraduate Research logo.

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is honored to announce that 14 students have been selected for the 2024 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

A conference room filled with people presenting their research posters.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Research Day held May 10 highlighted the wide scope of cancer research taking place at UK.  

Group of award winners

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to share the winners of the third annual Mission, Vision, Pillar, and Enabler (MVPE) Awards.

Thaddeus Salmon, MD

Thaddeus Salmon, MD, was recognized by the University of Kentucky as a 2024 Outstanding Teaching Awardee. Dr. Salmon, an alum of the UK College of Medicine, is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Salmon on this recognition! 

The 2024 Outstanding Teaching Award winners

The University of Kentucky recognized exceptional faculty and teaching assistants with the Outstanding Teaching Awards during the 2024 UK Faculty Awards Ceremony held Thursday, April 25.

A close-up of a person writing on a stack of papers.

A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that both culturally tailored and culturally universal approaches can be effective for cocaine treatment in Black Americans.