Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education.
UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists, with more than 50,000 hospitalists now working in the U.S. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine.
Five days before Christmas, University of Kentucky researcher Ying Liang, MD, PhD, received what she described as the best gift ever: a letter of notification that she received a prestigious R01 grant, totaling $1.88 million over five years, from the National Institutes of Health. Not only was it her first such award, she scored at the second percentile, an uncommonly high score indicating that her proposal was nearly flawless.
A glimpse of her CV and her obvious passion for research render the award somewhat less surprising.
Darrell Raikes waved sleepily to his wife as they wheeled him down to the operating room for a routine knee replacement last May.
He woke up in the Critical Care Unit four weeks later.
Darrel had an adverse reaction to his anesthesia and began bleeding into his lungs post-operatively. Dr.
Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 78th president of The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) effective Nov. 1, 2015.
Phillips previously served as president-elect in 2014. In 1982, she became an active member of CHEST, and in 1983 advanced to Fellow. She served as editor of CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine, working on the second, third and fourth editions. Phillips also served as Regent-at-Large for the American College of Chest Physicians for eight years.
Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for cancer care at Markey.
The weekend includes the first-ever “Survive the Night Triathlon,” an overnight team relay that covers 140.7 combined miles of swimming, biking and running. The triathlon begins at 7 p.m.
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics.
The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain.
It wasn't so long ago that the only imaging available to physicians was an X-ray. How times have changed.
The term "imaging" now applies to any number of procedures, including MRI, CT scans, sonography, and echocardiography, all of which help physicians diagnose patient illnesses non-invasively.
As director of the echocardiography lab at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute, Dr. Mikel Smith excels at the latter. "We like to joke that we take pictures for a living," Dr. Smith says of himself and his team.
Dr. Mark Williams, professor and vice chair of internal medicine and director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Georgia football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 8.
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has announced that Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and medical director of the UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorder Center, has been named president-elect effective Nov. 1, 2014.
Phillips is aboard-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine and is a former chair of the Sleep Institute and the National Sleep Foundation.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine assistant professors Dr. Angela Korrect Webb, and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Webb, have ties to the University of Kentucky that go back to when they first began dating during their college years.
While attending Belmont University, Angela, a Nashville native, searched for the perfect shirt to give Jonathan for his birthday. When his roommate let her into their dorm room to see what color was missing from Jonathan's closet, it quickly became clear to her what she should choose.
In the waiting room at the UK HealthCare's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic sits a large binder labelled "Success Stories." Inside are pages and pages of testimony from patients who discovered a renewed quality of life as a result of their experience. "I can walk through the mall with my grandkids again," reads one. "Most important thing I've ever done," declares another. But certain words appear repeatedly throughout: encouragement, support, compassion, welcoming.
A team of investigators has made a thought-provoking discovery about a type of cholesterol previously believed to be a "bad guy" in the development of heart disease and other conditions.
Jason Meyer, a University of Kentucky M.D.-Ph.D.
Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has elected Dr. Charles “Chipper” H. Griffith III, senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as a councilor director on the Society's board. Griffith's three-year term begins at the AOA board of directors meeting in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 3.
Alpha Omega Alpha is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
Prabhakara R Nagareddy, a scientist with the Saha Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Kentucky, has received a prestigious K99/R00 award from the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as the Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, this grant provides two years of mentored postdoctoral support followed by three years of independent support.
The Louisville Ironman – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run – is a competition that would test even the toughest of wills.
But for University of Kentucky radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock, the competition is about more than achieving a personal goal – Feddock, an accomplished triathlete, is using his athletic talents to help provide better care for the cancer patients he treats. When he competes in the Aug.
"It is a real blessing to wake up and enjoy doing a job that I am so passionate about,” said the physician-electrophysiologist at UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute. “I live for those magic moments where I make a difference in my patients' lives.”
Perhaps the most vivid example of his "magic moments" involves a woman named Rae Wagoner.