George Fuchs

George Fuchs, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and pediatric gastroenterologist for Kentucky Children’s Hospital, recently published a report in the journa

A purple filtered image of a diabetic person checking their blood sugar.

A new study conducted by a group of researchers, including the interim executive director of the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW), has found that people who experience interpersonal violence or child abuse face a more than 20% increased risk of developing diabetes. 

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? 

Cristina Rivera-Ramirez doing a mock splint on Maddie Duff.

Standing before a classroom of college juniors, orthopaedics resident Cristina Rivera-Ramirez, MD, skillfully interpreted an X-ray of a distal radius fracture in a patient’s arm. The next step was to reveal how to treat it. By the time she got out the supplies to demonstrate making a splint, students were at the edge of their seats, ready to volunteer.

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

air quality index

This week, communities across the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. are experiencing the effects of smoke from wildfires in Canada. Parts of Kentucky reached unhealthy levels in the air quality index (AQI).

Matthew Coleman

Matthew Coleman has been named director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH), effective July 1, 2023. 

Dr. in white coat conducting a telehealth session.

The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) will host the 2023 Kentucky Rural Telehealth Summit Thursday, Sept. 28. The one-day event will be held in person at Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

View of the mountains of Kentucky, with fog rolling through like a river.

A recent University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center study published in The Journal of Rural Health sheds light on Appalachian Kentucky’s alarming cancer burden, revealing striking disparities compared to non-Appalachian Kentucky and the rest of the

David Fardo, PhD

“A lot of people who have dementia do not have Alzheimer’s disease.” That is a statement that guides researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging as they aim to better define other causes of dementia.

(From left:) Jenna Tinnell, Kylie Cochran, DeAsia King, Lauren Hudson and Madilyn Limeberry, students in the UK College of Medicine, volunteer to care for the young residents of the Salvation Army.

It’s Wednesday night, and both Lauren Hudson and DeAsia King anxiously check their watches. Thirty minutes to go, and there’s still so much to do.

Alan Daugherty in the lab

A University of Kentucky research scientist studying ways to repair damaged major vessels with medication rather than surgery has received the American Heart Association Merit Award.

Ima Ebong on UK Campus

Ima Ebong, MD, assistant professor of neurology and clinical neurophysiology, is one of 10 winners to receive the University of Kentucky’s 2022-23 Outstanding Teaching Awards.

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.

Department of Radiology Faculty

Residents in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Radiology presented projects in the annual Rosenbaum Endowed Annual Department of Radiology Quality and Safety Showcase, an event in which residents, fellows, faculty and staff explore opportunities for potential improvement in quality and safety in radiological imaging and procedures.

Campus sky view

The University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) is taking nominations for the fourth cohort of Faculty Fellows in Science Communication.

Gov. Andy Beshear, Robert Baumann, Eric Friedlander, Joe Bringardner ,and DeAnna Brangers

On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander recognized UK HealthCare’s Robert J. Baumann, MD, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Simon Fisher, MD, PHD

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is pleased to announce that after a successful year leading the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center as acting director, Simon Fisher, MD, PhD, will serve as the permanent center director.

Alan Daugherty giving a presentation at a podium

A University of Kentucky expert in cardiovascular health is being honored for his role in leading one of the American Heart Association's journals.

Kristin Ashford (top left), Jay Christian (top right), Jayani Jayawardhana (bottom left), Caroline Weber (bottom right)

The University of Kentucky Cannabis Center has awarded its first set of faculty pilot grants to support innovative and collaborative cannabis research.