Welcome From Our Program Leadership

As the Associate Program Director for the Child Neurology residency and alumnus of this prestigious program, it is my privilege to introduce you to a training experience that began six decades ago.  Our philosophy, focused on compassion and care,  guides our program’s structure and is reflected in our core values. 

Child Neurology is a humbling field, as much is unknown.  We believe this gap in knowledge, although a challenge for clinical practice, provides an incredible opportunity for growth and education.  How do we achieve this?  By bringing together extraordinary trainees, mentors, experienced teachers, and above all diverse patients.  We designed unique, evidence-based guidelines to treat neurological conditions in children and adolescents adapted for our care environment and patient population.  Our former trainees are leaders in their respective fields across the country.  

Consistent with UK’s origins as a land-grant public university, we believe in serving the community and pioneered a network of outreach clinics, which provide neurological care for children throughout rural Kentucky using local nursing staff and facilities.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we seamlessly transferred our outreach clinics to telemedicine and continued to provide much-needed services for the underserved populations of Kentucky. 

Our Kentucky Neuroscience Institute Child Neurology Clinic is based on a multidisciplinary subspecialty model.  There are dedicated clinics for various neurological problems in children and adolescents. Examples include:

  • Epilepsy

  • Brain tumors

  • Headaches

  • Genetics

  • Neurodevelopment

  • Movement disorders

As a trainee, you will have a once in a lifetime learning experience, but above all you will find a new family and home.  Wherever you go and whatever you do, your old Kentucky Home will stay with you. 

Welcome home!

 

Sharoon Qaiser, MD

Associate Program Director, Child Neurology Residency

Department of Neurology, College of Medicine

University of Kentucky, Lexington KY


Welcome From Our Chief Resident

Welcome to the Department of Child Neurology!

I am grateful to be the first to tell you about how our program will help you become a fantastic Child Neurologist. Interviewing and matching in the time of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic seems like a daunting task that your predecessors, including myself, did not have to navigate. I know that you did not get the chance to experience our first rate learning and practice environment firsthand. Let me be your eyes and ears.

My journey in Lexington and UK started 5 years ago when I first interviewed for residency. From my very first day I noticed how the Physicians here inspire excellence every single day. They exemplify first-class patient care and teach students and residents to think of each patient and family as a world of their own. Within those worlds you will treat conditions across the gamut of Child Neurology, and gain experience with entities that many Neurologists may only see a limited amount of in a lifetime.

As a Foreign Medical Graduate I trained in an underdeveloped country and I want to continue gaining the skills necessary to bring premier levels of care to these families. One of the most rewarding experiences of my training here is the opportunity to treat children with special healthcare needs for whom Child Neurology care is an essential part of their life. We maintain regional clinics throughout key locations of the state to reach patients who would otherwise not have adequate access to our services. I am inspired by the dedication of the Child Neurology Department at UK towards the underserved populations of the Commonwealth, where they serve significant portions of their clinic days. During this challenging time we have remained steadfast in our mission to care for our underprivileged families by advancing our Telehealth capabilities and bringing our experience and expertise into the comfort of their homes. This unique commitment to our community exemplifies the best of our program’s philosophy.

At home base here in Lexington, each of our attendings plays an essential role in our professional development. Every day we engage in discussion of hallmark or emerging literature and how to reason through the existing evidence to provide our patients our very best. If your interests lie in advancing our current knowledge and body of evidence, there is no shortage of research opportunities for you here. If you can think of a question, there is a faculty member who can help you design and create a plan to answer it. Every year the department hosts a trainee research day where we are given to present our work to the entire institution. We are also aided and encouraged to present at national and international conferences including CNS, AAN, AES, and ANPA.

Our current and upcoming program directors, Dr. Kimberly Jones and Dr. Sharoon Qaiser, are both graduates of our own Child Neurology Residency Program. As such they share personal interest in providing us with premier and interest tailored training experiences. In her time as program director, Dr. Jones has developed 11 new elective rotations, and placed Child EEG and Neuroradiology rotations earlier in the 3rd year to increase the time span during which we can utilize our skills in practice interpreting these essential studies daily throughout our entire neurology training. Our program also currently holds our largest resident complement in the history of the program. Our goal is to continue this trend and increase the number of child neurology residents. We have also continued to enhance recruitment of qualified individuals that value the excellent practice of Child Neurology as well as the welfare of the children of Kentucky.

Another unique aspect of our Neurology training is that our year of Adult Neurology is divided and parsed into three years of Child Neurology. This ensures that we enjoy, and are not overwhelmed by, our adult rotations, as well as getting to constantly revisit our Child Neurology roots and merge the different facets of our training effectively. We have a distinguished Comprehensive Stroke Center and Level IV Epilepsy Center (the highest designated levels of care). The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at UK is internationally renowned as an elite center for Neurocognitive and Neurodegenerative disease. We have an excellent didactic lecture series that provides the ultimate preparation for board examinations. Throughout residency, we are frequently working on collaborative and collegial multidisciplinary teams with Neurosurgeons, Neuroradiologists, Pediatrics and their subspecialties, Psychiatrists, and Neuropsychologists. You will become adept at collaborating and enhancing your practice with these excellent colleagues.

I cannot emphasize enough how glad I am to be training at the UK Child Neurology program and I highly encourage you to apply. Our program provides an environment uniquely suited to training future leaders in Child Neurology that provide the highest levels of compassionate and evidence-based care to the patients that put their trust in us, and I invite you to become part of that experience. 

At your service,

Rodolfo Lewy, MD