Dr. Katie Bussing with students

We have good news to share!

Cody Bumgardner, PhD, is a co-investigator on a newly funded grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled “Rapid Actionable Data for Opioid Response in Kentucky (RADOR-KY)”.  This project is a collaboration with UK Internal Medicine and UK Behavioral Science. Jeffrey Talbot, MD, is the PI. Congratulations Dr. Bumgardner!

Residents at the senior banquet

Derek Allison, MD, and Dava Piecoro, MD, are co-authors of an article titled “Precision Medicine in Cytopathology” which was accepted for publication in Surgical Pathology Clinics. The link to the publication is https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1j6R%7E6gYCvQAEA. Congratulations to you both!

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.

Dr. Donna Hill presenting her poster on Research Day

We have good news to share!

Derek Allison, MD, and Dava Piecoro, MD, are co-authors of an online CME/CE education activity for the CAP titled “Case 2:  Seminoma for the 2024 CAP FNA Educational CME/CE Program”.  This activity was released on April 15, 2024.  Excellent work to you both!

JB Bradley and his daughter, Cali, celebrated Match Day in Lexington

When John “JB” Bradley was a young boy growing up in Beattyville, Ky., he dreamed of being a doctor. Inspired by his small town’s family physician, he imagined taking care of families just like his own one day.

Dr. Julie Ribes and Dr. Vaneet Arora

Derek Allison, MD, will be serving as the co-editor for the section Cytopathology in Focus in CAP Today.  This provides Dr. Allison and our department with the opportunity to increase our footprint in Cytopathology on a more national level.  Congratulations, Dr. Allison!

Wang-Xia Wang, PhD

Every week in March, we will offer perspectives on this national observance and their own life experiences from women at UK HealthCare. This week’s Q&A features Wang-Xia Wang, PhD, a researcher with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine.

Pathology faculty  and resident white coat photo

Derek Allison, MD is Co-investigator on a newly awarded grant from the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  The grant is titled “Supplemental:  FY25 Overcoming Treatment Resistance in Wilms Tumor by PT” and is a collaboration with the Department of Radiation Medicine and Vivek Rangnekar, MD, who is the PI. Congratulations Dr. Allison!


Resident white coat photo

Derek Allison, MD, Bob McDonald, DO, Dava Piecoro, MD, Jing Di, MD, and Shengyi Zhang, MD, along with Emily Bachert, MD, Patrick Hensley, MD and Myint, MD and medical student Heather Short, are senior author (Dr.

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Two of our residents have already been busy in 2024 with professional development! Asma Arshia, MBBS, and Jing Di, MD, have been selected as 2024 CAP Foundation Leadership Development Award recipients by the College of American Pathologists Foundation.

Drs. Hafsa Nebbache, Faisal Hassan, Juanita Ferreira presenting at CAP

Derek Allison, MD, Nathan Shelman, MD, and Shulin Zhang,MD, PhD, are co-investigators on a newly funded grant from the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund (KPCRTF).  The project is “Project Inherited Cancer Risk” and John D’Orazio, MD, is the PI.  This project is a collaboration with Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville.  Congratulations to all of you!

Research team members

A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky is working to better understand the impact of opioid use disorder on mothers and babies.

Every 24 minutes in the United States, a baby is born with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) after being exposed in mothers with opioid use disorder.

Dr. Jing Di at AMP Conference 2024.
Congratulations to pathology faculty and residents on all their accomplishments.
CAP Presenters
Congratulations to the pathology faculty and residents on all their accomplishments. Below are recent accomplishments in September and October.


Dr. Beck and Dr. Neltner

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that Sandra Beck, MD, and Janna Neltner, MD, will join the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) leadership team.

Dr. Beck will serve as assistant dean for program development. Dr. Neltner will serve as assistant dean for accreditation.

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

Behind the Blue Logo

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Greg Davis, M.D., came to University of Kentucky in 1976 as an English major, with the intent of becoming a teacher. But after taking a job as a nursing assistant to help pay the bills, Davis discovered he had a knack for medicine.

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.

Stock photo of woman on computer

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.

Kalee Rusnak, Adeel Ashraf, and Tony Nesta working with William O'Connor, MD.
Please help us in welcoming our incoming PGY1 pathology residents!

Katie Bussing, MD, Kalee Rusnak, MD, Adeel Ashraf, MD, and Tony Nesta, MD have joined the UK College of Medicine Pathology Department. Kalee and Tony both graduated from the University of Kentucky and have rotated through our department for medical school electives.