Bike4Alz team shoulder-to-shoulder in front of a sign that reads, "Welcome to Colorful Colorado"
Guan-Yu Xiao in front of a gorgeous water feature.

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Centerresearcher Guan-Yu Xiao, PhD, has received a three-year $747,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study how lung cancer metastasizes, or spreads to other parts of the body. 

Children gathered around an activity table.

University of Kentucky Summer STEM Experiences Camps show what is possible when the university, local schools and community come together to bring STEM to life for youth. 

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Seth Himelhoch, MD, has served as chair of the UK College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry for the last six years. Dr. Himelhoch will soon bid the Commonwealth goodbye, relocating to the University of Chicago as chair of its department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. 

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. 

Hollie Swanson

A University of Kentucky researcher will be serving as a member of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Review Committee. The committee is responsible for the scientific review of multiple grant mechanisms at the NIEHS.

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

A lab worker, wearing gloves and holding tools for a Pap smear.

New University of Kentucky research published in JAMA Network Open reveals concerning declines in cervical cancer screening rates among women in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in rural areas.  

Larry Goldstein, MD

The University of Kentucky Public Relations and Strategic Communications Office provides a weekly health column available for use and reprint by news media.

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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. 

Michael Rankin, M.D., a decorated UK College of Medicine alum and Fort Logan Derby-Wright Foundation board member, interacts with students. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

For years, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)-Scholars has provided summer academic enrichment activities to rising college freshmen from racially/ethnically underrepresented or rural backgrounds. The goal of this early exposure to the field of medicine carries with it the hope of solidifying their commitment to the career path.

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. 

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Members of the UK community continue to be impacted heavily by a phishing scam that asks UK community members to fill out a Google form with their UK account information.  These types of attacks can result in personal and financial information being compromised. 

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. 

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Lauren Bojarski, DO, joined the UK College of Medicine as a neurology resident in 2020, just as COVID-19 began to spread across the U.S. 

“I started my very first day learning how to gown up with personal protective equipment (PPE), which I was not expecting,” said Dr. Bojarski. “But once I met my co-residents and the attendings, I felt more at ease.”