SNMA participants

From Dec. 8-10, 2023, the UK College of Medicine had the honor of hosting the SNMA Region X Medical Education Conference. 

Nick Devanney

Before training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Nick Devanney, PhD, had little connection to The Bluegrass State. He is from New England, and his family currently lives there. 

Julie Youssefi

Julie Youssefi, MD, discusses being the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s epilepsy fellow in 2020-2021 – and how being the fellow gave her the tailored experience she needed. 

Julie Youssefi, MD, became interested in epilepsy care during medical school and neurology residency training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Anna Maria South, MD

Anna Maria South, MD, is an addiction medicine physician who treats patients with substance use disorders. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine training the next generation of health care leaders to improve access and advance treatment. 

Matthew Bush

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that Matthew Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, has been selected to serve as the new department chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. 

Todd Cheever

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has appointed a division chief of academic medical education – Todd R. Cheever, MD. 

Elizabeth Smith, Mary Kate Stafford, Amber Davis

Elizabeth Smith, PA-C, has been an advanced practice provider (APP) in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Urology for eight years.

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

Dr. Randaline Barnett

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine welcomes a familiar face to its neurosurgery faculty next year. Randaline Barnett, MD, will join the college and UK HealthCare as a pediatric neurosurgeon, returning to her alma mater where she “fell in love” with neuroscience and officially became the first doctor in her family.

alumni spotlight graphic with a headshot of dr. huang

If you ever meet Michael Huang, chances are you’ll see him with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, or a camera strap. Either way, you’ve met Dr. Michael Huang, Lexington physician, or Dr. Mike, well-known, freelance photographer about town.

Dr. DeFranco

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is thrilled to announce that after an extensive search, Emily DeFranco, DO, MS, has been selected to serve as the new chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Mattingly at Denali

Since graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Ben Mattingly, MD, has climbed the highest peaks on each continent, known as the “Seven Summits.” He has gone scuba diving near the Galapagos Islands. He has ridden dirt bikes in Romania. He has fished in bodies of water across the U.S. and traveled to so many countries, that he has lost count.

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.

Group photo of Dr. McKinney, Dr. White, and Dr. Garvy

A key component of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s mission is providing exceptional education for medical students, residents and fellows, and biomedical trainees.

Dr. Hinds, Zachary Kipp, and Evelyn Bates studying data

Terry Hinds, PhD, joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty with an impressive record of groundbreaking research and state-of-the-art specialized technology. He is not only advancing scientific discoveries at UK but also helping more undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows gain early experience with high-impact work.

The 2023 cohort of transitional year program

After medical school, some new doctors may start a preliminary year in medicine or surgery. Others choose a transitional year, combining medicine, surgery, and other rotations in medical training.

student affairs team member bodie stevens stands and talks to two medical students

Kent Lewis, MDiv, arrived to this year’s Bowling Green Campus Match Day event with a megaphone. He learned his lesson during the campus’ inaugural celebration – with all of the excitement, the event can get loud. He nearly lost his voice last year presenting the countdown to open envelopes.

Dr. Kaitlyn Samuels

Kaitlyn Samuels, MD, is a recent graduate and now a first-year plastic surgery resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She also earned her Bachelor of Science at UK. In the following Q&A, she shares how her mom is her inspiration, not only in her career but also in her interest outside of work – which, in “traditional Kentucky fashion,” is riding horses.

Pauss sisters

When pursuing a research career, earning a PhD is a traditional and exciting, yet challenging, part of the process. This fall, sisters Katie and Sally Pauss will lean on one another when they begin the journey together at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“We both independently felt like that was the right thing for us,” Katie said.