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.
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?
Haley Wehder, MD, loved birthday parties. So much so, that after only one year of knowing resident Conor Malloy, MD, she threw an elaborate surprise party for his wife.
Though not a “birthday party person” himself, Dr. Malloy couldn’t help but smile that Dr. Wehder went the extra mile for someone she only knew a short time.
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.Anesthesiology
Sarah Jean Hall, MD, PhD
Olivia Henderson, MD, said that beyond “tubes and tonsils,” she did not know much about otolaryngology when she started medical school. During her third-year surgery clerkship at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she discovered her dream career while working within the specialty.
“It felt like after just one day on that service that I never looked back,” she said.
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to select physician and dedicated Kentuckian Ginny Gottschalk, MD, as the new chair of family and community medicine.
Dr. Gottschalk has served as acting chair of the department for nearly a year. She is an associate professor in the clinical title series and has been part of the department faculty since 2014.
Omar Al-Janabi, MBChB, PhD, MS, initially arrived in Lexington, Ky., for a master’s program and an affordable place to live with his family. Nearly a decade later, he has completed not one but three graduate training programs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He also has engaged with mentors who will have a lasting impact on his career in medicine and research.
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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.
Khawla Abusamra, MBBS, and Thien Thanh Nguyen, MD, are fourth-year residents in the UK College of Medicine Department of Neurology. As they near the end of their programs, they reflect on the department’s exceptional training and the lasting friendships they built along the way, including with one another.
Samantha Ford had always wanted to go to medical school, but after training in a clinical laboratory setting at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she gained a new perspective on how research can play a role in her future career as a physician.
The Northern Kentucky Campus inaugural class gained an irreplaceable opportunity to pave the way for future generations and improve health care in Kentucky.
This spring, the UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus will graduate its first class of students. After four years, the campus not only celebrates its full complement of students, but also their extraordinary commitment to serving their communities.
A young Ryan Yadav assumed he would move far away from home when he set off for college. But after eight years of training at the University of Kentucky, he wants to remain a Kentuckian now more than ever.
Josh Musalia’s uncle, an orthopaedic surgeon in Kenya, served as his inspiration for going to medical school. Musalia was moved by what his being a doctor represented: people counted on him, he was a valuable member of the community, and he served as a go-to for medical expertise.
Musalia aspired for that same meaningful patient interaction as a physician.
Close friends Charles Price, Kassidy Price, and Katie Ward have leaned on one another throughout their medical training. When they graduate this spring and embark on their next journey, residency, it will be the first time they live in different towns in more than eight years.
According to her family, Gabriella Smith was the second oldest of six and “the helper child” of the bunch. She lived up to this nickname at home in Alexandria, Ky., caring for her three youngest siblings who have special needs. She demonstrated it through church, traveling with teams across Central America to make health care more accessible.
Western Kentucky is special to Claire and Dylan Sanford. It’s where they met and started dating. It’s where Dylan proposed to Claire, on the same Owensboro High School court he played basketball and she cheered.
For Holly Danneman, MD, “Northern Kentucky is home.” Born and raised in the region, she is a St. Elizabeth Healthcare physician who has spent 20 years and counting practicing medicine in the Northern Kentucky community.
About 2,200 miles away from his hometown and alma mater in Lexington, Ky., Paul Hennig, MD, is using his UK College of Medicine education to promote patient-centered health care for underserved communities.