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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. 

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. 

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. 

BBAMM Scholars at simulation center

Black Boys and Men in Medicine, a pathway program designed to address underrepresentation in medicine, recently celebrated another successful year.

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Watch below Part 2 of the "Because We Care" mini-documentary series. 

muto and his wife

Just a few weeks into Alexander Muto’s first year of medical school, disaster struck his hometown of Lahaina, Hawaii. 

Group of award winners

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to share the winners of the third annual Mission, Vision, Pillar, and Enabler (MVPE) Awards.

Caitlin Conley presents her poster to onlooker

In 2019, for the first time ever, the majority of medical school students in the U.S. were women, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Despite this progress, in some areas of medicine, like orthopaedics, the gender gap is still quite significant. 

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Over the next few months, the UK College of Medicine will be releasing an exciting mini-documentary series called “Because We Care.” Capturing interviews and conversations with people across our community, the four-part series explores who we are as a college and why our mission matters to all of us, whether we are learners, faculty, researchers, or staff.

Dean Griffith talking to faculty

Charles “Chipper” Griffith’s workday uniform switched from scrubs to office wear when he graduated residency and joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty in 1994. Shortly after, he began making a statement with loud, colorful ties. 

Dillon Powell

Northern Kentucky has always been home for Dillon Powell, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Raised in Independence, Ky, he attended Simon Kenton High School and Thomas More University. When the College of Medicine opened its Northern Kentucky Campus in 2019, he knew that was where he wanted to go for medical school. 

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is pleased to announce that April Hatcher, PhD, has been named assistant dean for foundational sciences. Dr. Hatcher will assume this new role beginning April 1, 2024. 

Jacqueline A. Noonan, MD (far right) was a trailblazer in the field of cardiology

March is designated as Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we are highlighting women who have made history here at the College of Medicine. Their contributions are diverse, spanning significant research breakthroughs to exemplary patient care and education. 

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Jerika Durham is a PhD candidate in the department of toxicology and cancer biology. Durham, who grew up in eastern Kentucky, is not only the first person in her family to pursue such a degree, but the first to attend college at all. 

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First-year medical student Chloe Obert is disciplined. She enjoys structure and does not shy away from a challenge. It is why becoming a doctor was a natural career path. But Obert’s road to medicine was nontraditional. When searching for the right undergraduate degree, she felt called to another passion – ballet.

dr cheavar blair in the lab

Cheavar Blair, PhD, completed his doctorate in physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2017. In 2022, he was recruited back to the department as an assistant professor in the research title series.


We are pleased to announce that CHET is partnering with the mHealth Application Modernization and Mobilization Alliance (MAMMA) to fund two $25,000 grants focused on mHealth projects that help to improve health equity.

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The Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) recognized Rachel Saunders, MD, as a 2023 APGO Humanism in Teaching Award recipient. Saunders is an associate professor in The UK College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Carl Watson

Carl Watson, MD, made history as the first Black graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He earned his doctorate in 1964 as a member of the college’s first graduating class, and his impact in medicine continued through a decades-long career as an obstetrician and gynecologist. 

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“English or Español?” Second-year medical student Whitney Weinschenk said asking that simple question elicited sighs of relief from some attendees during a recent community baby shower in Florence, Ky.