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

In this senior leadership role, Dr. Cheever will oversee, develop, and implement innovative and high-quality education programs. He will help shape medical student, resident, and fellow academic and professional development. He will also will play a critical role in supporting faculty development and the appointment and promotion process within the division of academic medical education. 

He will serve as a resource and mentor for regional campus faculty, ensuring students and residents continue to learn under exceptional educators throughout the Commonwealth. This role will support faculty that teach in our undergraduate and graduate medical education programs at our regional campuses, as well as other faculty who work within the division at our Lexington campus, the VA, and community hospitals. 

“Dr. Cheever possesses a wealth of experience in medical student education, clinical care, mentorship, and student affairs – making him the perfect person to set the standard for this new position within the college,” said Stephanie White, MD, MS, senior associate dean for medical student education.

Dr. Cheever completed both his medical degree and psychiatry residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Since graduating from UK, he has dedicated his career to advancing educational opportunities for students, residents, and trainees at UK. 

He currently is the inaugural associate dean of the Bowling Green Campus. He led the campus through its first white coat ceremony in 2018 and its first Match Day and graduation in 2022. As an alumnus of Western Kentucky University, Dr. Cheever understood the importance of adding a medical school in this community. He is passionate about expanding access to vital health care in Kentucky, and that passion has always shined through in his teaching and leadership. 

Before leading the Bowling Green Campus, Dr. Cheever served as director for the adult psychiatry residency program. He also served as assistant dean, and later associate dean, for student affairs in the Office of Medical Education from 2001-2017.

His many awards include the Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society faculty recipient; the 2020 Outstanding Teacher Award at the Bowling Green Campus; and the Master Educator Award in faculty development, research, leadership, innovation, and teaching. He is an eight-time winner of the Psychiatry Clerkship Teaching Award and has won numerous department-level awards for excellence in teaching, research, and performance during residency.

Dr. Cheever will begin his new role in limited capacity starting Dec. 1, 2023. He will remain in Bowling Green as acting associate dean until a replacement has been found through a comprehensive search, which will begin very soon.