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Harmonica-Playing Surgeon Nationally Recognized for Advocating Music Therapy

Posted: 11/25/2014

When presented with a national award for his contributions to music therapy, Dr. Jay Zwischenberger showed his appreciation with a felicitous expression of music. He concluded a short acceptance speech at the American Music Therapy Association's (AMTA) annual conference with an impromptu performance of Old Joe Clark on his harmonica.

"I'm going to express my gratitude in the only way I know how to connect with these people," he said, dedicating the tune to the members of UK HealthCare music therapy program.

Zwischenberger, chair of the Department of Surgery for UK HealthCare, accepted the AMTA's Music Therapy Advocate Award at the association's annual conference in early November. The physician advocate for music therapy was nominated by the staff of the UK HealthCare music therapy program, which is an arm of the UK Arts in HealthCare program. Known for his enthusiasm for music and always-handy harmonica, Zwischenberger performs alongside musicians during therapy sessions at the UK Chandler Hospital.

In 2010, Zwischenberger served on the search committee for the first director of the UK HealthCare music therapy program. He was instrumental in the appointment of Lori Gooding, Ph.D, a board-certified music therapist who sought to develop a program that... FULL STORY

Tags: Surgery, Music Therapy

Markesbery Symposium Presents Latest Research on Aging and Dementia

Posted: 11/25/2014
More than 450 scientists, researchers and laypeople converged on Lexington last week for the fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia, hosted by the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The two-day program offered sessions for both scientific and community audiences to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders,... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research, Research

'Three Minute Thesis' Prepares Students to Present

Posted: 11/21/2014
Four students seeking their master's degrees and five students doctoral programs competed last week in an event designed to prepare them for presenting research. The "Three Minute Thesis" event, hosted by the UK Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress, is a research communication initiative requiring graduate students to speak succinctly and engagingly about their current research to a... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

HIV/AIDS Drugs Could Be Repurposed to Treat Age-Related Macular

Posted: 11/20/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Research
A landmark study published today in the journal Science by an international group of scientists, led by the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology... FULL STORY

National Rural Health Day Celebrated

Posted: 11/20/2014 - Tags: Rural Health, Center of Excellence in Rural Health
The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) encourages rural providers and communities to join the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and other state and national rural stakeholders to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during the fourth annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 20. NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America,increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an... FULL STORY

Kentucky Surgeon is American College of Surgeons President-Elect

Posted: 11/19/2014 - Tags: Alumni
Dr. J. David Richardson, a 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was elected president-elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last month during the College’s Annual Business Meeting that was held during its 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif. Richardson is currently professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also completed a surgery internship and worked as a junior assistant resident at UK. The American College of Surgeons, with a membership of 78,000 surgeons, is the world’s largest and most prestigious Surgical Organization. Its membership... FULL STORY

Dr. H. David Wilson receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted: 11/18/2014 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Medical Education
Dr. H. David Wilson receives the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges from Dr. Darrell Kirch,, President... FULL STORY

Kentucky Rural Health Leader Receives National Award

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Rural Health, Center of Excellence in Rural Health
Ernie Scott, director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), has received the 2014 Emerging Leader Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Scott received his award at a ceremony Oct. 28 during the organization’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska. NOSORH serves as an influential voice for rural health concerns and promotes a healthy rural America through state and community leadership. NOSORH leads National Rural Health Day efforts on Nov. 20 to recognize rural communities as wonderful places to live and work in addition to their unique health care needs. The organization presents its Emerging Leader Award... FULL STORY

Hahn, Mays and Talbert Named Associate Directors for UK Center for Health

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research
Three University of Kentucky faculty members have been selected as associate directors to help lead the UK Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), said Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of the center which is focused on creating, testing and scaling next-generation solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery and the overall health of people within Kentucky and beyond. Ellen Hahn, the Marcia A. Drake Endowed Professor in the College of Nursing, Glen Mays, the Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research in the UK College of Public Health, and Jeffrey Talbert, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice... FULL STORY

UK Behavioral Researcher Conducts Attorney General's State Domestic

Posted: 11/17/2014 - Tags: Behavioral Science
When cases of intimate partner domestic violence appear in national news, University of Kentucky behavioral researcher TK Logan said she often hears the question, "Why don't women leave?" Logan, who studies violence against women and the prevention of intimate partner violence, said the better question is, "Why doesn't he leave her alone?" In many cases, victims of intimate partner domestic violence are bound by circumstances that make walking away impossible. And, if they do walk away, they often endure threats, stalking and harassment by their abusive partner. Logan recently collaborated with Commonwealth Attorney General Jack Conway's Office of Victim's... FULL STORY

New Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Disorder Identified

Posted: 11/15/2014 - Tags: Research, Pathology, Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
A multi-institutional study has defined and established criteria for a new neurological disease closely resembling Alzheimer’s disease called primary age-related tauopathy (PART). Patients with PART develop cognitive impairment that can be indistinguishable from Alzheimer’s disease, but they lack amyloid plaques. Awareness of this neurological disease will help doctors diagnose and develop more effective treatments for patients with different types of memory impairment.  The study, co-led by Dr. Peter T. Nelson of the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and Dr. John F. Crary of Mount Sinai Hospital, was published in the... FULL STORY

Expo Gives Close-Up Look at State-of-the-Art Robots and Simulators Used

Posted: 11/14/2014 - Tags: Education, Simulation
Before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, fourth year medical students participate in a simulated-based internship "prep week" that includes training on adult and pediatric patient scenarios with high tech patient simulators. This experience incorporating clinical simulation is just one example of the vital and growing use of simulators in providing individual as well as team training in a safe clinical environment without compromising patient safety, said Dr. Zaki Hassan, professor of anesthesiology and surgery in the UK College of Medicine. To further coordinate clinical simulation training and serve as a resource for students and... FULL STORY

'UK at the Half' Talks to Director of Health Services Research

Posted: 11/14/2014 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research
 Dr. Mark Williams, professor and vice chair of internal medicine and director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Georgia football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 8. Williams joined the UK faculty in January of this year. Since then, his UK team garnered a $14.9 million research grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. With this grant, UK will research the adjustment from hospital to home for patients and families. "UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted... FULL STORY

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Announces its 2014 "Senior Stars"

Posted: 11/12/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has recognized eight Kentuckians aged 80 and up (including one married couple) and three centenarians who exemplify graceful aging by remaining engaged in active lifestyles. These "William Markesbery Senior Stars" and "David Wekstein Centenarians" awardees were selected from a pool of 32 nominees based on their current level of engagement in society; significant, lasting contributions in professional and/or community life, and service as a volunteer and role model for future generations. The Senior Star/Centenarian Awards are given in conjunction with the Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia, which... FULL STORY

Dr. Barbara Phillips Named CHEST President-Elect

Posted: 11/10/2014 - Tags: Sleep Disorder, Internal Medicine
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has announced that Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and medical director of the UK Good Samaritan Sleep Disorder Center, has been named president-elect effective Nov. 1, 2014. Phillips is aboard-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine and is a former chair of the Sleep Institute and the National Sleep Foundation. She has served on the Boards of the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Phillips received a Sleep Academic... FULL STORY
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