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UK Experts to Discuss Cancer Care on KET

Posted: 3/27/2015

Next week, KET will feature three University of Kentucky experts discussing cancer care in a set of programs that will accompany the three-part documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns.

The series, which will air March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9 p.m., is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

On Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. on KET, UK Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers, will appear on One to One with Bill Goodman, discussing the latest news in cancer care and research, and Markey's goals to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. Evers' interview will air again on Monday, March 30, 12:30 a.m. on KET and Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. on KET2.

On Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m., two UK experts will join KET Health Three60 host Renee Shaw for a live call-in program called "Answers for Cancer." Dr. Tim Mullett, a UK HealthCare lung cancer specialist who is himself a cancer survivor, and Dr. Fran Feltner, director of the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health, will be on the panel to take questions from viewers about cancer screening, treatment and recovery resources in Kentucky.

Other panelists include Donald Miller, director of the James Graham... FULL STORY

Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Research

Medical Journal Names UK Physician as Author of One of Most

Posted: 3/26/2015
Dr. John H. Eichhorn, professor of Anesthesiology and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, authored a paper earlier in his career titled, "Standards for Patient Monitoring During Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School," which is named in the current issue of the prestigious journal, Anesthesia and Analgesia, as one of the top 20 most important... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Journals

Match Day Reveals Next Phase of Medical Journey for UK Students

Posted: 3/24/2015
Before fourth-year University of Kentucky medical students Kenisha Webb and Tom Muse opened acceptance letters to their medical residency programs, they calculated their odds of landing at the same location. Their letters could show any of 92 possible combinations of medical institutions between the two future doctors who started dating during medical school. Sharing a podium and stage inside the... FULL STORY
Tags: Match Day, Medical Education, Students

Williams Named UK HealthCare Chief Transformation and Learning Officer

Posted: 3/23/2015 - Tags: OVIHD
Dr. Mark V. Williams has been named chief transformation and learning officer (CTLO) for UK HealthCare as well as co-director of the newly created Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). He will co-direct OVIHD with Dr. Bernie Boulanger, chief medical officer, and foster innovative approaches to increasing the value of patient-centered care delivery. By leveraging UK HealthCare’s growing information technology expertise and performance improvement efforts, Williams intends to collaborate with staff and leaders throughout UK HealthCare to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery through standardization across the health system... FULL STORY

In Remembrance of Dr. Robert Kraus

Posted: 3/23/2015 - Tags: Psychiatry
Robert F. Kraus, M.D. died on March 3rd at the age of 84. He was professor emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, where he served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 1981 to 1991. He had a long, distinguished academic career in the area of transcultural psychiatry and was an expert in circumpolar mental health but derived the greatest pleasure from the care of patients and training future physicians.  His love of medicine continued, even as his health slowed him over the past years.  A memorial service will be announced at a future date He was educated at Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin,... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Establishes Office for Value and Innovation Healthcare

Posted: 3/17/2015 - Tags: OVIHD, UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare has established the Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD), aiming to provide value-based care across our health system. By re-engineering care delivery using expertise from industry, UK HealthCare will undergo a transformation of its delivery system to optimize care coordination for patients. “As the health care delivery system continues to evolve, we must be ready to respond to market needs, without losing focus on patient safety and care across the health care continuum,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “The Office for Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery will include process... FULL STORY

UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Posted: 3/13/2015 - Tags: Pediatrics
UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM). Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics. A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale... FULL STORY

UK Great Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Sameer Desai

Posted: 3/10/2015
Six University of Kentucky educators were recently named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2015 Great Teacher Award.   The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is the longest-running university award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa then makes the final selections. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and monetary reward. The recipients are: Sameer Desai, College of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Pearl James, College of Arts and Sciences,... FULL STORY

UK Scientist Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Study Therapy for Sepsis

Posted: 3/10/2015 - Tags: Research, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
Xiang-An Li, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study synthetic HDL (sHDL) as a potential therapy for sepsis. Sepsis -- also called septicemia -- is a life-threatening condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Immune chemicals released by the body into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation that can damage multiple organ systems. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops, the heart weakens and the patient spirals toward septic shock and death. Sepsis is a major... FULL STORY

Legislative Leaders Join Gov. Beshear for UK Research Bill Signing

Posted: 3/9/2015 - Tags: Research
Governor Steve Beshear, joined by legislative leaders, today signed legislation authorizing construction of a multidisciplinary research building at the University of Kentucky. House Bill 298 provides for a state-of-the-art facility which will house world-class research across health disciplines. Research will focus on the many health challenges facing the Commonwealth, particularly those which contribute to preventable diseases and deaths. “This project represents the potential to improve the lives of so many, both within Kentucky where our health outcomes are so poor, and beyond,” Gov. Beshear said. “I’m happy the General Assembly is supporting the university’s... FULL STORY

Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony

Posted: 3/9/2015
Join us on this memorable day and share in the excitement for our graduates. The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts located at 405 Rose Street. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the ceremony.   What:     Class of 2015 Graduation CeremonyWhen:     May 16, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.Where:    Singletary Center for the Arts                  405 Rose Street               ... FULL STORY

UK Big Blue Family VIDEO: Elodie and Samy-Claude Elayi Hope to Impact

Posted: 3/9/2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2015) — A trip to the school library in Paris, France set the foundation for a love story that spans nearly 30 years and two continents. Elodie Elayi, and her husband, Samy-Claude Elayi were born, raised and educated in France.   Today Elodie serves as the research development director at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and coordinator of the CCTS Pilot Funding Program.  She works to help researchers across campus complete translational research, often called the “bench to bedside” process.  Samy-Claude is an associate professor of medicine and a cardiologist specializing in... FULL STORY

KNI Physician Helps Patients with Parkinson's Using Newly-Approved

Posted: 3/9/2015 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
To date, a cure for Parkinson's disease remains elusive for the more than 50,000 Americans diagnosed yearly, despite decades of intensive study. But a newly approved treatment that might help ease the symptoms of Parkinson's has shown remarkable promise. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. While most people recognize a Parkinson's patient by their motor skill difficulties such as tremor, slowness and stiffness, the disease also gives rise to several non-motor types of symptoms such as sensory deficits, cognitive difficulties or sleep problems. While doctors have a number of treatments available to... FULL STORY

UK's Vanderford featured in Nature

Posted: 3/9/2015 - Tags: Graduate Center for Toxicology, Faculty, Publications
Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, has a featured article on graduate education in the March 5 edition of Nature. Nature is one of the most prominent and prestigious interdisciplinary scientific journals in the world. Vanderford co-wrote an article titled, "Wanted: Information" with Viviane Callier from the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. In the piece, Vanderford and Callier examine why recent doctoral graduates are having trouble obtaining jobs. They note that doctoral students, specifically those in the science... FULL STORY

New UK Research Facility Gets Green Light From State Legislature

Posted: 3/4/2015 - Tags: Research
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto believes it is time "to make death a beggar in Kentucky.” It’s the idea that through world-class research across an array of disciplines, and a commitment to working as partners with communities across the state, some of the most stubborn health challenges and statistics that plague Kentucky can be successfully attacked. On Tuesday, the state General Assembly and Gov. Steve Beshear demonstrated their unwavering commitment to that vision of addressing Kentucky’s most stubborn health disparities by endorsing funding for construction of a $265 million, multidisciplinary research building at UK. The Senate voted 36-... FULL STORY