Jackson Named Assistant Dean for Admissions

Posted: 3/16/2017
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is pleased to announce that Wendy Jackson, MD, has been selected as the Assistant Dean for Admissions.  In this role, Wendy will assist Carol Elam, the Associate Dean for Admissions, in the recruitment of students to the College of Medicine including the regional campuses, under the leadership of the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education, Chris Feddock.  Dr. Jackson earned her medical degree and completed an Obstetrics-Gynecology residency at the University of Kentucky.  After completing advanced training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at the University of Louisville, Wendy returned to... FULL STORY

She Almost Skipped a Routine Exam, But Didn't – And It Saved Her Life

Posted: 3/14/2017
While battling a cold and trying to prepare for her daughter's college graduation party the next day, Claudia Hall considered bailing out of her annual checkup with her gynecologist in early May 2014. With all the stress going on in her life, the Lexington resident figured she would simply postpone the appointment a week or two. But after finding out the next best appointment time for her was nearly three months away, she decided to go ahead with the checkup anyway. "I said, 'No, I don't want to let that go that long,'" Hall said. "And I tell you that because it saved my life." At the appointment with UK HealthCare obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Wendy Jackson,... FULL STORY

New Inductions into AOA National Honor Society

Posted: 3/13/2017
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is the national medical school honor society.  Induction into AOA is a high honor, recognizing students not only who have had high academic achievement, but who have also demonstrated excellence in class leadership and service, community service and engagement, and scholarship and research endeavors.  Only 1/6 of any medical school class achieves AOA induction.  The UK chapter of AOA, consisting of faculty, resident, and student members, met this past week and selected Junior students into AOA. These students will serve as the Executive Board for our chapter for 2017-18 academic year (other students from the Class of 2018 will be... FULL STORY

Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Celebrate Top Spot as Preferred Provider

Posted: 3/13/2017 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Ranking, Clinical
According to the Kentucky Hospital Association's first quarter 2017 inpatient data, UK HealthCare's Gill Heart and Vascular Institute has claimed the top spot as Lexington's preferred provider of cardiovascular care. The Gill's market share has increased every fiscal year since 2010, and with a share of 35.9 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 surpassed that of all other Lexington hospitals. "Our physicians and staff have worked tirelessly to provide top-notch cardiovascular care to patients in Kentucky and beyond," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute. "This milestone is a reflection of that work and I couldn't be... FULL STORY

Hoellein Named Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Posted: 3/10/2017 - Tags: Medical Education
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine recently named Andrew Hoellein, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Student Affairs in a recent announcement. Dr. Hoellein will work with Dr. Brian Adkins, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and the Student Affairs staff to help ensure student success in the medical curriculum, promoting their individual and professional growth. While earning his medical degree from MCP-Hahnemann University, Andrew was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, followed by an academic medicine fellowship in which he attained a Master of Science degree in... FULL STORY

UK Pediatrician Helps Families Build ‘Greenhouses’ for Behavioral

Posted: 3/8/2017 - Tags: Pediatrics
Amy Hall celebrated her son’s first haircut appointment and the moment her daughter permitted a hug. For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, even small gestures and slight behavioral changes count as developmental breakthroughs. Hall’s son Jacob, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 2, once spiraled into emotional outbursts when anyone tried to touch his hair. Hall and behavioral therapists at the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, rehearsed Jacob’s first visit to the barbershop. Every day for several weeks, Jacob practiced getting his hair washed in a bathtub at the school. He took a field trip to the... FULL STORY

UK College of Medicine to Host Match Day Ceremony on March 17, 2017

Posted: 3/2/2017
On Friday, March 17, the UK College of Medicine will host a Match Day Ceremony for the Class of 2017 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center. The ceremony is part of the National Match Day when graduating medical students across the country learn where they will go for residency training, which can last anywhere between three to seven years. Students will learn where they have matched surrounded by their family, friends, faculty members and fellow students.

UK Sports Medicine’s Performs First MACI Cartilage Repair in Kentucky and

Posted: 3/2/2017 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Dr. Christian Lattermann, director for Cartilage Repair and Restoration in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, recently became the first person at UK HealthCare — as well as in Kentucky and in the Midwest — to perform a Matrix Associated Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). The technology for this new procedures constitutes the first, and only new, cartilage technology to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1996. The new MACI technology utilizes the patients’ own cartilage cells to create the MACI scaffold which, unlike preceding technology, can be glued into the cartilage defect. This technique... FULL STORY

UK Celebrates its 2017 Great Teacher Award Winners

Posted: 3/1/2017 - Tags: Great Teachers Award, Toxicology and Cancer Biology
Six University of Kentucky educators were named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2017 Great Teacher Award Tuesday night.The recipients are:Richard Andreatta, College of Health Sciences - Communication Sciences and DisordersGitanjali Pinto-Sinai, College of Dentistry - Restorative DentistryJeff Reese, College of Education - Educational, School and Counseling PsychologyMichelle Sizemore, College of Arts and Sciences - EnglishNathan Vanderford, College of Medicine - Toxicology and Cancer BiologySherali Zeadally, College of Communication and Information - Information ScienceAward recipients were honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition... FULL STORY

UK Psychiatry Walks for Warmth to Support Homeless Community in Lexington

Posted: 2/28/2017 - Tags: Psychiatry, Community Service
On Feb. 18, 13 employees from the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and their families walked through downtown Lexington to raise awareness about the needs of the homeless community and funds for the Lexington Rescue Mission’s Homeless Prevention Program. Mareen Dennis, assistant professor of psychiatry, coordinated the team from UK Psychiatry. Getting staff to participate was simple, Dennis said. “All that it took was getting the word out that we were forming a team of volunteers and then things naturally fell into place.” Participants paid a registration fee to participate, formed a team and walked through Lexington. Dennis felt this event was... FULL STORY

University of Kentucky to Develop Medical School Regional Campus in

Posted: 2/27/2017 - Tags: Medical Education, Campus Expansion
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced Monday plans to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus at Bowling Green is projected to begin enrolling students in 2018, and Morehead sometime thereafter. The newest UK College of Medicine initiative will be in partnership with Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Currently, the UK... FULL STORY

UK's 2017 DanceBlue Raises Nearly $1.8 Million for Pediatric Cancer

Posted: 2/26/2017 - Tags: Dance Blue, Pediatric
After 24 hours of dancing in anticipation, DanceBlue chairs and committee members revealed the 2017 grand fundraising total of $1,785,286.96 to the nearly 1,000 student participants and a crowd of supporters. Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, the reveal this evening was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK. It all began in 2006 by raising $123,323.16 and has increased every year. With this... FULL STORY