Dean's Welcome

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” William Osler

At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, we have the privilege to educate future physicians and scientists in a transformational academic environment with innovative research and state-of-the-art patient care. 

We are committed to serve the Commonwealth and beyond through the translation, application, and dissemination of research discovery; committed to enhancing diversity and inclusivity, to best provide education and care to an increasingly diverse local and global community; committed to innovative science and technology, to promote health and wellness with a deep community engagement; and, as indicated in the quote above by Sir William Osler, committed to efforts to understand the individual and the biology of each illness, with a more precise (or precision medicine) approach.

The College of Medicine’s educational programs are fully accredited, and we have been nationally recognized for innovation and leadership for many years. Our curriculum focuses on early clinical experiences, clinical and basic science integration in our systems-based approach, active learning experiences to promote habits of lifelong learning, and a commitment to the highest ideals of our profession with a focus on the patient’s experience. Graduates from our medical school are competitive for the most sought after residency positions in the country, and are well prepared for clinical practice, academic opportunities, and a lifetime of service.

Adding to the educational experience, the College of Medicine has a commitment to the implementation of transdisciplinary and translational research, as well as the application of science and technology (such as genomic science and precision medicine) for optimal patient care. With the escalating growth of technology and scientific discovery, the value of an educational experience at a multidisciplinary and well-integrated academic medical center is unmatched. As a hub of team-based science and cutting-edge, translational research impacting the delivery of care to patients and populations, this integrated approach will be critically important to future physicians and scientists.

With an emphasis on integrated team approaches to research, education and care, our cross-campus experiences are available for students at all levels. With the advanced medical expertise of UK HealthCare, and multiple integrated and programmatic state-of-the art colleges, centers, institutes, hospitals, and other facilities, we are truly able to create lasting impact to health care.

With these exciting times and opportunities for research, education, and state-of-the art clinical care in academic medicine, it is a great privilege to welcome you to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.



Robert S. DiPaola, MD
Dean, College of Medicine