Alumni

Since its inception, the University of Kentucky has produced leaders in their fields. Among the many honors achieved by UK's 170,000 alumni, there are two winners of the Nobel Prize and five Pulitzer Prize winners. Alumni are truly the pride of the University of Kentucky. They are our source of strength and one of the University's greatest resources. Their achievements illustrate not only the quality of student that the University attracts, but also the quality of graduate it produces. Worldwide, alumni are living testaments to UK's mission, its dedicated faculty and staff and the power of an outstanding education. For many of our alumni, their education at UK made a difference in their life and is now making a difference in the lives of others.

MD/PhD Alumni Profiles

Name Bio / Education Mentor
Andres Chang

Chemistry BS: University of Central Arkansas - 2006

Molecular and Cellualr Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2012

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Early Events of Human Metapneumovirus Infection"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2014

Current: Internal Medicine Resident: Emory University School of Medicine - Alanta, GA

Romulo Albuquerque, MD, PhD

MS: Orofacial Pain Center, University of Kentucky - 2004

Physiology/Ophthalmology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2009

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2: an endogenous inhibitor of lymphangiogenesis"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Ophthalmology Residency: University of Kentucky Hospital - 2015

Current: Assistant Professor: Department of Ophthalmology – University of Kentucky

J Ambati
Lucas Scott Broster

BA Yale University, 2009

Dr. Yang Jiang
Dustin Brown
James Butler, MD, PhD

Microbiology & Immunology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2009

Project Title: "Mechanisms governing the zonal activity of alpha-fetoprotein enhancer EIII" Mentor: BT Spear

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Psychiatry Residency: UT Southwestern

TC Vanaman
Gregory E Cooper, MD, PhD

Biology/Chemistry BA: Hanover College

Microbiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 1992

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 1994

Internal Medicine Internship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Neurology Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive

Neuroscience Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Current: Baptist Neurology Center-Lexington, Kentucky

MS Turker
Willie Craft Jr., MD, PhD

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2009

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Investigation of the proteolytic processing of the hendra virus fusion protein"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Internal Medicine Residency: Hahnemann University, Pennsylvania Hospital, Pennsylvania

Current: Upper Valley Medical Center Hospitalist - Troy, Ohio

RE Dutch
Brian K Day, MD, PhD

Anatomy & Neurobiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2005

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Microelectrode array studies of normal and disease-altered L-glutamate regulation in the mammalian central nervous system"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2007

Neurology Residency: Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Current: Attending Adult Epiletologist: Washington University in St. Louis, MO

GA Gerhardt
Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2001

Thesis Dissertation Project Title: "Estradiol Protects the Brain Against Stroke Injury: Potential Mechanisms of Action"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2003

Internship: University of California, San Francisco

Neurology Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship: Clinical: Memory and Aging Center, University of California, San Francisco (Bruce Miller, MD); Postdoctoral: Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (Lennart Mucke, MD)

Current: Staff Scientist, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease; Assistant Professor, Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

PM Wise
Benjamin J Fowler

BA Middlebury College, 2009
PhD University of Kentucky, 2014

Keystone Symposia (Mechanisms of Pro-Inflammatory Diseases) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship, April 19-24, 2015 Olympic Valley, CA

3rd International Biennial Symposium on AMD Travel Award, October 24-25, 2014, Boston, MA

AUPO/RPB Resident Research Forum Award, January 31, 2014

Links about research:

http://fortune.com/2014/11/22/how-hiv-drugs-may-be-able-to-treat-blindness/

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/hivaids-drugs-could-be-repurposed-treat-age...

http://wuky.org/post/hiv-drugs-show-promise-treating-common-eye-disease

Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati
Zachary Fulkerson

BA/BS: University of Kentucky

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

MD:  University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Medical Student Research Award

Internal Medicine Resident: Indiana University School of Medicine

Current: Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine - Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN)

SS Smyth, MD, PhD
Karrie Grear, MD, PhD

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2008

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Uncoupling protein-2 splicing efficiency and human disease"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2010

Neurology Residency: Wake Forest University

Current: Neurology, NHRMC Physician Group, Wilmington, NC

GS Estus
Gregory N Barnes, MD, PhD

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 1990

Phd Dissertation Project Title:

"The role of Ca+2 dependent protein kinases and protein phosphatase 2A in the kindling model of epilepsy" Mentor: TC Vanaman

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 1992

Pediatrics Residency: Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital; Child Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy, Children's Hospital of Boston/Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency Program

Fellowship: Epilepsy, Duke University

Past: Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Associate Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring , Vanderbilt University

Current: Director of The University of Louisville Autism Center, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Louisville https://louisville.edu/medicine/departments/neurology/faculty/barnes

Christina S Hines, MD, PhD

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2003

PhD Disseration Project Title

"X-ray crystallographic and functional studies on the neuropeptidase neurolysin"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2005

Psychiatry Residency: Johns Hopkins University

 

DW Rodgers
Joshua L Hood, MD, PhD

Microbiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2004

PhD Dissertation Title

"The association of calpain and its regulatory proteins with the endoplasmic reticulum and golgi apparatus"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2004

Clinical Pathology (Laboratory Medicine) Residency: Washington University, St. Louis

Nanomedicine Fellowship, Postdoctoral: Washington University, St. Louis Faculty: Consortium for Translational Research in Advanced Imaging and Nanomedicine, Washington University, St. Louis - 2009-2014 

Current: Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Louisville; Associate Scientist James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville - 2015 to Present

TL Roszman
Michelle Stephens Humeidan, MD, PhD

Anatomy & Neurobiology  PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine -2009

PhD Disseration Project Title:

"Glutamate regulation in the hippocampal trisynaptic pathway in aging and status epilepticus"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Anesthesiology  Residency:  The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - 2011 to 2015; Chief Resident - 2015/ Neuroanestheiology Fellow

Current:  Assistant Professor - Practice, Anesthesiology: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - Columbus, OH

GA Gerhardt
Carmen Kiper, MD, PhD

Mathematics BA: Asbury College

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"Strain-specific Cardiomyocyte Composition Regulates Cardiac Growth Potential." Mentor: Johnathan Satin

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2013

Pediatrics Residency: University of Louisville, Kosair Childrens Hospital - 2016

Current: Pediatric Cardiology Fellow: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

J Satin, PhD
Caitlin Latimer, MD. PhD

Neuroscience BS: Vanderbilt University

Pharmacology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2013

Oustanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award presented by Dr. Sara Salles.

Anatomic Pathology Residency: University of Washington Affiliated Hospital - Seattle, WA

Pathology Physician Award

Current: Neuropathology Fellow: University of Washington - Seattle, WA

NM Porter, PhD
Mellani Lefta

Biochemistry BS: Eastern Kentucky University

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2012

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2014

Current: Pediatrics Residency: Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters - Norfolk, VA

Erin L Manning, MD, PhD

Physiology  PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine -2002

PhD Disseration Project Title:

"Regulation of telomere length in murine hematopoietic cells"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2006

Anesthesiology Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2010

Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -2012

Current: Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology/Anesthesiology-Regional Division: Duke University - Durham, NC

https://scholars.duke.edu/display/per3156092

 

GE Van Zant
Michael W Manning, MD, PhD

Physiology PhDUniversity of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2002

PhD Disseration Project Title:

"Differential effects of doxycycline, a broad spectrum inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2006

Surgery Internship: University of Kentucky

Anesthesiology Residency: University of Kentucky

Current: Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology: Duke University - Durham, NC

http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/?portfolio=michael-manning-md-phd-2013

A Daugherty
Melisa W Mullins, MD, PhD

Microbiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine -1997

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 1999

Residency: William Beaumont Hospital

Fellowship: University of Michigan / Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Michigan State University

Current: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Mercy Childrens Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

Snow
Xuan Nguyen, MD, PhD

Chemical Engineering BS: Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

Anatomy & Neurobiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2007

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"Aging and the dynorphinergic system: evaluation of memory and motor systems in prodynorphin knockout mice"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2006

Internal Medicine Internship: The University Hospital, University of Cincinnati - 2007

Radiology Residency: Chief Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Neuroradiology Fellowship: Duke University - Durham, NC - 2012

Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology: Neuroradiology: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

http://radiology.osu.edu/21371.cfm

G Bing
Mathew A Nicholls, MD, PhD

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine- 1997

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"MR studies of the acute response of the rhesus CNS to the neurotoxin MPTP"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine  - 1999

Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Current: Orthopedic Surgery: Baptist Hospital - Lexington KY; Kentucky Orthopaedic & Hand Surgeons

TC Vanaman
Shane W Rau, MD, PhD

Physiology and Biophysics PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2003

PhD Disseration Project Title:

"Mechanisms of estradiol-mediated protection against stroke-like injury"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2004

Psychiatry Internship: University of Virginia Health System

Psychiatry Residency: University of Virginia Health System 

Faculty Position:  Assistant Professor (2008 – 14): UNC – Chapel Hill; Psychiatry

Current: Psychiatrist, Acute Unit; The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place, Williamsburg, VA

PM Wise
Nirmal Ravi, MD, PhD

Biomedical Engineering PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2009

PhD Dissertation Project Title

"Regeneration of damaged growth plate using IGF_I plasmid releasing porous PLGA scaffolds"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

Family Medicine Residency: Providence Hospital, Georgetown, Washington D.C.

DA Puleo
Janelle Reed, MD, PhD

Anatomy & Neurobiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2005

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"Alterations in proteasome subunit expression and influences on the inflammatory response"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2009

Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Current: Emergency Department Physician Liaison at Parkland Memorial Hosptial, Dallas, TX

AJ Bruce-Keller and JN Keller
Abdelghaffar Salous

Biomedical Engineering BS: Marquette University - 2004

HealthcareTechnology Management MS: Marquette University - 2006

Pharmacology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2013

PhD Dissertation Project Title: "Mechanism of rapid elimination of lysophosphatidic acid and related lipids from the circulation of mice"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2014

Current: General Surgery Resident: Sinai Hospital of Balimore - Baltimore, MD

Scott Silva

Biochemistry BS: University of Texas, Austin

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"A Novel Role for VEGF Signialling in Carcinoid Tumors" Mentor: Mark Evers

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2013

The Endocrine Society Award

General Surgery Internship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TN

Radiation Oncology Residency: Loyola University Medical Center, IL

BM Evers, MD
Christopher Simmons

Microbiology BS: Indiana University

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2011

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2013

Pediatric Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Received the Outstanding Scholarship and Humanism in Internal Medicine Award presented by Andrew Hoellein, MD

S Estus, PhD
Dustin B. Stephens

Zoology BS: University of Texas at Austin

Clinical & Translational Science PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2014

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

“Primary and secondary prevention of hepatitis C virus among rural Appalachian people who use drugs”

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2016

Current: Psychiatry Resident: Harbor UCLA - Los Angeles, California

Jennifer R. Havens PhD MPH; Jose de Leon MD
Natalie Wallis, MD, PhD

Pharmacology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2010

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2012

Pediatrics Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

MW Kilgore
Mark A Wurth, MD, PhD

Biochemistry PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2006

PhD Disseration Project Title:

"Role of actin dynamics in paramyxovirus F mediated membrane fusion events"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2008

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Chief Resident, Pediatrics - 2013

Current: Allergy, Immunology, & Pediatric Pulmonary Fellow, Vanderbilt University - Expected Completion: 2018

 

 

RE Dutch
Jeff Yates, MD, PhD

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2006

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"The genetic regulation of the response of hematopoietic stem/ progenitor cells to the cytostatic agent hydroxyurea"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2010

Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Residency: Indiana University - 2014

Current: Hospitalist Lexington Clinic, Lexington KY

G Van Zant
Kristine S Ziemba, MD, PhD

Zoology BS: Arizona State University

Zoology MS: Arizona State University

Physiology PhD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2007

PhD Dissertation Project Title:

"Targeting axon growth from neurons transplanted into the central nervous system"

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine - 2008

Neurology Residency: Mayo Clinic, Arizona - 2012

Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Arizona - 2013

Epilepsy Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Arizona - 2014

Current: Florida Center for Neurology - St. Petersburg, FL

GM Smith