Jennifer deSante-Bertkau, D Micah Hester, Van Ingram, Jessica McFarlin, William Melahn, Komal Pandya, Lindsay Ragsdale, Lynnette RauvolaBouta, Rebecca Yarrison, Samantha Zwiebel

Jennifer deSante-Bertkau, MD, MBE, FAAP

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Ethics Center
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. deSante-Bertkau focuses on the care of chronically ill children, particularly children with multiple medical diagnoses. She has been studying bioethics since high school and her research has spanned beginning of life issues, organ transplantation procurement, embryonic stem cell research policy, and vaccine ethics. She did her undergraduate work at Princeton University, where she majored in molecular biology. Her senior thesis was entitled "Catholic Views on the Human Embryo and Their Impact on the Embryonic Stem Cell Debate."

Upon graduating from Princeton University, Jennifer enrolled in University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She graduated with a combined Doctorate of Medicine and Master of Bioethics degree. She completed a pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and continued to work as a general pediatrics attending on their Hospital Physician Team until 2015. In her work as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics from 2013-2015. she focused on issues related to children with special healthcare needs and the ethical challenges their caregivers face. She has written a descriptive and normative account of the parent-child relationship in families with young adults with special needs.

She is currently working on a systematic review of clinical ethics typologies and a palliative care and medical ethics curriculum for pediatric residents. She plans to focus her career on her dual interests in clinical pediatric care and clinical ethics.

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D Micah Hester, PhD, MA

Chair, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Professor, Medical Humanities and Pediatrics
Clinical Ethicist
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Hester earned a BA in Philosophy from Pomona College in Claremont, California and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Hester serves as co-course director of the medical students’ Practice of Medicine course, the physician assistant students’ ethics course, as well as the ethics in genetic counseling course. Along, with other Department faculty, he provides clinical ethics consultations at both UAMS and ACH and helps serve the research ethics consult service for the UAMS Translational Research Institute.

He also serves on numerous committees both locally and nationally, and produces scholarly research in bioethical/philosophical areas.
Dr. Hester has published nine books and numerous journal articles. He has written extensively on the ethics of patient-professional relationships (Community As Healing [Rowman & Littlefield, 2001]) and end-of-life issues (End-of-life Care and Pragmatic Decision Making [Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010]). As an editor and chapter author, he also has concentrated on the education of ethics committee membership in two books: Guidance for Ethics Committees (Cambridge University Press 2012) and Ethics By Committee (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Trained in philosophy with a focus on American pragmatism, Dr. Hester has volumes on the work of William James (On James [Wadsworth, 2004], co-authored w/Robert Talisse), John Dewey, and William Earnest Hocking. Some of Dr. Hester’s publications can be found in leading bioethics journals, such as the American Journal of Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and the Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He also is regularly invited to give talks on bioethical topics throughout Arkansas, the Mid-South, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Hester coordinates the Pediatric Ethics Consortium which is a national professional initiative to promote pediatric ethics scholarship and education.

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Van Ingram

Executive Director
Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Frankfort, Kentucky

Ingram joined ODCP in November 2004, shortly after it was created with the mission of coordinating Kentucky’s substance abuse efforts in enforcement, treatment and prevention/education.

Ingram served with the Maysville Police Department for more than 23 years, the last six as its chief. He is a former president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and was named “Kentucky Chief of the Year” in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement as well as the Melvin Shein Award for distinguished service to Kentucky law enforcement.

Van is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained officers across the state on a variety of topics, including community oriented policing, case management, and “Kentucky Substance Abuse Issues” for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and command staff. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of substance abuse issues both in Kentucky and nationally.

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Jessica McFarlin, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurology and Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chief, Palliative and Supportive Care
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. McFarlin earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. She completed residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, followed by duel fellowship training in Neurology and Hospice and Palliative Care at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. McFarlin is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology.

Her primary research focus is in communication training of physicians and in the delivery of high quality palliative care in patients in the intensive care setting.

The mission of the Division is to increase patient access to palliative care in the inpatient and outpatient setting and create educational opportunities for primary providers throughout the Bluegrass.

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William Melahn, MD

Chief Medical Officer
St. Claire HealthCare
Morehead, Kentucky

Dr. Melahn earned an MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Melahn is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

He is leading a program in the Morehead area to reduce opioid prescribing and use in the service area.

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Komal Pandya, PharmD, BCCP

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Critical Care Pharmacist, Cardiothoracic Surgery
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Originally from California, Dr. Pandya earned a PharmD from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at the UK Chandler Medical Center.

Dr. Pandya’s current responsibilities include providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients in the cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit. She is also active in precepting pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, multiple types of PGY2 specialty residents, and interdisciplinary students while on rotation with cardiothoracic surgery.

Her practice area is Cardiothoracic Intensive Care and research interests include hemostasis following cardiac surgery, ICU PAD management, and opioid stewardship.

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Lindsay Ragsdale, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care
Director, Pediatric Advanced Care Team
Kentucky Children's Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Ragsdale earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a Pediatrics residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Ragsdale is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

She is a leader on national committees through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her research interests include pain management and provider burnout and self care.

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Lynnette RauvolaBouta, MA, MHA

Chaplain Intern
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Lynnette has served in various Catholic health care and higher education leadership roles for nearly thirty years, most recently as Vice-President, Mission Integration for Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, and Saint Joseph Jessamine, part of KentuckyOne Health. Prior to joining KentuckyOne Health, Lynnette served as Chief Mission Integration Officer for Via Christi Health based in Wichita, Kansas, and Executive Leader of Sponsorship for the Sisters of Saint Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In these roles, she provided leadership for spiritual care, ethics, palliative care, community health outreach/community benefit, clinical pastoral education, workplace spirituality, governance, and corporate responsibility.

Prior to her work in mission integration and sponsorship, Lynnette served as Vice-President, Operations at Saint Joseph Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota, and the Benedictine Health System.

She served as director of campus ministry at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

Lynnette holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a masters in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

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Rebecca Yarrison, PhD

Associate Professor, Bioethics, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing, and Philosophy
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Yarrison graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Philosophy. She earned a PhD in philosophy and a graduate certificate in the study of Women, Gender and Sexuality from Rice University after completing the clinical ethics track, a joint program between Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine.

Before coming to the University of Kentucky, Dr. Yarrison was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine where she co-coordinated the Ethics Program at the Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center and was responsible for aspects of both graduate and undergraduate medical ethics education.

At UK, Dr. Yarrison is a clinical ethics consultant covering all of UK Healthcare and is responsible for ethics-related education at all levels of the institution.

She has given numerous presentations, both nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of ethics-related topics.

Dr. Yarrison is the founding Director of the Kentucky Healthcare Ethics Consortium (KYHEC).

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Samantha Zwiebel, MD, MA

Chief Resident, Psychiatry
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Zwiebel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a BA in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine. She earned an MD and MA in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.

She is the Chief Resident of the University of Kentucky Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and is applying for a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

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