Speakers

Edwin Avallone, Paula Bailey, Andrew Bernard, W. Graham Carlos, Said Chaaban, Romil Chadha, Jagriti Chadha, Teela Crecelius, Margaret Disselkamp, Prerna Dogra, Adam Gray, Vedant Gupta, Rebecca Helfrich, Andrew Higdon, Sean Lockwood, David Moliterno, Devin Oller, Chirag Patel, James Pile, John Romond, Susan Smyth, Joseph Sweigart, Sarah Vick

Edwin Avallone, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Avallone received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Kentucky and served as Chief Resident. He joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2016 as an Academic Hospitalist. Dr. Avallone’s interests lie in medical education for clinical-year medical students, residents as well as high-fidelity clinical simulation and team dynamics. He and his wife are passionate rock climbers and luckily the world-renowned Red River Gorge is a stone’s throw away.

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Paula Bailey, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
Chief Patient Experience Officer, UK Healthcare
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

My name is Paula Bailey; I received my medical degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington. I am board certified by the American Board of Internal and American Board of Pediatrics.

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Andrew Bernard, MD, FASC

Professor of Surgery
Paul A. Kearney, MD, Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery
Trauma Medical Director
Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS is a Frankfort native. He was educated entirely at UK-undergraduate, medical school, student fellowship in pathology, general surgery residency, research fellowship and trauma fellowship. He currently serves as the Trauma Medical Director for UK Healthcare and Section Chief for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He's President of the Medical Staff. He chairs the ICU Committee and Organ Donation and Transplantation Action Council and Co-Chairs the Transfusion Safety Committee. He's President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the nation's largest organization of trauma providers. His favorite activities are taking care of patients, teaching and mentoring-faculty, fellows, residents and students. His motto, for patients and providers, is 'Better every day'.

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W. Graham Carlos, MD, MSCR

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. W. Graham Carlos is a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame and a 2005 graduate of IUSM. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis where he served as Chief Resident. Following his residency Dr. Carlos completed a 3 year fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at IUSM and concomitantly earned a master’s degree in clinical research from IUPUI. He began his faculty tenure in 2011 and was thereafter appointed Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care for Eskenazi Health. In 2017, he was honored with the St. Margaret Hospital Guild "Achievement in Medicine" Award for his work in reducing harm from hospital acquired infections, this lead to his recent appointment as Chief of Medicine for Eskenazi Health. In this role he fills the Joseph J. Mamlin chair of medicine. Dr. Mamlin, known for his medical work in Kenya, shares this passion for international healthcare with Dr. Carlos who has been to Nairobi on three medical mission trips.

Widely recognized for his outstanding teaching and clinical care, Dr. Carlos is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course and IUSM Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year. He was also awarded the IU School of Medicine Golden Apple Award for most outstanding professor by the graduating classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has served as MS4 sub-internship clerkship director and assistant dean for the phase 3 clinical curriculum. Annually, he travels to all nine IUSM campuses in his efforts to livestream "Pulmonary Grand Rounds" - a case based discussion series designed to integrate all phases of the curriculum for the MS2 UDOS Pulmonary course.

In addition to his efforts locally, Dr. Carlos is very engaged with the American Thoracic Society. He serves on multiple committees and has authored several publications ranging from bedside teaching to pulmonary fibrosis.

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Said Chaaban, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

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Romil Chadha, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Romil Chadha, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM graduated from University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi before finishing his Masters in Public Health from UT Houston. He completed his residency from Westlake Hospital, Chicago. He has been working as a hospitalist at University of Kentucky Healthcare since then. He is Assistant Division Chief, Operations for the Division of Hospital Medicine, serves as medical director for Telemetry and Observation-Unit and is physician champion for Schwartz Center Rounds at Chandler Hospital. He is enthusiastic about medical student and resident teaching. His interests are in observation care, recruitment, oncology co-management, telemetry, information technology, and practice management. He likes to work on operational aspects of the system and is passionate about improving the same.

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Jagriti Chadha, MD, MPH, FHM, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Jagriti Chadha, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM graduated from University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi India. She completed her Master’s in Public Health from University of Texas, Houston and did her residency from Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. She is an alumni of Academic Hospitalist Academy and enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She does half of her teaching clinical service on perioperative and hospital medicine consult service. She is an active preceptor in small group programs for college of medicine. She is also a pluripotent mentor and chair of orientation committee for the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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Teela Crecelius, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Teela Crecelius, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, where she also completed her internal medicine residency and was awarded the Walter J. Daly award for the most outstanding resident. Dr. Crecelius currently works as an academic hospitalist at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and as the faculty advisor for the Hospital Medicine Interest Group for the residency program.

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Margaret Disselkamp, MD

Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

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Prerna Dogra, MD, FACP

Assistant Professer of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Prerna Dogra, MD, FACP received her medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India. She completed her internal medicine residency training from Jersey City Medical Center, NJ. Since completion of her residency training, she has been working as an academic hospitalist at University of Kentucky. Her interests include clinical education, complex decision making and high value care.

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Adam Gray, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Internal Medicine Acting Internship Course Director
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Adam Gray, MD attended medical school at Ross University. He completed his internal medicine residency and a chief resident year at the University of Kentucky. He stayed on as faculty and is a hospitalist at both the University of Kentucky and the VA. In addition to patient care he enjoys teaching. He's the director for the internal medicine and acting internship clerkship and leads the internal medicine resident board review.

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Vedant Gupta, MD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Gupta earned an MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, serving as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in Internal Medicine Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Imaging at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease.

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Rebecca Helfrich, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Rebecca Helfrich is an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is an academic hospitalist and co-director of the Hospital Perioperative Medicine and Consult Service. She earned her medical degree and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. During her residency, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Helfrich started her career in academic medicine at Loyola University Medical Center where she was involved in curriculum development for the Perioperative Medicine Resident Elective for Internal Medicine residents. She was also active in teaching medical students.

Since transitioning to the University of Kentucky, Dr. Helfrich helped develop the Hospital Perioperative Medicine and Consult Service, including the development of a core curriculum on perioperative medicine for Internal Medicine residents. She continues to be involved in medical student education through leading small group sessions. She has worked with the departments of anesthesiology and cardiology to develop a preoperative transthoracic echo protocol to be used on hospitalized patients.

Dr. Helfrich has completed the TEACH Certificate Program through the Society of General Internal Medicine and continues to be active in this program. She enjoys teaching the art of medicine to residents and students.

Dr. Helfrich lives in Lexington, KY with her husband and almost two-year-old daughter. In addition to medicine, she enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible, ballroom dancing, and visiting the national parks.

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Andrew Higdon, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Andrew J. Higdon, MD hails from Owensboro KY and received his undergraduate degree from Transylvania University and medical degree at University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky and served as the VA Chief Resident of Quality and Patient Safety. He went on join the Division of Hospital Medicine as an academic hospitalist where his interests include student and resident education along with information technology.

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Sean Lockwood, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Lexington VA Medical Center &
University of Kentucky
VA Site Director, UK IMRP
Chief, Hospitalist Section, Lexington VA
Medical Center
Lexington, Kentucky

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David Moliterno, MD, FACC

Jack M. Gill Chair and Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

David J. Moliterno, MD, FACP, FACC is the Jack M. Gill Chair and Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan, his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and his Internal Medicine training from Vanderbilt University. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, and he completed an additional interventional cardiology fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he remained as an attending cardiologist for 10 years before joining the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Moliterno has been a visiting professor or invited lecturer in more than 30 countries. He is the author or coauthor of over 350 publications and editor of 7 textbooks. He has been the primary author of publications in Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, JACC, JAMA, Lancet, BMJ, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He was recently selected to be the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology—Cardiovascular Interventions. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Moliterno has been a leader in numerous multinational investigational studies. Collectively, these studies have involved over $1 billion in clinical trial research. His primary research interests involve acute coronary syndromes, antithrombotic therapies, and interventional cardiology.

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Devin Oller, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Staff Physician
UK Addiction Consultation and Education Services (ACES) and Primary Care, Internal Medicine Group
UK First Bridge Clinic
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Oller earned an MD from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed Internal Medicine residencies at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, and at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining UK, Dr. Oller served as the inaugural fellow in Rural Health Leadership and as Ambulatory Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He has presented at national conferences on substance use disorder education and the integration of peer support specialists into addiction care.

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Chirag Patel, DO, SFHM, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director for Patient and Provider Engagement
Chief Hospitalist - Sound Physicians
UF Health Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida

Dr Patel recently joined faculty at the University of Florida Shands Jacksonville. He serves as the Chief Hospitalist and helps to oversee Patient and Provider engagement for the UF Jax enterprise. He also Chair’s the Utilization Review committee and is a member of the Medical Executive committee. He has a keen interest in operations, quality improvement, patient experience and emotional intelligence.

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James Pile, MD, FACP, SFHM

Division of Hospital Medicine
Senior Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
MetroHealth Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University
Associate Professor of Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

James Pile, MD, FACP, SFHM currently practices as a hospitalist at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University, where he also serves as program director of the internal medicine residency and is an associate professor of medicine at the CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Pile received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and completed internal medicine residency training at the University Hospitals of Cleveland Campus of Case Western Reserve University. Following a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Naval Medical Center, he practiced as an infectious diseases specialist in the Navy prior to migrating to the brave new world of hospital medicine in the early days of the specialty. He is former editor-in-chief of the The Hospitalist, and former deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine as well as the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Particular interests include the interface between hospital medicine and infectious diseases, medical education, and perioperative medicine. He is a native Clevelander, and still believes that the Indians will win a World Series within his lifetime.

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John Romond, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hospitalist
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Romond earned an MD from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine in Lexington. He completed residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

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Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, FACC

Jack Gill Professor, Cardiology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical Director, Gill Heart & Vascular Institute
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Smyth is a physician scientist who combines clinical practice in cardiology with NIH-, VA-, and industry-funded research focused on the interplay between inflammation and thrombosis in vascular biology. Her research seeks to define the contribution of extracellular mediators and blood and vascular cell-surface signaling receptors to test the pathways in clinical studies in humans. Her work has resulted in novel mechanistic insight into thromboinflammatory pathways and the generation of unique reagents, preclinical models, technology, and new therapeutic strategies for vascular diseases. Recent studies investigate pathways for production, metabolism, and biologic effects of lysophospholipid mediators in cardiovascular health and disease.

Her clinical interests are in arterial and venous thrombosis, and she leads an enterprise-wide effort in thrombosis prevention and management. She has authored more than 150 publications and contributed to over a dozen textbooks.

Smyth earned an AB in Biology, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and graduated from the MD/PhD Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing training in Internal Medicine, she performed cardiology subspecialty fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, and at the University of North Carolina.

She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, on the council for the Association of University Cardiologists, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a fellow of the American Heart Association, and listed on Best Doctors® in America. In 2008, she received the Stewart-Niewiarowski Award in Vascular Biology and was the 2013 recipient of the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award from the American Heart Association. She serves on the Board of Governors for the American College of Cardiology and on the steering committee for the National Center for Advancing Translational Science.

She also has a part-time appointment as a cardiologist and funded investigator at the Lexington VA Medical Center.

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Joseph Sweigart, MD, FHM, FACP

Associate Program Director, Internal
Medicine Residency
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Joseph R. Sweigart, MD, FACP is a hospitalist at the University of Kentucky and Lexington VA Medical Center. Dr. Sweigart studied political science at the University of Notre Dame, then graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado. He is now the Director of the Hospital Medicine Track at the University of Kentucky, and serves as an Associate Program Director for the UK Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is actively involved in the Society of Hospital Medicine, including work with the national Education Committee and as Vice President for the Kentucky Chapter of SHM.

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Sarah Vick, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

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