Speakers

Susan Amelang, Edwin Avallone, Shanna Babalonis, Andrew Bernard, Rebecca Cheatham, Gena Cooper, Charles Dietrich, Key Douthitt, Keisa Fallin-Bennett, Tina Fawns, Lucy Franklin, Ginny Gottschalk, Vedant Gupta, Rebecca Helfrich, Mark Hoffman, Cecil Hollen, Connie Jennings, Kimberly Kaiser, Nayef Kazzaz, James Keck, Brian Kingston, Lauren Kormelink, Archana Kudrimoti, Nicole Leedy, Robert Lightfoot, Sarah Marks, David Moliterno, Devin Oller, Dwan Perry, Frank Romanelli, Rachel Saunders, Takako Schaninger, Shawn Sorrell, Rosemary Sousa, Joseph Sweigart, Donald Teater, Neena Thomas-Eapen, Alice Thornton, Rudy Tovar, Shannon Voogt, Jonathan Webb

Susan Amelang, PA

Advanced Practice Provider
Department of Pediatrics, High BMI Clinic
Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Susan Amelang is a board certified physician assistant residing in Lexington, KY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky where she worked in orthopedic research at the UK sports medicine clinic and in the BioMotion Lab during her undergraduate years and post-graduation. After completing her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Kentucky, she began her career in family medicine. Currently, she serves as the physician assistant in the UK Pediatric High BMI Clinic where she educates patients and shares her passion for a healthy lifestyle. For the past year, she has also enjoyed working in Urgent Care on the weekends. This upcoming December, she will complete her certificate in Clinical Healthcare Management awarded from UK.

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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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Shanna Babalonis, PhD

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

Dr. Shanna Babalonis is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Dept. of Behavioral Science and the Center on Drug & Alcohol Research at UK. Her research focuses on the behavioral pharmacology of opioids and cannabinoids. Dr. Babalonis is currently the PI on two NIH grants focused on smoked cannabis in humans – one study explores the effects of various cannabis strains on simulated driving performance, and one grant examines the interaction effects of cannabis and opioids on safety, physiological and abuse-related outcomes. Dr. Babalonis has written and presented a report on cannabidiol (CBD) for the World Health Organization Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also appointed to serve as a member of the Council on Government Relations Cannabis and Hemp Research Working Group and is an active member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

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Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS

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 past 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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Rebecca Cheatham, MHA

Quality Improvement Advisor
Kentucky Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Rebecca Cheatham, MHA is a Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology Advisor for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (REC). Rebecca’s work includes subject matter expertise on CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP), EHR technical guidance, and process improvement to support operational and workflow efficiency. Rebecca also supports two federally-funded grants, both focused on practice improvement and transformation. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky. Rebecca also holds a Graduate Certification in Improving Healthcare Value and additional certifications in quality improvement initiatives such as LEAN Process Improvement.

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Gena Cooper, MD

Assistant Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Gena Cooper is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Department at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Cooper grew up in Wisconsin and completed her medical training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics pediatrics residency program. Dr. Cooper completed her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Minnesota. In her free time, Dr. Cooper enjoys spending time with her three boys visiting every park in Lexington!

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Charles Dietrich, MD

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Dietrich is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Dietrich is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the subspecialty of Gynecologic Oncology. He joined the University of Kentucky’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Colonel. Dr. Dietrich’s interests include novel treatments for gynecologic malignancies, robotic surgery, and humanitarian missions. He is active in the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and is a board-examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Key Douthitt, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Doctor Key Douthitt is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky, East Kentucky Family Medicine residency program and practiced in Jackson, Kentucky for 7 years before returning to the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine as an assistant professor in 2016. He currently serves as medical director of the University of Kentucky North Fork Valley Community Health Center in Hazard, Kentucky where he created and serves as the primary clinician of a multi-disciplinary diabetes clinic. He has presented locally and internationally for his work in the care of underserved populations and in his work with resident diabetes education.

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Keisa Fallin-Bennett, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Fallin-Bennett is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She earned an MD and Masters in Public Health at the University of Kentucky, completed residency in Lawrence Massachusetts, and a faculty development and policy fellowship at Georgetown University. Dr. Fallin-Bennett is the director of the Transform Health initiative and its LGBTQ* clinic at UK. Her special interests are LGBTQ* health, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders, medical student and resident education, and interprofessional teamwork.

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Tina Fawns, MD

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

Dr. Tina Fawns received her Medical Degree from the University of Louisville. She completed her Family Medicine residency training at the University of Kentucky, Baptist Regional Medical Center, through the Rural Training Track. She worked at the Lexington Clinic of Richmond, KY, and the Morehead Clinic prior to joining the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2016. Dr. Fawns is currently an Assistant Professor and active in academic medicine.

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Lucy Franklin, MD

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

Dr. Lucy Eakle Franklin was born and raised in Lexington. Dr. Franklin received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, followed by her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She trained in ophthalmology at UK and then spent four years working as a comprehensive ophthalmologist in Louisville.

Dr. Franklin is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been inducted into both the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

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Ginny Gottschalk, MD

Assistant Professor
M3 Family Medicine Clerkship Director
Turfland Medical Director
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Ginny Lee Gottschalk, M.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She was previously in private practice in Danville, KY, practicing traditional inpatient and outpatient family medicine before returning to UK Healthcare. Dr. Gottschalk enjoys teaching medical students and residents and this is brought her to the University. She currently serves as our third year Family Medicine clerkship director. Dr. Gottschalk is the medical director for Family and Community Medicine Turfland Clinic. She enjoys chronic disease management and caring for families.

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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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Mark Hoffman, MD

Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Mark R. Hoffman, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Gynecologic Subspecialties Division of the University of Kentucky Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed a two-year AAGL fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and chronic pelvic pain at the University of Michigan after residency in OB/Gyn at the University of Chicago. He is currently the 3rd year Clerkship Director for OB/Gyn at the UK College of Medicine.

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Cecil Hollen, DO

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Cecil T. Hollen, DO practices Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Lexington, KY. Dr. Hollen graduated from University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He completed a residency at University of Kentucky Medical Center. He currently practices at University of Kentucky Medical Center and is affiliated with UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Connie Jennings, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Jennings earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. She completed a Primary Care Tract residency at the UK Chandler Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Jennings' patient focus is Internal Medicine and Acupuncture in the Internal Medicine Group at UK HealthCare.

Dr. Jennings is a well-known speaker, locally and nationally, on Chinese Studies in Acupuncture.

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Kimberly Kaiser, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Team Physician, University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Kimberly Kaiser is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She completed residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri and fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is team physician for University of Kentucky Athletics and Medical Director for Eastern Kentucky University Athletics.

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Nayef Kazzaz, MD

Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Kazzaz received his Medical Degree from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Case Western Reserve Case Medical Center. He completed his Rheumatology fellowship at University of Michigan. He joined the Division of Rheumatology in March 2019 as an assistant professor in Rheumatology. He dedicates his time to teach residents and fellows. His clinical and research interests are lupus atherosclerosis and fibromyalgia. He enjoys traveling particularly visiting museums. He is interested in reading about philosophy.

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James Keck, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. James Keck provides full spectrum primary care with an emphasis on health promotion. He enjoys caring for families and patients of all ages and has a particular interest in the health of children, adolescents, and older adults.

Keck grew up in Minnesota and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota where he completed an internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He trained in family medicine at the Tufts-affiliated Carney Hospital program in Boston. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine residency program. He received advanced training in epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC in Alaska. He has substantial international experience, having worked for two years in Malawi with Partners In Health and as a WHO consultant in Ecuador.

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Brian Kingston, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Kingston, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor, joined the department in 2019. Prior to joining the department, he was a Medical Office Chief with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, and was in a rural practice in Texas.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine. Dr. Kingston completed a residency at Texas Tech in Amarillo and later served as the Residency Director of that program. He also completed a faculty development fellowship at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Clinically, Dr. Kingston enjoys getting to know his patients, teaching students and residents, and practicing a wide range of outpatient medicine for patients of all ages.

Personally, Dr. Kingston is married to Sharai, and has two daughters, one of whom is at the University of Kentucky. He enjoys doing numerous outdoor activities, especially landscape photography.

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Lauren Kormelink, PharmD, BCACP

Instructor, Pulmonary Module-Therapeutics
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Pharmacist
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Kormelink earned a PharmD from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She completed General Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy residencies at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, spending time in several specialized and primary care clinics as well as teaching at Butler University College of Pharmacy.

Currently, Dr. Kormelink spends most of her time with Cystic Fibrosis patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Professional interests include Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, Diabetes, transition of care and improvement in patient education, and access to therapies.

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Archana Kudrimoti, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Archana M. Kudrimoti received her medical degree from Osmania Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India. She then completed a geriatric fellowship in the department of family and geriatric medicine at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine.

Kudrimoti is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in Geriatrics.

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Nicole Leedy, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Internal Medicine
Associate Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Leedy completed her medical training at the Loan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Kentucky.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

She currently is an investigator/co-investigator for her institution’s Ryan White Program, a member of the GERM Medical Student Program Committee for the IDSA/HIVMA, as well as a lecturer for the KY AIDS Education and Training Center.

Her clinical interests include HIV and STDs with a special interest in adolescent populations.

She was named to the Best Doctors in America in 2018.

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Robert Lightfoot, MD

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

Dr. Lightfoot is a practicing Rheumatologist in Lexington, KY. He completed a residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 58 years. Currently Dr. Lightfoot practices at University of Kentucky Medical Center and is affiliated with UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Lightfoot is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Sarah Marks, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

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David Moliterno, MD, FACP, FACC

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

Dr. Moliterno earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan, an MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and completed Internal Medicine training at Vanderbilt University. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and an 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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Dwan Perry, DO

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Dwan R. Perry received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also holds a subspecialty certification in sports medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Perry’s clinical interests include nonsurgical orthopaedics such as sports injuries, overuse injuries, arthritis and other musculoskeletal complaints. Other interests include sports concussion, mild traumatic brain injury, electrodiagnostic medicine, regenerative medicine and ultrasound guided injections procedures.

Dr. Perry has previous work experience providing medical support for the New Orleans Saints training camp, the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic, the World Kickboxing Association’s US Team Trials and UFC Fight Night. He has also served as team physician for the Virginia Tech Hokies and Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters.

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Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, BCPS, AAHIVP

Paul F. Parker Endowed Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Associate Dean, Educational Advancement
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Associate Professor
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Romanelli, originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, earned both a BS and a PharmD degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He completed both a Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he earned an MPH from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Romanelli has received several commendations by various groups for outstanding teaching. In 2003, he was selected by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as a ‘Great Teacher’, this is the oldest continuous award presented by UK. In 2004, he received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award and in 2008 the UK Provosts Award for Outstanding teaching by a Tenured Faculty member. Dr. Romanelli has also been recognized as an Outstanding Professor of the Year by both the UK College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences. From student nominations, Dr. Romanelli has been recognized by the UK College of Education as a “Teacher Who Made a Difference.” In 2012, he was inducted as an honorary member of Pi Alpha, the National Physician Assistant Academic Honor Society and in 2013 he was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society for Public Health.

Dr. Romanelli is board certified in pharmacotherapy and recognized by the American Association of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Romanelli currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Additionally, he is the section editor for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

He maintains an active practice in the area of HIV/AIDS and his research interests include pharmacy education and pedagogy.

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Rachel Saunders, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Rachel Saunders, MD is currently a ABOG Board Certified practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist at the University of Kentucky. She attended Berea College for undergrad and the University of Kentucky for her medical degree. She completed her residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Kentucky. When not practicing medicine, she also enjoys running and riding horses.

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Takako Schaninger, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hospital Epidemiologist
VAMC
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Schaninger earned an MD from Ryukyu Daigaku Igakubu in Japan. She completed residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and received HIV certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM).

Clinical interests include Hepatitis C, HIV, and Infectious Diseases.

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Shawn Sorrell, MD

Associate Professor, Adolescent Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Sorrell earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She currently assists with teaching fourth year medical students, medicine/pediatric residents, and pediatric residents during their adolescent rotation.

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Rosemary Sousa, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Sousa, MD is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed a residency at University of Kentucky 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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Donald Teater, MD

Medical Advisor
National Safety Council
Medical Provider
Mountain Area Recovery Center
Ashville, North Carolina
Medical Provider
Meridian Behavioral Health Services
Waynesville, North Carolina

Dr. Don Teater, MD, is a board certified Family Practitioner from Western North Carolina. He has been working with individuals and his community to prevent and treat opioid dependence since becoming certified to prescribe buprenorphine in 2004.

Dr. Teater has been working for the National Safety Council as their Medical Advisor for the past two years. He works primarily on their effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, addiction, and overdose nationwide. Dr. Teater also continues to work two days per week at Meridian Behavioral Health Services and Mountain Area Recovery Center in western North Carolina, where he provides addiction treatment and primary care to severely mentally ill patients.

Dr. Teater is currently a student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina where he is working on his master’s in public health.

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Neena Thomas-Eapen, MD

Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Neena Thomas-Eapen, MD, FAAFP, graduated from Medical College, Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India. She was born and brought up in the southern state of Kerala, India. She was board certified in Family Medicine after finishing residency at the University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine in Minot.

After four years of hospital employed private practice in Minot, Thomas-Eapen was Associate Director of the same residency program for seven years. She finished a two year residential fellowship in Integrative Medicine, training under Andrew Weil, MD at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Thomas-Eapen's practice includes all aspects of family medicine, integrative primary care and integrative medicine consultations, in addition to various in-office skin, nail and gynecological procedures and mind-body approaches for health and healing. Her other special interests include teaching, mentoring, botanicals, alternate and complementary therapies, guided imagery, clinical hypnosis, and spirituality in medicine. She takes care of babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, seniors, palliative care and hospice patients. She is board certified in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine under American Board of Physician Specialties.

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Alice Thornton, MD

Professor, Medicine, Infectious Diseases
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chief, Infectious Disease
Project Director, Ryan White Part B, C, and D
Chair, KY AETC
UK HealthCare
Medical Director, Blue Grass Care Clinic
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Thornton earned an MD at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Internal Medicine. She then completed fellowship training with the Division of Infectious Disease at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where she studied the pathogenesis of chancroid. She was recruited to assist in the development of an Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Kentucky in 1998.

Dr. Thornton has successfully acquired four HRSA funded grants – Ryan White Part B, C and D and the Local Performance Site grant of the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center. She serves as Medical Director of the Blue Grass Care Clinic. She is PI of the NIH-funded Reprieve Study – Randomized Clinical Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV.

Dr. Thornton is a clinical site visitor for HRSA and also serves as a grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She serves on the HIVMA Board of Directors.

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Rudy Tovar, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

My name is Rudy Tovar; I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. I am board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and by the American Board of Urology in Female Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.

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Shannon Voogt, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

My name is Shannon Joy Voogt; I received my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing and my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. My clinical interests include global health, family centered maternity care, women's health, and geriatrics. I am board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Jonathan Webb, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Division of Nephrology, Bone and Mineral Metabolism
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Webb earned his MD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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