Speakers

Timothy Ainger, Michael Bardo, Jonathan Berger, Anna Christina dela Cruz, Hanine El Haddad, Anthony Fritz, Meera Gupta, Madison Hilgendorf, Susan McDowell, Christopher Reams, TrisAnn Rendulic, Joseph Scalea, Malay Shah

Timothy Ainger, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Ainger earned at PhD in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where he was also a President's Scholar He then completed a clinical internship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, focusing on neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation in veterans with multiple traumas and traumatic brain injuries He completed his postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology with Cornerstone Neuropsychology in High Point, North Carolina.

Dr. Ainger has previously been employed by both the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Justice

His work focuses on applied neuropsychology and he examines ways to enhance the clinical conceptualization of diverse populations and diagnoses His clinical work and research has included dementias neurodegenerative disorders stroke and cerebrovascular disease primary and secondary changes in executive functioning multiculturalism forensics and human sexuality.

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Michael Bardo, PhD

University Research Professor, Psychology
Director, Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation
University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Bardo earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Iowa State University under the supervision of Dr. Richard Hughes. His dissertation investigated the development of tolerance to morphine in infant rats. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa under the supervision of Dr. Gerald Gebhart.

Dr. Bardo has worked in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and drug abuse for over 35 years, having been funded continuously by NIH since 1981 and publishing over 200 research articles.

Research interests are investigating the neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and social influences on drug self-administration. He is also are interested in medication development for substance use disorders. In addition to behavioral processes, his laboratory conducts work using chemogenetics, immunohistochemsitry, stereotaxic surgery, and microdialyis with HPLC.

His primary teaching interests at both the undergraduate and graduate levels include psychopharmacology, behavioral neuroscience and drug abuse. He has been funded continuously by NIH since 1981 and has published over 200 research articles. He has received multiple awards, including the SEC Faculty Achievement award, Distinguished University Scientist by the Kentucky Academy of Science, University Research Professorship and William B. Sturgill Graduate Mentorship awards from the University of Kentucky, Outstanding Mentor from the College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), and Professor Invité from the Université de Poitiers, France. Dr. Bardo has been primary mentor for 19 PhD students, 14 postdoctoral scholars and over 200 undergraduates in psychology, biology, and neuroscience.

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Jonathan Berger, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery, Abdominal Transplant
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Berger earned an MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed general surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, Dr. Berger completed the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he earned a Masters in Health Sciences degree. He completed a two year fellowship at the University Michigan, earning the American Society of Transplant Surgeons certificates for liver and kidney transplant as well as hepatobiliary surgery.

Dr. Berger is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Clinical interests include Dialysis Access, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Liver Tumor Program, Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, and Living Donor Kidney Transplant.

Dr. Berger has formal training in biostatistics and epidemiology. His academic interests include investigating the effects of aging and obesity in both the donor and recipient pool of liver and kidney transplant candidates. He is particularly interested in how co-morbid conditions and socioeconomic disparities affect access to transplantation and referral patterns.

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Anna Christina dela Cruz, MD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
Program Director, Hepatology Fellowship
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. dela Cruz earned an MD from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Metro Manila, Philippines. She completed residency at the an internal medicine residency at Englewood Hospital Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in Englewood, New Jersey. She completed fellowships in Gastroenterology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and in
Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the
American Board of Internal Medicine, Transplant Hepatology, and the
American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology.

Clinical and research interests include NAFLD, liver transplantation, viral hepatitis, and portal hypertension.

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Hanine El Haddad, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. El Haddad graduated from medical school from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Hadath, in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at Northwell Staten Island University Hospital in New York followed by an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, that focused on immunocompromised patients through a joint track with the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised patients.

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Anthony Fritz, PharmD

Clinical Specialty Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care Services Digestive Health Program/Hepatitis Clinic
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Fritz earned a PharmD from the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy.

Prior to coming to UK, he worked for Rite Aid Pharmacy both a staff pharmacist and a pharmacy manager.

At UK, Dr. Fritz works primarily with the transplant clinic to assist with medication management and authorization for all organ services and with the Infectious Diseases clinic treating mono- and co-infected Hepatits C patients.

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Meera Gupta, MD

Transplant Surgeon and Clinician-scientist
Surgical Director, Living Donor Kidney Program
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Gupta earned an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and where she completed general surgery residency and transplant surgery fellowship. As a resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Gupta earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and a certificate in Healthcare Leadership in Quality. She focused her research on outcomes in pediatric and adult kidney and liver transplantation, re-transplantation, and recipients of hematopoietic cell transplantation. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Areas of expertise include adult and pediatric transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, peritoneal dialysis access, and living donation.

At UK HealthCare, Gupta serves as a transplant educational mentor for residents and medical students.

She is one of the 2019 recipients of the High Impact Award through the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at UK and will embark on a study of bone and mineral metabolism in kidney transplantation.

Additionally, Gupta is actively involved in several medical and surgical societies and serves as an editorial fellow for the American Journal of Transplantation.

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Madison Hilgendorf, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Registered Dietitian
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Madison is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Dietetics and an MS in Nutrition and Food Systems. She completed an internship through the University of Kentucky’s Coordinated Program. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).

Madison specializes in the liver and kidney transplant population with a special interest in malnutrition and end stage liver disease.

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Susan McDowell, MD

Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Medical Director
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. McDowell earned an MD from the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty certificate in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She has served in numerous other leadership roles within the Department of PM&R and the College of Medicine including the former Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. McDowell has served on or been a member of numerous regional and national academic societies. In addition, she has presented both regionally and nationally with publications in educational and clinical areas. Her primary interests are in leadership, team, and interprofessional education and care.

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Christopher Reams, MPH

Transplant Network Administrator and Development Manager
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Chris brings more than twelve years of public health and healthcare experience to the Transplant Center with previous work as a consultant and program manager in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he oversees activities related to physician outreach, network development, and strategic market analysis for the Transplant Center. This includes developing, implementing, and directing all referral activities and initiatives. Chris frequently advises UKHealthCare leadership on market trends, various impacts of organ allocation/transplantation regulation, and facilitates multidisciplinary committees in order to evaluate and cultivate referral prospects.

Chris is also the lead administrator for one of UKHC's service line affiliate networks, the Organ Failure and Transplant Network. The Network partners with over 25 community hospitals, physician groups, and health systems in the region to provide more definitive care for patients with end stage organ failure.

Additionally, Chris manages marketing, PR, and community engagement activities on behalf of the Transplant Center in order to increase brand presence in Kentucky and contiguous states.

Previously, Chris lead the expansion and management of numerous partnerships at the Kentucky REC, including work with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to implement state-level strategic plans for Health IT initiatives, the development of health system/primary care partnerships across the Commonwealth, and managed the implementation of a suite of integrated services for the twenty FQHCs across the state.

He earned a Masters Degree in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies from DePauw University. Chris also holds credentialing with AHIMA, Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS).

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TrisAnn Rendulic, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Transplant Pharmacist Coordinator
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Rendulic earned a PharmD from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center and a PGY2 specialty residency in solid organ transplant at University of Michigan Hospital.

Dr. Rendulic primarily practices in abdominal transplantation. Teaching activities include precepting students and residents on abdominal transplant rotations and participating in the therapeutics curriculum.

Her interests include transplant rejection, metabolic comorbidities after transplant, and renal sparing regimens for liver transplant.

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Joseph Scalea, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery and Immunology
University of Maryland School of Maryland
Director, Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation
University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Scalea completed surgical training at the University of Maryland. He spent two years studying transplantation biology at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of David H. Sachs. Dr. Scalea then completed a transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin immediately prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery-Vascular Surgery.

He is a multi-organ transplant surgeon at the University of Maryland and he directs the busiest Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant program in the US.

Dr. Scalea's translational engineering laboratory pioneered multiple technologies in organ drone transportation and he is the first person to successfully move a human organ by drone and to model intra-city organ transportation. These experiments are published in the IEEE and AJT.

As a result of these efforts, Dr. Scalea founded the startup company, Transplant Logistics and Informatics (TLI) that has developed novel technologies to monitor, real time, drone shipped organs and has worked successfully with the FAA to make organ drone transportation a reality.

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Malay Shah, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

While attending the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Shah worked closely with individuals who were involved in transplant and immunosuppression outcomes research and developed a keen interest in transplantation.

He earned an MD at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and then completed a general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He completed a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Shah's interests include liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. He also has significant interests in hepatobiliary surgery, liver tumors cholangiocarcinoma and vascular access for patients with renal failure. He has a keen interest in socioeconomic and healthcare disparities and their impact on organ donation.

He actively participates in national organizations such as the United Network of Organ Sharing as well as multiple transplant societies.

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