Speakers

Taha Ayach, Reaford Blackburn Jr, W. Graham Carlos, Romil Chadha, Jagriti Chadha, Michael Cherry, Teela Crecelius, Kristen Fletcher, Adam Gray, Alan Hall II, Andrew Higdon, Fatima Kidwai, Nicole Leedy, Devin Oller, Reema Patel, Patricia Therese Santos, Sarah Schuetz, Jerome Siy, Susan Smyth, Joseph Sweigart, Pete Wallenhorst, Daniel Weaver, Katherine Wimberly

Taha Ayach, MD

Associate Professor
Hospital Medicine & Nephrology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Taha Ayach, MD received his medical degree from the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Raphael Campus-Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr Ayach then completed a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He joined the University of Kentucky as Assistant Professor of Medicine in July 2014 initially in the Division of Hospital Medicine and currently holds a joint position in the division of Nephrology and division of Hospital Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

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Reaford Blackburn Jr, MD

Associate Program Director, IM Residency
Lake Cumberland Medical Center
Somerset, Kentucky

Dr. Reaford Blackburn, Jr. joined the medical staff of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in 2016 as a hospitalist. After working closely alongside the Internal Medicine Residents caring for patients in the hospital, he has accepted the position of Associate Program Director and will continue to supervise and instruct the residents and medical students.

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W. Graham Carlos, MD, MSCR, FACP, ATSF

Bicentennial Professor of Medicine
Joseph J. Mamlin Chief of Medicine
Eskenazi Hospital
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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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

Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean of Competency Assessment
Internal Medicine Advanced Development Director
Medical Director Physician Development, Hospital 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, editor for SHM SPARK, member of SHM Education Committee, and enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She does half of her teaching clinical service on perioperative and hospital medicine consult service. She is Assistant Dean of Competency Assessment and Advanced Development Director for Internal Medicine. She is Medical Director Physician Development and chair of orientation committee for the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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Michael Cherry, MD

Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Michael Cherry graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky. After completion of residency, he served as the outpatient chief resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is now an assistant professor within University of Kentucky Department 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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Kristen Fletcher, MD

VA Site Director for IM Res Program
Academic Hospitalist
VAMC
Lexington, Kentucky

Kristen Fletcher is an academic hospitalist at Lexington VA Health Care. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at UK. She then served as the in-patient Internal Medicine Chief Resident. Currently, she serves as the VA Site Director for the UK Internal Medicine residency program and is honored to serve as Course Director for the senior capstone course, Transitions to Residency, for UK's College of Medicine. Known for her passionate teaching, her educational interests include the learner-faculty feedback relationship and transitional periods during clinical medical education.

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Adam Gray, MD

Associate 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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Alan Hall II, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Assistant Dean, Competency Assessment
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Hall earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

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

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Andrew Higdon, MD

Hospitalist
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
Owensboro, 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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Fatima Kidwai, MD

Assistant Professor
Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Fatima Kidwai, MD received her medical degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical School, Pakistan. She completed her residency from Spectrum Health/Michigan State University, Grand Rapids before moving to Aberdeen south Dakota where she started the hospitalist program. She completed her geriatric residency from University of South Dakota. She has special interest in Obesity and is also an Obesity Medicine Diplomat. She recently moved to Lexington to join Division of Hospitalist Medicine.

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Nicole Leedy, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Infectious Disease Fellowship Program Director
Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Kentucky
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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Devin Oller, MD

Associate Program Director
University of Kentucky
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Investigator
NIH-funded HEALing Communities Study
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Devin Oller is a primary care and addiction medicine physician and served as one of the first Rural Health Leadership fellows and Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital before coming to UK. He is an Associate Program Director for the University of Kentucky Internal Medicine Residency Program and an investigator for the NIH-funded HEALing Communities Study.

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Reema Patel, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Reema Patel graduated from Quillen College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Kentucky. She is the associate program director of the Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship at UK and holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology. She specializes in the treatment of bone and soft-tissue sarcomas, and gastrointestinal malignancies in the setting of a multidisplinary cancer center.

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Patricia Therese Santos, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Patricia Santos earned her MD-MBA degree from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in Pasig City, Philippines. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky and thereafter, stayed as faculty with the Division of Hospital Medicine. She is currently the Chair of the Oncology Co-management Committee and enjoys her roles as clinician, educator, and administrator.

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Sarah Schuetz, MD

Primary Care Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Sarah Schuetz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky as well as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She attending the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate, graduate, and medical school degrees and was an internal medicine graduate from UK in 2017. She works as a primary care physician at the university and her passions are resident education, preventative medicine, motivational interviewing and transitions of care.

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Jerome Siy, MD, SFHM, CHIE

SHM President and Division Medical Director, Hospital Specialties
HealthPartners
St. Paul, Minnesota

Jerome Siy, MD, SFHM is the Department Chair for Hospital Medicine for HealthPartners. He also holds an appointment of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Jerome obtained his medical degree from Mayo Medical School and completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He subsequently joined HealthPartners in 2000 as a hospitalist. In 2006 he became Chief of Hospital Medicine at Regions Hospital, and then Department Chair in 2010, overseeing the HealthPartners Hospital Medicine program at 8 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area and St. Croix Valley in western Wisconsin. He sits on two system hospital boards of directors.

Jerome is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) and an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He has served on multiple national committees and task forces for SHM. Currently, Jerome is chair of the SHM practice management committee and led the development of the SHM hospitalist engagement survey. Currently, he is leading SHM’s taskforce on hospitalist burnout. Additionally, he is the cofounder and past president of the Minnesota Chapter of SHM.

In 2011, Jerome completed an 8-month sabbatical in East Asia where he studied Mandarin Chinese and visited multiple health systems. In addition to visiting foreign health systems in Europe and Asia, Jerome has hosted visiting physicians and policy makers from overseas. He speaks nationally and internationally about hospital medicine in educational and clinical forums and participated in medical missions. His current areas of interest are in rural medicine, telemedicine, innovation, and professional development.

Jerome was named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "40 under 40" in 2007 and was awarded SHM's Award for Clinical Excellence in 2009.

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Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, FACC

Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Susan S. Smyth, MD, PhD, is executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Smyth joins UAMS from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where she is the chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the director of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute, a position in which she developed and implemented an operating structure that emphasized the integration and translation across research, education, and clinical care.

A nationally known cardiologist and translational scientist, Smyth is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, immediate past-president of the Association of University Cardiologists, and has served on the CTSA Steering Committee for the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. At the University of Kentucky, she is Senior Associate Director of the Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science and has a part-time appointment as a physician and research investigator at the Lexington VA Health Care System.

Smyth graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, with a bachelor of arts in biology before earning both a medical degree and a doctorate of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She completed an internal medicine residency, including a year as chief resident, at University Medical Center in Stony Brook, New York, and cardiology fellowships at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, New York, and The University of North Carolina, where she joined the institution's faculty in 2001.

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Joseph Sweigart, MD, FHM, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky and Lexington VA Medical Center
Associate Program Director, UK IMRP Director, UK HMT
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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Pete Wallenhorst, MD

Hospital and Palliative Medicine
Lexington VA Health Care System
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Pete Wallenhorst graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where he then also completed his residency in Internal Medicine. Following this, he served as the Veterans Affairs Chief Resident in Quality and Safety for the University of Kentucky Internal Medicine Residency Program. He then completed a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through UK and now practices both palliative care and hospital medicine at the Lexington, KY VA Medical Center. His other clinical interests include resident and medical student education, quality improvement and patient safety, and addiction medicine. Dr. Wallenhorst is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Daniel Weaver, MD, FACP

Assistant Professor
Hospital Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Weaver completed his undergraduate studies at Bucknell University and attended medical school at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He completed a traditional med/surg internship in Ireland and then his internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky. He has been a faculty member as a hospitalist since 2015. In 2018, he helped start the inpatient addiction consult service (ACES) at UK and is one of the physicians that rotate on that service. Additionally, he is the medical director of the inpatient medicine consult and fragility fracture comanagement service at UK.

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Katherine Wimberly, MD

Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Kate Wimberly graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UK. She was Internal Medicine-Pediatrics chief resident during her last year of residency training. She holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at UK, and practices as an adult and pediatric hospitalist.

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