Program Leadership

The University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program's leadership collectively has over thirty years of experience in program development/administration and medical education.

The group prides itself on its availability, its sensitivity to resident needs, and its commitment to continuous one-on-one teaching and mentoring.

Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP

Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP
Program Director

 

Clayton Smith, M.D., FACP

Clayton Smith, M.D., FACP
Associate Program Director

Kaitlin Gordon, M.D., MPH

Kaitlin Gordon, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Jennifer Olges, M.D., MPH

Jennifer Olges, M.D., MPH, FACP
Associate Program Director

Tyler Sharpe, M.D.

Tyler Sharpe, M.D., FACP
Associate Program Director

 


Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACPJennifer A. Koch, M.D., FACP, is a Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as Director of the UofL Internal Medicine Training Program.

Dr. Koch trained at the University of Louisville for medical school and residency. After completing her chief residency in 2004-05, she continued in the program as an Associate Program Director before assuming the role of Program Director in 2014.

She is a general internist who serves as one of the primary attending physicians in the residents' Continuity Clinic, and has been honored by the residents as an outstanding teacher in this setting. She has special interests in resident evaluation, mentorship, and educational design, as well as studying gender bias in medicine and medical education.

"Mentoring residents is the main reason I chose a career in academic medicine. Whether they choose private practice or academics, general medicine or subspecialties, I enjoy being part of their process of becoming outstanding physicians. I take pride in ensuring that every resident who enters our program is given the tools they need to be successful."


Clayton M. Smith, M.D., FACPClayton M. Smith, M.D., FACP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine. He is an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Training Program and Interim Chief of the UofL Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Medical Education.

Dr. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, then completed his undergraduate medical training in Miami, Florida at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He returned to his hometown of Louisville for residency at the University of Louisville, and served as Chief Medical Resident for one year before joining the program leadership.

Dr. Smith rounds on the inpatient teaching service at UofL Health - UofL Hospital, and provides primary care to a diverse panel of patients in the UofL Centers for Primary Care – Internal Medicine office. He passionately advocates for the LGBTQ community on the local, regional, and national levels, and specializes in HIV prevention and gender affirming hormone therapy for patients who are experiencing dysphoria.

In 2019, the Louisville community voted him “Best Doctor” in the LEO Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, and in the survey conducted semiannually by Louisville Magazine his peers in the medical community have nave identified him as one area,s "Top Docs." He has won multiple teaching awards during his time as a resident and faculty member, as well.

"I challenge myself to learn something from every patient every day, and hope those working with me will do the same. As a medical educator, my mission is to create a learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, and enables trainees to develop their skills as providers of evidence based, high value, and compassionate care."


Jennifer R. Olges, M.D., MPHKailtin S. Gordon, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Gordon was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. She spent four years in Athens, GA, where she played lacrosse for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and graduated with a bachelor of science in Cellular Biology with a minor in African Language and Literature.

She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2016 and completed her residency in internal medicine in 2019. She remained at UofL and served as Chief Medical Resident for one year before joining the program leadership team. Clinically, she serves as an inpatient teaching attending physician at UofL Health - UofL Hospital. She shares her free time with her husband, a radiology resident at UofL, and their children Miles and Andi.

"I am honored to remain on faculty here at UofL. The strong female leadership continues to support me in my efforts to become a respected academic physician. The clinical exposure is outstanding due to the unique nature of Louisville being a big city in a predominantly rural state. My passion lies in caring for vulnerable populations in my home city of Louisville while teaching and mentoring resident physicians."


Jennifer R. Olges, M.D., MPHJennifer R. Olges, M.D., MPH, FACP, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Olges was born and raised in Louisville. She received her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Kentucky in 1998. After several years of laboratory research and obtaining her master of public health degree, she pursued medical school at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated AOA in 2009. She began her residency in a combined internal medicine and pediatrics program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and completed her training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

During her fourth year of residency she was named the program's Med/Peds Chief Resident and went on to serve as Pediatric Chief Resident the following year. She remained at Loyola University as an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine before moving back to Louisville in 2016.

Clinically, she serves as an inpatient teaching attending at UofL Health - UofL Hospital.

"I am proud to return to Louisville and practice medicine in my hometown. I chose to stay in academic medicine because I believe that a team-based approach provides the best patient care, and I value the emphasis on lifelong learning. It is such an honor and privilege to work directly with the residents and help develop their medical knowledge, critical thinking and professional character."


Tyler D. Sharpe, M.D.Tyler D. Sharpe, M.D, FACP, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Training Program.

He received dual Bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish at the University of Alabama in 2008. He then graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2012, and went on to complete his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Medical Residency at the University of Louisville.

His clinical duties include supervising residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings at UofL Health - UofL Hospital. He has a special interest in utilizing a variety of platforms to enhance learner education, and is currently involved in augmenting the use bedside ultrasound in the care of patients.

"I am very excited to be a part of the wonderful program leadership in the Internal Medicine Residency Program here at UofL. Our residency program does an outstanding job of equipping residents with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful Internal Medicine physicians, and the fact that we can have fun every day doing it makes this program truly special."


Tyler D. Sharpe, M.D.Sara S. Ellingwood,M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident for Scheduling.

Dr. Ellingwood was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Studies with minors in Biology, Psychology, and Sociology from Purdue University. She went on to attend the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she earned her Medical Degree in 2017. She remained at UofL and completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 2020.

After her Chief year, she plans to apply for a fellowship in Allergy & Immunology.

She is passionate about resident education as well as research, particularly in food and environmental allergens. She spends her free time with her husband and two Australian Shepherds. She loves to spend time with her family, travel, and any outdoor activity.

"I am so honored to continue working for University of Louisville in the Department of Internal Medicine, a program that has taught me how to lead and learn from those around me. I continue to be impressed with how our program balances the importance of continuing education, excellent patient care, and creating an environment of acceptance and inclusivity for all who enter UofL. I hope to give back to this program during my time as a Chief, as it has given so much to me. If I can leave a positive lasting impact, even in a small way, then I will feel that I accomplished that."


Tyler D. Sharpe, M.D.Samuel B. Reynolds, M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident for Education.

Dr. Reynolds was born and raised in Boston, MA. He attended Northeastern University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He spent two years working at both Biogen in the Division of Immunology and as a medical content editor for the OPENPediatrics™ virtual educational platform before attending the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, graduating in 2017.

He is most passionate about education and research, and even founded the University of Louisville Resident Research Collaborative during his intern year, which now serves to help residents in our program become involved with and, ultimately, publish the results of research projects. He hopes to further this organization during chief year and to pursue academic training in hematology and oncology beyond residency.

"The UofL Internal Medicine Department has been amazingly supportive in both my personal and professional growth over the past three years. Our program leadership takes a dedicated interest in educating physicians to be strong patient care advocates and future leaders in the healthcare community."


Tyler D. Sharpe, M.D.William Tyler Smith, M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident for Quality Improvement.

Dr. Smith was born in Roanoke, Virginia and raised in Greenville, SC. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Microbiology from Clemson University while working as a student videographer for the football team.

He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating in 2017 before completing his internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville in 2020.

After his chief year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary and critical medicine and stay in an academic setting to practice.

"I am happy to have found a program that fit me so well for residency. I think U of L does an amazing job providing us with a good level of autonomy while keeping an eye out for whatever support you need. I look forward to carrying that tradition forward for the next class of residents.".