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
Nancy Kubiak, M.D., FACP
Associate Program Director
Clayton Smith, M.D., FACP
Associate Program Director
Juliana Brown, M.D.
Michael Burk, M.D.
Kristen Gonter-Aubin, D.O.
Patrick McKenzie, M.D.
Jennifer A. Koch, M.D., FACP, is an Associate 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.
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.
"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."
Nancy T. Kubiak, M.D., FACP, is an Associate Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Training Program.
She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, then completed an internship in the primary care track of the University of Colorado's internal medicine residency in Denver, CO, and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
Dr. Kubiak served as chief resident at UMMC before joining the faculty at the University of Louisville. She also serves as the director of the Internal Medicine Resident and Fellow Outpatient Practice and has been honored by the residents as an outstanding teacher in this setting.
She recently became Director of Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine. In that role, she will work to ensure that each trainee and faculty has an experiential education in the foundations of quality improvement, which will also reap benefits for patients.
"I am excited to see the changes in internal medicine as our country moves toward more value based payment. This is sparking an interest in quality improvement and safety that residents have always had, and now is expanding to daily practice. I love bringing improvement to our program and patient care, and am grateful for the opportunity to expand the Department of Medicine’s commitment to quality care."
Clayton M. Smith, 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 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, then attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Coral Gables, FL. He completed residency and served as a Chief Resident at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Smith sees patients at University Hospital and the University of Louisville Physicians Outpatient Care Center. He has developed a reputation in LGBT healthcare and serves on a national committee to promote diversity in internal medicine training programs.
In addition, he also travels regularly to Washington D.C. to advocate for legislation that supports medical education.
"I've got the best job in the world! I love teaching in the clinical setting and challenging our residents to learn something from every patient every day. To watch them mature into competent, caring physicians over the course of three years is a true honor."
Jennifer R. Olges, M.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine training program.
Dr. Olges was born and raised in Louisville and attended the University of Kentucky, where she received her medical degree. She began her residency in a combined internal medicine and pediatrics program at Vanderbilt University and completed her training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.
She served as med/peds chief resident during her fourth year of residency and went on to become the pediatric chief resident the following year. At the conclusion of her chief year, she remained at Loyola University as an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine.
Her current clinical responsibilities include serving as an inpatient teaching attending at University Hospital as well as a primary care physician at the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center.
"I am proud to return to Louisville and have the opportunity to practice medicine in my hometown. I chose to stay in academic medicine because I believe that the 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., 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 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 University of Louisville Hospital, as well as seeing patients in his own outpatient clinic in the Centers for Primary Care.
"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."
Julianna R. Brown, M.D., is the Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
Dr. Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University. She attended medical school at The Ohio State University then came to University of Louisville for her residency training in Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
"Throughout my time in residency I have been thankful for the teaching and mentorship provided in my clinical and scholarly pursuits. I am excited for the opportunity to serve as a Chief Resident and to share what I have learned with the residents and patients."
Michael J. Burk, M.D., earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Biology and a minor in Medical Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013 as a Bepko Fellow.
After his Chief Residency year he plans to pursue a fellowship and career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
"It would be difficult to find another training program with as much dedication to autonomy and rigor that has cultivated such a supportive and collaborative culture. It is an honor to be a Chief Resident here and to continue to work with faculty to innovate in medical education."
Kristen Gonter-Aubin, D.O., is the Chief Resident of Scheduling.
She received degrees in Molecular and Microbiology as well as Biotechnology from the University of Central Florida in 2009.
She then graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 and finally ventured out of the sweltering state of Florida for residency at University of Louisville.
"I have only good things to say about my training at UofL. The training here taught me how to be a confident, compassionate and evidence based physician. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to stay here for a chief residency."
Patrick C. McKenzie, M.D., the Chief Resident of Education.
He grew up in Jacksonville, FL and attended Boston College, where he studied Biology and film-making. He spent a year in the Health Corps, a division of AmeriCorps, before starting his medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
Dr. McKenzie moved to Louisville, KY for his Internal Medicine Residency and is currently the Chief Resident of Education.
"The UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program allowed to me to grow substantially as both a clinician and educator. I want to inspire medical students and residents to realize their full potential as physicians and individuals."