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, is an Associate Professor in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and serves as Director of the U of L 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' AIM 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 successful, outstanding physicians."
Barbara Casper, M.D., FACP, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her internal medicine training at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga unit.
She subsequently joined the faculty and was the director of the transitional internship program for ten years prior to relocating to the University of Louisville.
Dr. Casper joined the faculty at U of L in 1998. She served as the program director for the training program from 1999-2014, at which time she was promoted to division chief for General Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Medical Education.
She is the recipient of several prestigious education awards and carries the title of University of Louisville Distinguished Teaching Professor.
"My favorite part of being a program director is being able to see residents come to us right out of medical school and watch them develop into outstanding internists. That transformation is very rewarding and I am very proud of our graduates. I feel that I have hundreds of 'children' scattered throughout the US and I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to impact their lives."
Nancy 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,Texas, then completed an internship in the primary care track of the University of Colorado's internal medicine residency in Denver, Colo., and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.
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 residents’ AIM Continuity Clinic and has been honored by the residents as an outstanding teacher in this setting.
"I am privileged that I get to come to work every day, challenge residents intellectually and have them challenge me, and have fun in the process. I enjoy my job as associate program director, and believe that our residency combines great pathology, appropriate independence for the resident, and a variety of educational experiences along with a systematic mentoring system to help each resident individualize the residency experience and reach his or her full potential."
Clayton Smith, 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 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, then attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed residency and served as a Chief Resident at the University of Louisville.
His clinical service includes making rounds with the residents at University Hospital as an academic hospitalist and seeing outpatients in the Centers for Primary Care. He is an active member of the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Physicians and has traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for legislation that supports medical education.
"I am proud to be part of the Internal Medicine Residency Program leadership team. By educating residents I get to take care of not only my patients but those of future generations of doctors. Hearing one of my residents teach their intern something I taught them is incredibly rewarding."
Alan Kerr, M.D., is the scheduling chief resident.
Dr. Kerr received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. He then came to the University of Louisville where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
He finished internal medicine training at the University of Louisville in 2014. After his chief residency year he plans to pursue a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology.
"What I love about academic medicine is the opportunity to be at the forefront of a constantly evolving field. I plan to use my chief resident year as preparation for my future as an attending involved not only in patient care but also research and education."
Melissa Makar, M.D., is the quality improvement chief resident.
Dr. Makar graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee and went on to complete her internal medicine training at the University of Louisville in 2014.
She has a special interest in patient safety as well as in identifying and correcting system errors.
"It has been a privilege to train at the University of Louisville. I was given just the right amount of mentoring, support, and freedom to develop into the doctor I am today. I plan to make the most of my position as chief resident to ensure the continued delivery of a well-balanced and outstanding educational experience here at U of L."
Ishan Mehta, M.D., is the education chief resident.
Mehta earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky then completed his medical school and residency training at the University of Louisville.
"Teaching is my passion and serving in the role of the education chief will give me an opportunity to work one-on-one with medical students and residents. I have had wonderful teachers throughout residency and I hope to be a part of this fantastic program."