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

 

Nancy Kubiak, M.D., FACP

Nancy Kubiak, M.D., FACP
Associate Program Director

Clayton Smith, M.D., FACP

Clayton Smith, M.D., FACP
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

 

Kailtin Gordon, M.D.

Kaitlin Gordon, M.D.
Chief Resident

John Guardiola, M.D.

John Guardiola, M.D.
Chief Resident

Daniel Martin, M.D.

Daniel Martin, M.D.
Chief Resident


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."


Nancy Kubiak, M.D., FACPNancy T. Kubiak, M.D., FACP, is a 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 leads our residency's experiential education in the foundations of quality improvement. This longitudinal curriculum teaches residents the principles and application of quality improvement while improving the care of their patients in the continuity clinic.

"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., FACPClayton M. Smith, 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.

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, where he graduated AOA. 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.

His peers have twice chosen him to be one of Louisville Magazine's "Top Docs," and has won multiple teaching awards from medical students and residents. He is a lecturer for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, a tutor for problem based learning, and one of the undergraduate medical students' Advisory Deans.

"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., 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 University 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 University of Louisville 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."


Kaitlin E. Gordon, M.D.Kaitlin E. Gordon, M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident for Scheduling.

Dr. Gordon was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. She spent four years in Athens, Georgia 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 hopes to continue working in medical education and caring for vulnerable populations in her home city of Louisville.

Her hobbies include cheering on the Cards, spending time at the lake, traveling and exploring new restaurants. She shares her free time with her husband, a radiology resident at UofL, and their son, Miles. She is excited to welcome a baby girl to the family this fall.

"The UofL Department of Medicine was a perfect fit for my residency. 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. I have absolutely loved my time at UofL and hope to continue to working with the amazing people here."


John J. Guardiola, M.D.John J. Guardiola, M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident of Education.

Dr. Guardiola has spent most of his life in Louisville, KY. He attended the University of Louisville and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

He spent a year performing research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and then attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating in 2016.

He is excited to improve the resident educational experience as well as supervise residents and teach in the clinical setting. He hopes to pursue further training in gastroenterology with the goal of practicing hepatology at an academic medical center.

"UofL's program offers supportive leadership, a variety of clinical experiences, and significant autonomy. It has prepared me to practice medicine compassionately and confidently."


Daniel F. Martin, M.D.Daniel F. Martin, M.D., is the Chief Medical Resident for Quality Improvement.

Dr. Martin was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he played collegiate basketball and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences in 2009. He moved to the east coast to attend Boston University and earned a master's of arts degree in medical sciences in 2011 with honors for his research thesis on Vitamin D.

Dan graduated from Saint George's University School of Medicine in 2016 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville in 2019.

After chief year, he will pursue a career in pulmonary and critical care medicine and hopes to continue in academia as a clinician educator.

In his free time Dan enjoys playing golf, leisurely bike rides, physical fitness, and trying new recipes in his kitchen.

"I am incredibly grateful for my residency training here at UofL. Our well balanced curriculum affords residents a diversity of clinical experiences. The staff consists of excellent clinician educators who provide a supportive but challenging learning environment. I look forward to contributing back to our program as chief resident."