UofL Cancer Education Program Undergraduate Participants to Present Research Posters Friday Aug 2

The 19 undergraduate students in the 2019 cohort of the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program will present their research posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium scheduled Friday, August 2 from noon to 3 pm in the Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building. 

In addition to UofL, undergraduate students in the 2019 cohort are pursuing their undergraduate studies at Emory University, Holmes Community College, Knox College, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Southern California.  A listing of the 2019 cohort together with their faculty mentors is available here.

The student research posters to be presented on Aug 2 are available here.

Risks of vaping by children: What parents can do

As e-cigarette use increases among teenagers, it’s important for parents and caregivers to know the associated risks and what they can do to foster healthy habits in their children.

Although the liquid used in e-cigarettes does not include tobacco, it contains nicotine, which is highly addictive and poses dangers to children, said Heather Felton, M.D., medical director of the UofL Pediatrics – Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre.

“Nicotine raises blood pressure and spikes adrenaline, thus increasing heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack,” Felton said. “It also can harm a child’s developing brain and parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control.”

The amount of nicotine in vaping liquids can vary among brands, but many contain more nicotine than a traditional cigarette. For instance, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes, Felton said. The liquid can be a poison when swallowed or absorbed through skin or eyes. Also, vaping often leads to traditional tobacco product use.

What parents can do:

  • Set a good example by being tobacco-free.
  • Talk to your child about vaping and the risks of use.
  • Seek help from your child’s physician to explain to your child the health risks of vaping.
  • Encourage teachers and administrators at your child’s school to enforce tobacco-free policies.



ULP General Pediatrics Clinics earn national certification as patient-centered medical home

The three UofL Physicians – General Pediatrics clinics have earned Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

PCMH recognizes primary care practices with a team-based health care delivery model that provide comprehensive care to patients and are dedicated to continuous quality improvement for health outcomes. Designated practices put patients at the forefront and create strong relationships between patients and their clinical care teams.

Research shows that PCMHs improve quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction while reducing health care costs, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

“We’ve changed policies, procedures and day-to-day functioning to accommodate patients in every way we can,” said Melissa Hancock, M.D., UofL division director of general pediatrics. “All of our providers and staff are invested in our patients’ primary care. This is where they’re going to get their comprehensive health care needs met.”

UofL Physicians – General Pediatrics has clinics at the Novak Center for Children’s Health in downtown, Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre on Eastern Parkway and on Stonestreet Road in southwest Louisville.

Norton Healthcare, UofL School of Medicine, UofL Physicians – Pediatrics sign Letter of Intent for new affiliation

The University of Louisville School of Medicine, UofL Physicians – Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare today announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to create a new pediatric affiliation. 

The LOI allows the organizations to explore a more meaningful partnership as the organizations work toward a definitive agreement later this summer if approved by the UofL Board of Trustees.

The goal is to further align strategic, operational and financial interests to support pediatric care, teaching and research.

“We want to ensure we continue to promote healthy children and communities while maintaining our strong academic training programs and research, which translate into better care for children,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D. “We’ll do that by leveraging the strengths of the UofL School of Medicine, ULP – Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare.” 

“For many years, Norton Healthcare and Norton Children’s Hospital have worked closely with the University of Louisville through our academic affiliation,” said Russell F. Cox, president and chief executive officer of Norton Healthcare. “Each day, dedicated providers from both organizations work together to deliver quality care that children and their families need. Together we have grown specialty services for children in the important areas of heart, diabetes and cancer care. With this new initiative, we expect this type of growth to continue, and we are committed to identifying even better ways to meet the health care needs of children and families.”

DOM News Roundup: June 14, 2019

Taking a look at who was in the news from the University of Louisville Department of Medicine over the past week
DOM News Roundup: June 14, 2019

Taking a look at who was in the news from the University of Louisville Department of Medicine over the past week







June 11

Ruth Carrico

Nanosonics sponsors educational symposium on standardizing ultrasound probe disinfection practices at APIC 2019
Showcases automated trophon2 complete reprocessing solution for optimized probe decontamination

Yahoo Finance


June 7

Roberto Bolli

Louisville Business First

“Distinguished Abstract” award for 2019 annual meeting of the AACC

Congratulations to Dr. Kirpich and colleagues. Their abstract has won the “Distinguished Abstract” award for 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). “Decreased endogenous ω-6 PUFAs induced intestinal mucosa transcriptional reprogramming that contributed to amelioration of intestinal and liver injury in mice in a context of systemic inflammation and chronic ethanol exposure” by Dennis R. Warner, Ying L. Song, Jeffrey B. Warner, Craig J. McClain, and Irina A. Kirpich was one of 20 (out of 202 considered) to be so honored.

The Annual AACC meeting will be in August, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

DOM News Roundup: June 7, 2019

Taking a look at who was in the news from the University of Louisville Department of Medicine over the past week
DOM News Roundup: June 7, 2019

Taking a look at who was in the news from the University of Louisville Department of Medicine over the past week







June 4

Ruth Carrico

McKnight's Long-Term Care News


June 3

Daniel Conklin

FDA Funds Massive New Vaping Study
University of Louisville is studying long-term effects of e-cigarettes


May 31

Mark Rothstein

Don't expect to keep that DNA test info private
Exploding demand for genetic profiles exposes gaps in legal protections

Crain's Chicago Business


UofL physicians, trainees advocate for patients

Internal medicine doctors take their case to national legislators in Washington, D.C.
UofL physicians, trainees advocate for patients

Drs. Clayton Smith and Sara Ellingwood represented the University of Louisville at the annual ACP Leadership day in Washington, D.C.

By Clayton Smith, M.D.

Clayton M. Smith, M.D., FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sara Sadeghi Ellingwood, M.D., a PGY-2 Internal Medicine resident, recently traveled to the nation's capitol, Washington D.C., to advocate for internists and the patients they proudly serve.

The duo represented the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) at its annual Leadership Day where they spoke to members of Congress, or their staff, from all of Kentucky's Congressional delegation, promoting the ACP's agenda, which prioritized the following agenda items:

  • The High Cost of Prescription Drugs
  • The Epidemic of Firearms-Related Injury and Death
  • Fund Federal Workforce, Medical and Health Services Research
  • Physician Payment under Medicare
  • Expand Coverage and Stabilize the Insurance Market
  • Reduce Unnecessary Administrative Tasks on Physicians and Patients
  • Healthy Women and Families Congress
  • Medical Education Training and Debt Congress

The Internal Medicine Residency Program prioritizes patient advocacy, and welcomes anyone who would like to contribute to the conversation. Please contact Dr. Smith at if you have ideas about improving the health of Kentuckians, or sustaining their access to the healthcare system.

Visit to learn more about the conversations Drs. Smith and Sadeghi had on behalf on the citizens of the Commonwealth.

UofL Hepatitis C program's “train the provider” program

The UofL Hepatitis C program has developed a “train the provider” program (KHAMP, Kentucky Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program) to increase patient access to Hepatitis C treatments throughout the state and region.  Barbra Cave, APRN, has been highly active in this endeavor and has trained 277 providers since August 1, 2018.

This program was recently highlighted on Spectrum News:

UofL Cancer Education Program Selects 45 Students for 2019 Cohort

The UofL Cancer Education Program announces the selection of 45 students for the 2019 cohort consisting of 18 undergraduate students, 22 UofL medical students and 5 students selected to participate a second time in the program (4 medical and 1 undergraduate student).  In addition to UofL, undergraduate students in the 2019 cohort are pursuing their undergraduate studies at Emory University, Holmes Community College, Knox College, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Southern California.  A listing of the 2019 cohort together with their faculty mentors is available here.

Meeting the needs of newly adopted children

The roughly 120,000 children adopted in the United States every year have high risk for physical, developmental and mental health issues, conditions that may have been unknown before joining their new families.

clinical report published online recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidance for pediatricians on the initial comprehensive medical evaluation of newly adopted children. The evaluation helps parents fully address their child’s physical and mental health and developmental needs, said V. Faye Jones, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and lead author of the report.

“The physician can help families prepare and work through expected questions and concerns during an early visit, even if they have limited information about the child’s past,” Jones said. “We know that many adopted children have previous chronic illnesses or are at risk for developing physical or mental health problems.”

Children awaiting adoption are at high risk of having been exposed prenatally to illegal drugs and/or alcohol as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, according to the report. Other early childhood factors that impact the health of adopted children include poverty and inadequate developmental stimulation. Common health issues these children face include growth failure, asthma, obesity, vision impairment, hearing loss, neurologic problems and sexually transmitted infections.

Soon after a child’s adoption, a pediatrician should conduct a comprehensive medical evaluation to confirm and clarify existing medical diagnoses, assess for previously unknown issues, discuss developmental, mental and behavioral concerns with parents and make referrals. The evaluation should include a thorough review of the child’s medical history, a complete physical examination and necessary diagnostic testing, according to the report.

Dr. Bing Li appointed University Scholar

Bing LiDr. Bing Li, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, was recognized as University Scholar in April 2019, an honor bestowed on select faculty  who significantly exceed the scholarship necessary for appointment, promotion and tenure at U of L and in doing so achieve a strong national reputation.  He is the second M&I faculty to receive this title.

First graduate of PhD partnership program with Cairo University

Mohamed Y. Mahmoud successfully defended his dissertation and will be awarded the PhD in pharmacology & toxicology at the UofL commencement ceremony in May.  Mohamed is the first graduate of the PhD partnership program with Cairo University.  He is pictured (third from left) with the members of his dissertation committee.  Dr. Jill Steinbach-Rankins and Dr. Donald Demuth were co-mentors.


PhTx graduate student receives first place award for research poster presentation at annual Experimental Biology meetings

 Shuhan Meng received the first place award for her research poster presentation at the annual Experimental Biology meetings in Orlando, Florida.  Shuhan is a PhD student in the pharmacology and toxicology program who matriculated via the PhD partnership with Jilin University.  She is pursuing her PhD dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Chi Li.


Prevent sports-related eye injuries

More than 40 percent of all eye injuries are related to sports or recreational activities, accounting for more than 100,000 physician visits a year and costing more than $175 million. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that everyone, even people who do not require optical correction, use protective eyewear during sports.

“Ninety percent of sports-related eye injuries in school-aged children can be avoided with protective eyewear,” said Kara Tison, O.D., optometrist with UofL Physicians–Pediatric Eye Specialists. “Regular prescription glasses do not provide adequate protection, and if a trauma occurs, can cause more damage.”

It is important to choose protection that has been tested and meets standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which establishes the guideline of recommended sports eye protection for children.

Sports eye protection needs to have an ASTM label and fit the athlete comfortably and properly. Health care professionals can suggest appropriate eyewear for young athletes.

If an eye injury occurs, it should be evaluated by a health care provider. While most ocular injuries are painful, some are painless and can cause permanent vision loss.

For treatment of a sports-related eye injury or more information on protective eyewear, call UofL Physicians–Eye Specialists at 502-588-0550 for an appointment.

UofL Cancer Education Program Alumni Present Research at ACC Meetings of the Minds

Alumni of the UofL Cancer Education Program were well represented at the recent ACC Meeting of the Minds held at the University of Louisville.  Five of the six students from UofL presenting their research were alumni of the program, including Noela Botaka from the 2017 cohort and Lloyd Bartley, Caleb Bridgwater, Alisha Deshmukh, and Kennedy Walls from the 2018 cohort.

For information about the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, see

For information about the students and their cancer research projects, see

For information about the UofL Cancer Education Program, see


Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD students receive major travel awards to present research

Haiyan Lu, Christine Kim and Rachel Speer each received major travel awards to present their research findings at the annual meetings of the Society of Toxicology held last month in Baltimore Maryland.

Haiyan Lu matriculated into the PhD program in pharmacology and toxicology via the PhD partnership with Wenzhou Medical University.  Haiyan is pursuing her PhD dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. John Wise, Sr.

Christine Kim and Rachel Speer are both PhD candidates in pharmacology and toxicology who have been awarded predoctoral fellowships on the NIEHS-funded training grant in environmental health sciences.   They are pursuing their PhD dissertation research in the laboratories of Drs. Brian Ceresa and John Wise Sr., respectively.

Haiyan Lu             Christine Kim        Rachel Speer




Kentucky has highest child abuse rate in the U.S.; caregivers can help

Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the United States, according to federal data released in 2019 that shine a light on the issue and ways caregivers can curb abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In 2017, Kentucky reported 22,410 child abuse victims, equating to about 22 out of every 1,000 children, which is more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau Child Maltreatment 2017 report. The state’s number has increased 27 percent since 2013.

Nationally, 78 percent of child abuse perpetrators were parents, according to the report.

“Many factors go into child abuse, but it’s always 100 percent preventable,” said Kelly L. Dauk, M.D., pediatrician with UofL Physicians - Pediatric Hospital Medicine. “There are many resources available for parents, caregivers, babysitters and bystanders to keep children out of these dangerous situations.”

According to Face It, a movement to end child abuse, there are simple ways parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference:

  • Crying is normal. If you feel frustrated with your child, it’s OK to leave the baby in a crib or safe place while you take some deep breaths and calm down.
  • Hitting and yelling don’t work and are shown to be harmful. Scolding, if used frequently, can reinforce negative behavior and cause attention-seeking.
  • Potty training takes patience. Be patient and understanding with your child. Research shows physical punishment and shaming are not effective ways to help your child learn to use the potty. Instead, praise your child when she or he is successful. On average, potty training is an 18-month process.
  • Make sure your child knows the difference between “okay” and “not okay” touches.

For more information, visit

In Kentucky, to report suspected child abuse call 1-877-KYSAFE1 (597-2331). The National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453), offers professional crisis counselors who can provide intervention, information and referrals to emergency, social service and support resources. Calls are confidential.

2019 Research Grant Awards

 Dr. Chung received a 5 year NIH U19 award (U19-AI142762) entitled“Center of Excellence for Encephalitic Alphavirus Therapeutics”, as MPI/Project leader.




EgilmezDr. Egilmez was awarded a two year Idea Development grant (LC180086)  from the DOD Lung Cancer  Research Program for a project entitled “Overcoming Anti-PD-1 Resistance in Lung Cancer” (PI) and a 3 year R44 award from the NIH (R44-DK117687) entitled “IL-10NanoCap for Therapy of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis” (MPI).




ShirwanDr. Shirwan was awarded a two-year NIH R21 grant (R21-AI147677) entitled “Establishing immunoprivileged scaffolds for transplantation of immature beta cells.





Matthew LawrenzDr. Matt Lawrenz is co-investigator on an NIH STTR (R41-AI142726) grant entitled “Use of a Designer Proline-rich antimicrobial peptide Chaperone protein inhibitor (DPC) for treating antibiotic resistant pneumonia” with a subaward to his laboratory.  The project period is 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020.

'Selection Friday' a success for UofL internal medicine residency programs (w/VIDEO)

Match Day 2019 brings solid incoming classes filling all available spots for UofL Internal Medicine, Combined Med-Peds residency groups
'Selection Friday' a success for UofL internal medicine residency programs (w/VIDEO)

UofL fourth-year medical students celebrate Match Day 2019, when they found out where they will continue the residency portion of their medical education.


While basketball fans anxiously await the release of this year's NCAA Tournament bracket, University of Louisville medical students, and others nationwide, enjoyed their version of "Selection Friday."

March 15 was Match Day, as prospective medical residents opened their envelopes from the National Residency Match Program to find where they had been matched for their future training as residents.

"We would like to enthusiastically welcome a new class of categorical, preliminary, and med-peds interns to our Department of Medicine family," Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP, Director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "Thanks to the hard work of both the applicants and our faculty members, I am confident that we have recruited a wonderful group of physicians who will be an excellent fit for our programs. We look forward to teaching them to be highly qualified internists!"

Conducted annually by the NRMP, The Match uses a computerized algorithm designed to the best results by aligning the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs. The results are used to fill thousands of training positions available in the United States.

The UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program completed a perfect match yet again, filling 24 categorical and 12 preliminary positions.

In addition the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, under the direction of Laura Workman, M.D., added five new members.

Our incoming Class of 2019 includes:

Categorical Residents

  • Sudeepthi Bandikatla - Kasturba Medical College Manipal
  • Chanelle Benjamin - Indiana University
  • Armondo Bosch - Indiana University
  • Harsimran Brar - Maulana Azad Medical College
  • Apaar Dadlani - Maulana Azad Medical College
  • Viral Desai - Grant Government Medical College
  • Michael Eiswerth - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Harrison Falwell - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dylan Gerlach - University of Pikeville
  • Casey Grantham - University of North Dakota
  • Denny Grigorov - Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Matt Heckroth - St. George's University
  • Ryan Hosking - Wayne State University
  • Tanvir Kabir - University of Kentucky
  • Dipan Karmali - Loyola University
  • Jimmy Meade - University of Pikeville
  • Ishan Parikh - Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nishant Patel - Lincoln Memorial University
  • Alexander Pinter - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Shervin Sani - Nova Southeastern University
  • Nadine Sbaih - University of Utah
  • Laura Sims - University of Louisville
  • Jeff Spindel - West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cody Sullivan - University of Louisville


Preliminary Residents

  • Allie Everly - University of Louisville
  • Emily Haas - University of Louisville
  • Ishita Jain - University of Louisville
  • Jordan Jones - University of Louisville
  • Grant McKenzie - University of Louisville
  • Megan Mercer - University of Louisville
  • Umair Munawar - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Maddie Oliver - University of Louisville
  • Rooshil Patel - University of Kentucky
  • Alex Rider - University of Tennessee
  • Brett Riedinger - University of Louisville
  • John Strickley - Indiana University


Combined Med-Peds Residents

  • Justin Chu - Wright State University
  • Ryan Conard - University of Louisville
  • Sarah England - University of Louisville
  • Ryan Mughmaw - Indiana University
  • Helen Turner - University of Mississippi


VIDEO: Match Day 2019