Professor Steven Myers (in memoriam) recognized as faculty favorite by UofL students

This past academic year, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning solicited nominations from students for the UofL faculty member they would like to recognize for making a significant impact on their learning and intellectual development.  Through a link on the Delphi Center website, students submitted 701 nominations for 308 faculty members.

Professor Steven Myers, who passed away suddenly in December 2016 has been named among the "top six" and will be recognized for this achievement with a ceremony scheduled in February 2018.  Information about the faculty favorites and the student nominations are available at

Despite recent study findings, pregnant moms still need flu shot

Despite recent study findings, pregnant moms still need flu shot

Heather Felton, M.D.

In the wake of a new study in the journal Vaccine, a UofL pediatrician reminds pregnant women that the flu vaccine is still recommended and very important for their own health and that of their newborns.

The recent study looks at a possible link between flu shots in pregnant women and miscarriage, but experts from the CDC note that the study has shortcomings due to the small number of women studied. Even one of the study’s co-authors, Edward Belongia, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, and a member of the CDC's advisory committee on immunization practices, said the study does not show a causal relationship between flu vaccination and miscarriage.

For that reason, Heather Felton, M.D., medical director of the University of Louisville Pediatrics Clinic at Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre, echoes the CDC recommendation that pregnant women in all trimesters get the vaccine this flu season.

“Not only does the vaccine help keep the expectant mom protected from flu, but some of her antibodies will cross to the baby to protect the little one,” Felton said. “Babies can't get the flu vaccine until they are 6 months old so the protection they get during gestation is imperative.”

Expectant moms can make an appointment to get the vaccine, along with complete prenatal care, from UofL Physicians-General Obstetrics and Gynecology by calling 502-588-4400. After baby’s birth, Felton and other staff provide pediatric care at UofL Pediatrics-Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre on Eastern Parkway, 502-588-0700.

NCI Cancer Education Program Students Receive Best Poster Awards at 2017 Research!Louisville

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category

3rd place: Taylor Q. Nguyen  “Development of novel diagnostic methodologies for diagnosis and monitoring in melanoma” Mentor: Nichola Garbett

2nd place: Emily Martin  “Laser-Irradiated “Binary Bomb” Nanoparticles with Encapsulated Gold Nanorods and Chemotherapeutics selectively mediate Hepatocellular Carcinoma Apoptosis” Mentor: Robert CG Martin

1st place: Cecily Allen  “Understanding the Role of Hydralazine as an Epigenetic Cancer Therapy in Relation to N-Acetyltransferase Acetylator Phenotype” Mentor: David Hein

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category

3rd place: Megan Peterson  “Evaluating the Potential of Two Copper-Containing Compounds to Selectively Target Cancer Cells” Mentor: Paula Bates

2nd place: Roxana Gonzalez-Ramos  “Enhancement of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Virotherapy via Alkylating Agent-Induced Autophagy” Mentor: Jorge Gomez-Guttierez

1st place: Sarah McQuaide  “Genotypic Analysis of Mammary Carcinoma Susceptibility 3 Nominated Gene Expression Levels in Rat Mammary Glands” Mentor: David Samuelson

Photos of the award winners can be viewed here.

Full listing of all Research!Louisville winners can be viewed here.



Six Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Students Receive Top Research Poster Awards at Research!Louisville

2017 School of Medicine Graduate Student  Research!Louisville Winners

Doctoral Basic Science Graduate Student Awards

 2nd place: Cierra Sharp  “Worsened Renal Fibrosis in Kras4bG12D Lung Adenocarcinoma-Bearing Mice Treated with Repeated Dosing of Cisplatin may be EGFR-Mediated” Mentor: Leah Siskind

 2nd place: Marcus Stepp  “Acetylomic Analysis of Arylamine N-Acetyltransferase 1 Knockout in the MDA-MB-231 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Line” Mentor: David Hein

 1st place: John Caleb Greenwell  “Interplay between aging, lung remodeling, and fibronectin EDA in lung cancer progression” Mentor: Jesse Roman

Master’s Basic Science Graduate Student Award

2nd place Fengyuan Li  “CRAMP Deletion Exacerbates Alcohol-Induced Liver and Pancreas Injury via Regulation of Gut Microbiota and Systemic Inflammasome Activation” Mentor: Wenke Feng

 2nd place Jamie Young  “Effects of Early Life Chronic Exposure to Arsenic and Cadmium on the Development of Adult Cardiometabolic Syndrome” Mentor: Gavin Arteel

 1st place Joshua Royal  “Epicertin, A Cholera Toxin B Subunit Variant, Enhances Intestinal Wound Healing in a mouse acute colitis model and human ulcerative colitis colon explants” Mentor: Nobuyuki Matoba 

DOM members excel at 2017 Research!Louisville

Annual event highlights, promotes excellence and public awareness of health sciences research at the Louisville Medical Center
DOM members excel at 2017 Research!Louisville

Ming Song, Ph.D., of the UofL Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition receives the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation Faculty Award - Instructor at Research!Louisville 2017

Several members of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine made an impact at the recent 2017 Research!Louisville competitions, held in conjunction with the event's 22nd annual showcase of health/life sciences research conducted at UofL.

A panel of university faculty judges selected the winners of this year's contest from hundreds of entries in the categories of professional/clinical students, basic science grad students, postgraduates and faculty.

Here's a look at finished at or near the top in their respective categories:

Master's Basic Science Graduate Student Award

  • 2nd place: Fengyuan Li - CRAMP Deletion Exacerbates Alcohol-Induced Liver and Pancreas Injury via Regulation of Gut Microbiota and Systemic Inflammasome Activation. Mentor: Wenke Feng

Doctoral Basic Science Graduate Student Award

  • 1st place: John Caleb Greenwell - Interplay between aging, lung remodeling, and fibronectin EDA in lung cancer progression. Mentor: Jesse Roman

Postdoctoral Fellow Award

  • 2nd place: Hridgandh Donde - Tributyrin Administration Targets Alcohol-induced Pathogenic Mechanisms in the Gut-liver Axis: Relevance to the Development of Therapeutic Strategies in Alcoholic Liver Disease. Mentor: Shirish Barve
  • 1st place: Nazimuddin Khan - Human Guanylate Kinase: NMR structure determination and functional investigation of a new biomolecular target for lung cancer. Mentor: T. Michael Sabo

Research Associate Award

  • 2nd place: Ray Yeager - Residential Proximity to Green Vegetation is Negatively Associated with Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds. Mentor: Aruni Bhatnagar

Research Staff Award

  • Winner: Ernesto Pena Calderin - Exercise-Enhanced Macrophage Phagocytosis And Resolvin Biosynthesis Are Abrogated By A Diet High In Fat. Mentor: Jason Hellmann
  • Winner: Bryan Betty - Current Practice of Bronchodilator Reversibility Measurement Underestimates Asthma in the Older Adult

Public Health & Information Sciences

  • Master's Student Award: Thomas Chandler - Using Time to Clinical Stability to Predict Long-Term Mortality in Adult Patients Hospitalized for Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Results from the University of Louisville Pneumonia Study. Mentors: Paula Peyrani & Stephen Furmanek
  • Doctoral Student Award: Stacey Konkle - The Association of Volatile Organic Compound Exposures with Serum Lipids. Mentor: Aruni Bhatnagar

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category

  • 3rd place: Taylor Q. Nguyen - Development of novel diagnostic methodologies for diagnosis and monitoring in melanoma. Mentor: Nichola Garbett

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category

  • 3rd place: Megan Peterson - Evaluating the Potential of Two Copper-Containing Compounds to Selectively Target Cancer Cells. Mentor: Paula Bates

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Faculty Award - Instructor

  • Winner: Ming Song - Dietary Copper-Fructose Interactions Alter Gut Microbial Activity in Male Rats

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Faculty Award - Assistant Professor

  • Winner: Leila Gobejishvili - Correlation between the phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) family of enzymes and inflammatory and fibrotic markers in human livers

Louisville Chapter-Women in Medicine and Science

  • 3rd place: Jennifer Koch - Gender Differences in the Experience of Internal Medicine Residents

Excellence in Health Disparities Research Award

  • 1st place: Adam Neff - Prevalence and Risk Factors for Anal Dysplasia in HIV-negative and HIV-positive Men Who Have Sex with Men: Results from the 550 Clinic Cohort Study. Mentor: Paula Peyrani

UofL names chairs in departments of Family and Geriatric Medicine and Pediatrics

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has named chairs in two primary care departments within the UofL School of Medicine. The appointments were approved by the board at its Sept. 15 meeting.

Effective Oct. 1, Jonathan Becker, M.D., will be the chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., M.S., will be the chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

“I am so impressed with the leadership that both Jonathan and Charles have shown in their interim roles,” said Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the UofL School of Medicine. “They have ensured each of their departments has progressed in our missions of education, research and clinical care, even during challenging times. I am excited to see where each will take their teams.”

About Jonathan Becker

 Since the beginning of this year, Becker has led the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine as acting chair, following his three-year role as program director of the Family Medicine Residency and senior adviser of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Becker started at UofL in 2005 as an assistant professor and assistant director of residency training. He went on to become director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and team physician for UofL athletics in 2007; he continues to serve as the lead doctor for the UofL football and men’s basketball teams. Becker also was appointed academic advisory dean for the School of Medicine in 2010.

Becker, who also practices with UofL Physicians – Sports Medicine, has been involved in the community as a team physician and medical director for a number of events, including local races.

With nearly 100 regional and national presentations related to sports medicine, Becker has helped educate both health care workers and the public on topics ranging from concussion prevention to athletes and drug use. Becker has published almost two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is a reviewer for Journal of Family Practice and Sport Health.

Becker earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, and completed a family medicine residency and primary care sports medicine fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center.

About Charles R. Woods

 Woods has served in three successive administrative leadership roles within the Department of Pediatrics since January 2015 – associate chair, acting chair and interim chair. He succeeds Gerard Rabalais, M.D., interim CEO of UofL Physicians. 

The department has 193 faculty members in 21 clinical pediatric subspecialties and four research units. It is affiliated with Norton Children’s Hospital, where Woods serves as chief of the Medical Staff.

Woods came to UofL in 2006 as professor of pediatrics specializing in infectious diseases. He previously was on the faculty of the pediatrics department at Wake Forest University from 1992 to 2006. 

Woods founded the department’s health services research unit in 2012, which now has grants and contracts in excess of $2 million. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and assistant editor for biostatistical review for Pediatrics, the lead publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He has authored more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

He has received multiple teaching awards, including the 2017 Kentucky Medical Association’s Educational Achievement Award and the UofL School of Medicine’s 2013 Distinguished Educator Award. He has given more than 170 invited national and regional lectures. He has held multiple leadership positions in the AAP and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and currently has major roles in development of national clinical practice guidelines for both organizations.  

Woods earned his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital. He earned a master of science degree in epidemiology from Wake Forest University. He practices with UofL Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Cave garners $4 million NIEHS-NIH grant to continue innovative liver research (w/ VIDEO)

Funding will aid UofL gastroenterologist's research into long-term effects of environmental chemicals on the liver
Cave garners $4 million NIEHS-NIH grant to continue innovative liver research (w/ VIDEO)

Matthew C. Cave, M.D.


Matthew Cave, M.D., associate professor in the UofL Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, believes that chemicals we breathe, consume or come in contact with in the environment may be contributing to liver disease in as many as one in four people.

As a result of his research efforts in these areas, his studies have been awarded $4.01 million over eight years by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to explore the long-term effects of environmental chemicals on the liver.

"In environmental health, the study of liver disease is relatively new, particularly in the field of endocrine disrupting chemicals," Cave said. "These chemicals, such as bisphenol-A (BPA), found in plastic drink bottles, may cause endocrine and metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity, or make them worse."

With the NIEHS award, Cave plans to explore how any number of endocrine disrupting chemicals contribute to fatty liver disease. The flexible nature of the award allows him to redirect the research over the course of the funding, and adapt the work in light of new leads.

Cave is one of eight environmental health scientists receiving the new Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental health Research (RIVER) Outstanding Investigator Award from the NIEHS. Awardees were selected based on their record of innovative and impactful research.

Cave's eight-year funding is the maximum awarded for this program. The new RIVER awards differ from the NIH's traditional approach of funding projects designed to study specific aims, which can steadily produce new knowledge but may limit scientists when their results suggest new directions. Through RIVER, Cave will be able to explore novel directions of research in environmental liver disease.

"The RIVER program is designed to fund people, not projects," David Balshaw, Ph.D., chief of the NIEHS Exposure, Response and Technology Branch who leads the NIEHS team overseeing this initiative said. "It gives outstanding environmental health scientists stable funding, time, and importantly, flexibility to pursue creative scientific ideas, rather than constantly writing grants to support their research programs."

"This funding mechanism gives us the flexibility to study this evolving field and the freedom to pursue the hot leads as they develop,” Cave said. "I am very flattered to receive this award. It demonstrates the confidence the NIEHS has in my work."

While the specific projects will evolve over time, Cave's initial work will focus on exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and vinyl chloride. PCBs are chemical compounds previously used in electrical equipment and other products. Although banned from production in 1979, PCBs do not readily break down and can remain in the environment.

Vinyl chloride is used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), from which plastic pipes and other construction materials are formed. Both compounds are known to cause liver damage. Cave plans a multi-tiered research approach, beginning with cell cultures and animal models and then in humans.

As a framework for his research, Cave will establish the Environmental Liver Disease Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research Program (ELD-RIVER), a unique integrative and collaborative research program including collaborations with academia, government agencies, industry, and scientific/medical societies.

Cave and award co-investigator Juliane Beier Arteel, Ph.D., are collaborating with UofL's NIAAA Alcohol Research Center, Diabetes and Obesity Center, and researchers in cardiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.


Kosair Charities provides $1 million for children’s health care programs

Kosair Charities provides $1 million for children’s health care programs

The University of Louisville has received $1 million from Kosair Charities to support four health-related programs designed to benefit our most precious gift, our children.

The largest portion of funds will support the Department of Pediatrics’ Forensics Medicine team who work to identify, evaluate, document and prevent child abuse and neglect. Other programs supported include the UofL Autism Center at Kosair Charities, the Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit and the Division of Child Neurology.

“For decades, Kosair Charities has been an unwavering supporter of our efforts to make the lives of our children better,” said Gregory Postel, M.D., interim president of the University of Louisville. “Our partnership with Kosair Charities continues to bring about new knowledge and enables that knowledge to be put into practical use. This commitment of support is critical to our ability to recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff.”

Through the years, Kosair has provided more than $30 million in philanthropic support to the university in its efforts to provide the highest quality health care possible to children.

“The services that UofL provides to the children of Kentucky and beyond are invaluable,” said Jerry Ward, chairman of the Kosair Charities Board of Directors. “The faculty and staff have an unending desire to make the lives of children better. It is a privilege to partner with such an organization.”

The Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at UofL was the first pediatric physical abuse and neglect assessment program established in Kentucky. The formal consultation service provides medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation and follow-up of suspected cases of child physical abuse and neglect.

The University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities is committed to building a collaborative partnership among the area’s leading autism resources. Incorporating services from the Bingham Clinic, the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center and the Kentucky Autism Training Center, this center furthers each partner’s mission to provide evaluation and evidence-based treatment and interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In addition, the Center promotes clinical research in ASD and provides training for caregivers and educators working with children with ASD. The UofL Autism Center also collaborates with community agencies to build a statewide network for the development of regional centers across Kentucky.

The Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (KCPCRU) is the region’s first state-of-the-art clinical facility dedicated solely to conducting inpatient and outpatient pediatric clinical pharmacology studies. The primary mission of the KCPCRU, which opened in May 2002, is threefold: research (clinical and translational), clinical service and education/training. More than 1,000 subjects have been enrolled in clinical trials since 2002.

The Division of Child Neurology in the UofL Department of Neurology provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for infants and children with disorders of the nervous system.

M&I Welcomes Incoming Students of 2017

Monday, August 7, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology welcomed  the incoming M&I graduate students with a luncheon in the CTRB. Incoming students include Anne Geller, Melissa Henckel, Zak Henn, Claire Jones, Consolee Karangwa, Trey Landers, and Rejeena Shrestha.



UofL Department of Medicine boasts over a dozen 'Top Docs' for 2017

Annual survey conducted by Louisville Magazine and Greater Louisville Medical Society leads to accolades for several UofL medicine faculty
UofL Department of Medicine boasts over a dozen 'Top Docs' for 2017

Louisville Magazine recently honored 13 faculty members from the UofL Department of Medicine as "Top Docs" for 2017.

A group of 14 members of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine were recently recognized as "Top Docs" as voted on by their peers in the Louisville medical community in the August 2017 edition of Louisville Magazine.

According to the guidelines of the survey, questionnaires were sent to the more than 2,000 members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society asking the question, "If you or a member of your family were in need of medical care or treatment, who among the Louisville-area doctors would you choose to provide medical care in the following specialties?"

From the UofL Department of Medicine, those recognized include (categories as listed in the publication):

UofL Cancer Education Program undergraduates to present research Friday Aug 4

UofL Cancer Education Program undergraduates will present their research projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium scheduled for Friday, Aug 4 from noon to 3 pm on the first floor of the Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building.  This year's class can be viewed here and their research posters can be viewed here.  A short video clip from WHAS news can be viewed here.

Continuing Professional Development for Faculty

Continuing Professional Development for Faculty
The authors of this Invited Commentary describe a key element missing from most of the reform efforts underway in our academic medical centers—the preparation of faculty for new models of health care and educational practice. CLICK HERE to read the full text.

UofL honors David Novak and family

Names new pediatric facility Novak Center for Children’s Health
 UofL honors David Novak and family

The architectural rendering shows the Novak Center for Children’s Health, scheduled to open in July 2018 at the UofL Health Sciences Center.

In recognition of their outstanding support to the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, the University of Louisville today honored David Novak, his family and the Lift-A-Life Foundation by naming its new pediatrics medical office building the Novak Center for Children’s Health.

The Novak Center for Children’s Health is scheduled to open to patients in July 2018. The eight-story, 176,000-square-foot building is the first new health care facility in the Louisville Medical Center in nearly a decade.

“David Novak and his family continually demonstrate their strong commitment to the well-being of the children of Kentucky and beyond,” said Gregory C. Postel, M.D., interim president of the University of Louisville. “It is not just symbolic, but appropriate that one of the area’s premiere pediatric health care centers be named in their honor.”

In addition to financial support toward the construction of the Novak Center for Children’s Health, the Novak Family and the Lift-A-Life Foundation have been instrumental in the creation and growth of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center, which will have its outpatient services based in the new facility.

“At the University of Louisville, and through its primary children’s partner in Norton Healthcare, we have some of the premiere health care providers in the nation,” Novak said. “We now will have the world-class outpatient facility to match the level of care our children receive.”

One of the significant advantages of the new facility will be the ability for patients to see all their childhood health providers in a single location. Currently, patients and their caregivers oftentimes must travel to multiple buildings in the medical center to see providers.

The story of Noah Barone and his family demonstrates the significant change the new facility will make in the lives of patients and their families and caregivers. Since 2006, he has been fighting a rare brain disorder that has required him seeing providers in hematology, ophthalmology, neurology and more.

“Everyone person who has helped provide for Noah through the years has been exceptional,” said Geneva Barone, Noah’s mother. “At times, it has been inconvenient having to go to the varying locations to see everyone. To have everyone in a single location, and knowing that we will not have to travel throughout the medical center is wonderful. While everyone makes us feel like family, to have a single location to visit will be like having a medical home.”

“We are building the future of pediatric health care right here in Louisville,” said Charles Woods, M.D., interim chair of the UofL Department of Pediatrics. “This facility will enable us to transform how we deliver care by having our multidisciplinary teams located in one space so they can meet simultaneously with the patients and their families. This will eliminate substantial inconvenient delays and obstacles in our patients receiving the very best of care in the most time way possible.”

Parents, beware: Mosquitoes can bring illness with the itch

UofL pediatrician provides advice on avoiding bites to avoid sickness
Parents, beware: Mosquitoes can bring illness with the itch

The pesky mosquito can cause more than just an itchy welt; it also can bring on potentially life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Mosquitoes are as much a part of summertime as hot temperatures and outdoor picnics. But a University of Louisville pediatrician warns parents that preventing mosquito bites in children is important for their long-term health.

Besides making your kids uncomfortable, mosquito bites can cause an allergic reaction in some children, resulting in welts, lesions, bruises, a burning, itching sensation or hives. In extreme cases, an allergy to mosquito bites causes anaphylaxis, a rare, serious condition that results in swelling in the throat and wheezing and requires immediate medical attention.

Mosquitoes also can carry viruses with even greater long-term consequences, such as malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, yellow fever, West Nile virus and meningitis. While occurring rarely, these diseases are serious and life-threatening.

“I have lots of patient visits over the summer about mosquito bites,” said Heather Felton, M.D., an instructor in the UofL Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the UofL Pediatrics Clinic at Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre. “They are more than just pests, but with correct preventative measures, the incidence of mosquito bites can be greatly reduced.”

Here’s what parents can do:

  • Dress all children in clothing that covers their arms and legs
  • For infants and toddlers, use mosquito netting over their stroller.
  • For children older than 2 months, use insect repellant containing DEET.
  • Be sure your windows and doors have screens to keep pests out of the home.
  • Empty containers of standing water – the mosquito breeding ground – around your house.
  • See a pediatrician immediately if your child is bitten and then exhibits symptoms such as fever, wheezing, headache, body ache, nausea, rash or hives around the bite, sensitivity to light, confusion or muscle weakness in one area of the body.

“Parents can contact us any time if they have concern about a bite,” Felton said. “We have a nursing triage line and doctors on call, so if a parent is unsure about the seriousness of a mosquito bite, we encourage them to call immediately.”

The after-hours line is 502-242-0328 and the UofL Pediatrics Clinic at Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre is located at 982 Eastern Parkway.

UofL internal medicine training programs welcome new residents

Trainees welcomed with festive events as they prepare to set sail on next phase of their careers
UofL internal medicine training programs welcome new residents

New University of Louisville Internal Medicine residents enjoyed a carnival themed orientation as they prepared for their first day as trainees at UofL.


Hope springs eternal, and so it was for the incoming residents of the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The Class of 2020 was welcomed recently with a carnival themed orientation program, and then hit the ground running on July 1 at the various facilities where they will train.

Directed by Dr. Jennifer Koch, the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program completed a perfect match yet again in March 2017, filling 24 categorical and 13 preliminary positions.

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

"This is such an exciting time of year for the program, as we welcome so many new physicians to our residency programs!," Koch said. "Internship is an amazing year full of hard work, lots of learning, and plenty of fun, as well."

The programs have a tradition of educational leadership with nearly all of the program's internal medicine residents having successfully matched into their choice of fellowship over the past five years.

Also adding to the excitement on July 1 was the return of management of University of Louisville Hospital, the program's primary training facility, to University Medical Center, a non-profit affiliate of UofL.

"We in the internal medicine residency program  are excited about the management transition of UofL Hospital," Koch said. "We know this will translate into a variety of positive changes for our residents, as well as for our patients!"

Leadership Case for CME Academic Medicine 2017

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Free app helps providers treat patients grieving pregnancy loss, newborn death

UofL pediatrics faculty member part of project supported by Kimberly-Clark Nursing Research Award
Free app helps providers treat patients grieving pregnancy loss, newborn death

John Myers, Ph.D.

A group of University of Louisville researchers and engineers has developed a free mobile app designed to help health care providers easily assess and identify women in need of mental health care for intense grief after a pregnancy loss or death of a newborn.

Marianne Hutti, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., UofL School of Nursing professor, led research and development of the app, which makes scoring of the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale (PGIS) easier, predicting patients at greatest risk for intense grief after perinatal loss, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant within 28 days after birth.

The project was funded by a $10,000 grant through the Kimberly-Clark Nursing Research Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Co-investigators from UofL include John Myers, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics; Lynne Hall, Dr.P.H., R.N., associate dean for research and professor in the School of Nursing; Barbara J. Polivka, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair and professor in the School of Nursing; and nursing students Elizabeth Kloenne, Jaclyn Hayden, and Meredith Grisanti. Researchers from Norton Healthcare are Susan White, C.N.M., M.S., I.B.C.L.C., and Janice Hill, R.N. UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering Assistant Professor Adrian Lauf, Ph.D., and a group of his students worked with the researchers to create the app.

Health care providers use the app to ask a short series of questions related to how a woman perceives her perinatal loss. Based on responses, the app calculates a patient’s score on the PGIS and gives providers theoretically based suggestions for care.

The app predicts patients most likely to have clinical-level anxiety, depression and continuing intense grief three to five months after a perinatal loss. Providers are encouraged to use the PGIS as a post-hospitalization screening tool to identify women who should be referred for additional mental health evaluation.

Knowing how patients perceived their pregnancy and a subsequent loss is crucial. Responses to perinatal loss vary among women and the point during pregnancy when a loss occurs does not determine a patient’s grief response, Hutti said.

“Women with early losses can have very intense grief, just like women with later losses,” Hutti said. “The app ensures that health care providers are creating treatment plans that are congruent with how a woman is seeing her loss because some women grieve and other women don’t grieve, or will have a significantly less intense grief response than others.”

Patients can choose to have their results anonymously submitted to a database, allowing for further research.

The app is available to clinicians free at and Google Play.

‘Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play’

UofL pediatrician answers common questions about sports physicals
‘Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play’

Heather M. Felton, M.D.

University of Louisville pediatrician Heather M. Felton, M.D., wants parents to know that it is never too early to obtain required sports physical exams for students. In fact, now is the time to schedule the sports physical for the student athlete in your family by calling UofL Pediatrics at 502-588-0700.

Below, Felton provides answers to the most-asked questions about sport physicals:

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a comprehensive history and physical. In Kentucky, the sports physical form comes from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. In Indiana, the form can be obtained from the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Information about Catholic school athletics is available from the Catholic School Athletic Association. All leagures require that the form is signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or chiropractor (within scope of practice).

Who needs a sports physical?

In both Kentucky and Indiana, any middle school or high school student who plans to participate in a sport under the athletic association for that state will need a sports physical. You can always get a sports physical. It is better to have one and not have to use it than to miss out on playing.

How often do I have to get a sports physical?

A sports physical form is good for one calendar year. If you have your sports physical done in the spring semester, then it will still be good in the fall of the next school year.

I had a school physical; is that the same thing?

No. In Louisville, the Jefferson County Public Schools’ physical form is different from the sports physical form. If you need a sports form, then you must ask for it specifically.

When should I have my sports physical?

You should give yourself plenty of time before your physical is due. The doctor’s office gets busy as everyone is getting ready to go back to school, so make your appointment early. Most people don’t think about it at the end of the school year or early summer, but this is a great time to beat the rush. Also, if your doctor finds an abnormality in the physical, then you may need additional work-up before you are cleared to play sports, so you want to give yourself plenty of time.

Is there anything I can do to be ready for my sports physical?

The Kentucky sports physical form is long and has approximately 60 questions to answer before you see your doctor. You can download your form from the KHSAA website prior to your appointment and have it already filled out. The forms for other leagues are similarly lengthy. If you don’t have a form, ask for it as soon as you get to your doctor’s office. You can fill out the form in the waiting room and it will save you some time once see the doctor.

Where can I find out more information about sports physicals?

Contact UofL Pediatrics at 502-588-0700  or visit the websites of the KHSAA, IHSAA, JCPS Sports or the Catholic School Athletic Association.

Chesney appointed as new chief of UofL oncology/hematology division

Internationally renowned cancer physician and researcher also serves as cancer center director
Chesney appointed as new chief of UofL oncology/hematology division

Dr. Jason Chesney

Jason A. Chesney, M.D., Ph.D., has been named as the new Chief of the University of Louisville Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology within the UofL Department of Medicine.

Chesney, a Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology was recently named as acting director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, a nationally recognized site for the testing of novel immunotherapeutic approaches against multiple solid tumor types.

He also currently holds the Brinkley Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research at UofL, and succeeds Donald Miller, M.D., Ph.D., who served as the division chief since 1999 and will return to the division faculty.

Chesney, who came to UofL in 2003, obtained his B.A. in anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, followed by a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the U of M, and then his M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

After undergoing internship training in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, he underwent residency training at both Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

He served as Senior Scientist at the Picower Institute for Medical Research (Manhasset, NY) and later as Clinical Fellow in the Division of Immunology at Weil Medical College, Cornell University.

Following those stints, he engaged in post-graduate clinical training in medical oncology and hematology at Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Dr. Chesney has become known internationally for his efforts in the management of melanoma, innovative research in cancer metabolism, and work in clinical trials of novel immunotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer. This research has led to several patents and over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and is currently funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute.

In addition, he is the principal or co-investigator of several trials testing cutting-edge immunotherapeutic agents and currently serves as UofL's principal investigator for the NCI Institutional NRG Cooperative Oncology Group trials.

Dr. Chesney and his team represent the force behind the clinical trials program at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and he has also gained a reputation as an outstanding lecturer and mentor, having mentored many successful trainees and junior faculty.

UofL group makes an impact at 2017 American Thoracic Society conference

Faculty and trainees from the University of Louisville make an impact at annual international conference
UofL group makes an impact at 2017 American Thoracic Society conference

UofL pulmonary fellow Dr. Molly Howsare with her poster presentation at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, D.C.

A strong contingent from the University of Louisville Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Medicine, and Infectious Diseases, took part in the recent 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference, an annual meeting of the largest respiratory society in the world.

Held this year in Washington, D.C., the UofL contingent made many and various contributions throughout the six-day event.

Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the UofL Department of Medicine, presented a "Year in Review" talk on Respiratory Health Equity, while Dr. Julio Ramirez, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, discussed tuberculosis at a workshop focusing on the respiratory health of migrant and refugee populations.

In addition, fellows and faculty from the pulmonary and infectious diseases divisions, as well as internal medicine residents presented many pieces of research work and participated in thematic poster, poster discussion, and symposium sessions.

Their presentation addressed important issues related to a diverse of clinical problems ranging from critical care, pulmonary hypertension and COPD to pneumonia and septic shock.

Those presentations include: