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:

UofL tops out new pediatric medical office building

Facility scheduled to open July 2018
UofL tops out new pediatric medical office building

The first new health care delivery facility to be constructed in the Louisville Medical Center in nearly a decade reached its full height today. The University of Louisville celebrated the topping off the Pediatrics Medical Office Building with the ceremonial placement of the final, signed beam.

The 171,000 sq. ft. facility will be home to the general pediatrics and the specialty and subspecialty children’s programs of the university. This will include not only caregivers from the Department of Pediatrics, but also from other departments including neurology, ophthalmology and surgery.

“This facility symbolizes the growth of our efforts to meet the health care needs of the children of Louisville, the region, and beyond,” said Gregory C. Postel, M.D., interim president of the University of Louisville. “Our breadth of services has grown to the point that it makes sense for us to have our own facility, as opposed to locations scattered throughout the Louisville Medical Center.”

“For decades we have provided high quality care to our patients. Now we will be able to bring an equally high quality experience to them and their caregivers,” said Gerard Rabalais, M.D., interim CEO of University of Louisville Physicians and former chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “Further, we truly will be able to provide them with a medical home, something that we continue to learn is so important for people. A home where we are bringing together nearly all of the services we provide to children in an outpatient setting with a truly multidisciplinary approach. This is the future of health care delivery, especially for our children.”

The outpatient services of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center also will be located in the building. Norton Children’s Hospital also will be providing care within the building including infusion and laboratory services.

UofL officials anticipate nearly 140,000 patient visits per year. Additionally, approximately 500 employees and learners will inhabit the building.

These people will be there not only to provide patient care, but also because of the educational and training mission of the health sciences center. The multidisciplinary approach to the care provided will carry over into this mission as well.

“Our thinking about how we educate our future health care providers has changed significantly in recent years,” said Toni Ganzel, M.D., interim executive dean for the UofL Health Sciences Center. “We no longer provide information in very discrete silos, but rather integrate the information in a multidisciplinary manner. This is applicable not only in the classroom, but also with our clinical training. We have come to understand how important it is for the surgeon to talk with the general physician and the nursing staff and nutritionists so that we have a team approach to patient centered care.”

“One of our guiding principles in the design and construction of this building is how to make the delivery of care more convenient for our patients,” said Charles Woods, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “By bringing together the specialists who focus on children into a single location, we hope it will transform how care is delivered and education and training are provided. It is very exciting to see this coming together.”

The building is scheduled to open in July 2018.



Eight Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students receive degrees at May 2017 commencement

Eight Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students were awarded degrees at the May 2017 commencement.  Nicole M. Jackson-Santerre received the School of Medicine 2017 Student Diversity Award.  Graduates and their faculty mentors:




Dissertation/Thesis Title

Elizabeth M. Hollis


Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D.

Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing graft dysfunction: a non-invasive alternative to renal biopsies

Al Hassan Kyakulaga


Ramesh C. Gupta, Ph.D.

Withaferin A synergistically enhances the effect of paclitaxel against lung cancer

Stephan L. Wechman


Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Characterization of a mutant oncolytic adenovirus and the role of JNK in enhancing virotherapy

Nicole M. Jackson-Santerre


Brian P. Ceresa, Ph.D.

Identifying the signaling mechanisms of EGFR-mediated apoptosis

Jaspreet S. Grewal


Jason A. Chesney, M.D., Ph.D.

Targeting the glucose metabolism of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) to stimulate cancer immunity

Christine E. Dolin


Juliane Beier Arteel, Ph.D.

The effects of moderate alcohol consumption and inflammation on the hepatic matrisome and the renal cortex proteome

Christopher P. Shidal


Keith R. Davis, Ph.D.

Combating malignant melanoma with the multifaceted soy-derived peptide lunasin

Aaron M. Neely


Chi Li, Ph.D.

The interaction of homoserine lactones and paraoxonase 2 modulates cell death signaling and cell proliferation


From Bosnian refugee to physician

Meliha Hrustanovic-Kadic developed a passion for medicine while serving as a translator for her aging grandfather during hospital visits. On Saturday, she will graduate from UofL School of Medicine
From Bosnian refugee to physician

Meliha Hrustanovic-Kadic

When she was eight years old, Meliha Hrustanovic-Kadic and her family fled war-torn Bosnia as refugees. They settled in Bowling Green, Ky., adapting as quickly as they could to the new language and culture.

Soon afterward, her grandfather arrived in the United States as well, but his health quickly deteriorated.

“I was the oldest of my siblings and the oldest of the grandchildren. I found myself riding in an ambulance with my grandfather on a frequent basis. I became his interpreter for every emergency room visit and hospital stay. As his condition unfortunately worsened, my curiosity and passion for medicine grew.”

Early in her college career, she made it official.

“I declared pre-medicine as my major during my sophomore year at Western Kentucky University. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

Hrustanovic-Kadic considered other medical schools, but knew she wanted to be at UofL.

“I felt a welcoming atmosphere from the start and loved how diverse it was. I wanted to attend a medical school that excelled in patient care, research, teaching and was involved in the community. UofL has surpassed all of my expectations.”

Hrustanovic-Kadic appreciates the school’s commitment to students’ well-being, with wellness initiatives, mental health counseling, an active LGBT program and diversity events. As a medical student at UofL, she has served as a representative on the diversity committee and volunteers for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

“So many individuals, from instructors and attendings to fellow medical students to the medical student affairs staff, have become like family over the years.”

Wartime displacement prevented her parents from completing higher education, which, combined with learning a new language, put the best jobs out of reach. Ultimately, they reached for the American Dream, opening their own transportation company.

“I was 15 at the time and have helped them manage it ever since,” Hrustanovic-Kadic said. She has continued to support the family business even during medical school.

“We function as a team and everyone tries to pitch in to help when they can. Don’t ask me how I’ve balanced everything because I don’t even know – perhaps a mix of good time management and organization, along with a ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’ attitude!”

Her family has supported her during her medical education as well, with frequent visits to Louisville and even preparing her favorite Bosnian foods – krofne, pita, hurmasice and others – during exam weeks.

“You name a way and I can assure you they’ve done it – emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially,” Hrustanovic-Kadic said. “I cannot even begin to describe just how important a supportive family is, especially through medical school.”

She will receive her diploma at the UofL School of Medicine Convocation on Saturday, but her days at UofL are not over. Hrustanovic-Kadic will remain at UofL to pursue residency in internal medicine.

“I enjoy taking care of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings and there are so many interesting routes one can take with a career in internal medicine. I am looking forward to the experiences I will gain during residency.”

Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Students Receive ASPET Awards

Samantha Carlisle received a graduate student research award from the Drug Metabolism Division of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for her research poster presented at the 2017 annual meetings of Experimental Biology held in Chicago, April 2017.  Samantha is a PhD candidate carrying out  dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. David Hein.

Zimple Kurlawala received a graduate student travel award from the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) to present her research poster at the 2017 annual Experimental Biology meeting held in Chicago, April 2017.  Zimple is a PhD candidate carrying out dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Levi Beverly.


Tuo Shao received a graduate student travel award from the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) to present his research poster at the 2017 annual Experimental Biology meeting held in Chicago, April 2017.  Tuo is a PhD candidate carrying out dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Wenke Feng.

Saad tabbed to lead UofL pulmonary division

Veteran UofL pulmonologist, sleep medicine specialist takes the reins as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine at The University of Louisville
Saad tabbed to lead UofL pulmonary division

Dr. Mohamed A. Saad

Mohamed A. Saad, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, associate professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, has been named Chief of the UofL Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine according to Jesse Roman, M.D., FACP, FACCP, Chairman of Louisville's Department of Medicine.

Saad takes over the post from Roman, who had served as interim division chief since 2013.

"I have come to know Mohamed Saad as a tremendous advocate for the division's faculty and fellows, a multi-faceted clinician, an educator, and a loyal faculty member of the department," Roman said. "This position of service requires selflessness, but also a vision for the future, stamina, and, importantly, courage to take the difficult decisions. I am convinced that Dr. Saad has what it takes to do an outstanding job as our new pulmonary leader. "

Dr. Saad joined the UofL pulmonary division as assistant professor in 2002 and has served in several capacities, including Director of Respiratory Therapy and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at University of Louisville Hospital (ULH), Director of the Pulmonary Fellowship Program since 2005, Medical Director of the UofL Physicians Sleep Center, and Director of Critical Care Service and Section Chief at Jewish Hospital.

Saad has also served on over 14 important committees of hospitals and the university including his current service on the Physician Engagement Task Force at ULH and his role as Co-Chair of Blood Utilization Committee, member of the Medicine Q&A Committee, and the Credentialing Committee at Jewish Hospital.

"I am honored and privileged to serve as division chief of pulmonary and critical care," Saad said. "Over the past 15 years I was fortunate to be part of the growth in the pulmonary and critical care division with the arrival of Dr. Roman and his colleagues in 2009. I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of outstanding leaders of the division."

Dr. Saad obtained his medical degree from Alexandria University in Egypt, underwent internal medicine residency training at the Fairview Health System in Cleveland, OH, and pursued fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Louisville.

Saad is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), American College of Chest Physicians (FACCP), and American Academy of Sleep Medicine (FAASM), as well as a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.

The UofL Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine is engaged in world-class clinical care, education and research in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, interventional pulmonology, lung transplant, pulmonary hypertension, sleep medicine, and critical care.  It houses a robust clinical trials program as well as three basic science laboratories supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and industry.

The division's mission is to deliver excellent, efficient, state-of-the-art and evidence-based medical care to patients; provide outstanding educational and training opportunities for students, residents and post-graduate trainees; and promote and foster multi-disciplinary clinical and basic science research programs designed to improve our understanding of lung health and disease with the goal of improving quality of life, and preserving and restoring respiratory and sleep health.

Department implements Erasmus + Programme with Democritus University of Thrace

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has implemented an Erasmus + Programme with Democritus University of Thrace.  The Erasmus + Programme is funded by the European Union to facilitate exchange of faculty and students between partner universities. 

The faculty members participating in this year's exchange are Dr. Sotiria Boukouvala from Democritus University of Thrace and Dr. David Hein from the University of Louisville.  Dr. Boukouvala visited UofL April 3-7 and met with faculty and students to describe the Erasmus + Programme and to present her current research.  Dr. Hein is scheduled to visit Democritus University of Thrace in late May.

Angeliki Lykoudi is a student enrolled in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program at Democritus University of Thrace funded through the Erasmus + Programme to complete research April through June 2017 at the University of Louisville. Her research project is a collaborative effort between Dr. Boukouvala, Dr. David Hein and Dr. Gavin Arteel.


Callen honored with AAD's Master Dermatologist Award

UofL dermatology chief honored as a model and inspiration to his colleagues in the profession
Callen honored with AAD's Master Dermatologist Award

Jeffrey P. Callen, M.D., FACP, FAAD, MACR

Jeffrey Callen, M.D., already has a crowded awards display, but there's always room for more accolades.

Callen, professor of dermatology and Chief of the University of Louisville Division of Dermatology, was recently awarded the Master Dermatologist Award by the American Academy of Dermatology.

The award was presented in March at the AAD's 75th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

Established in 1984, the Master Dermatologist Award recognizes an Academy member who, throughout the span of his or her career, has made significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology as well as to the leadership and educational programs of the Academy.

According to the AAD, Callen was honored for his extraordinary and vast contributions to the field of dermatology through academic work, curriculum development, authorship of hundreds of publications, and for continued leadership, mentorship and service at the local, state, and national levels.

Criteria to be eligible for the award includes the recipient possessing a national or international presence, having well-recognized expertise, be a longstanding member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and not a sitting member of the Member Recognition Committee.

As the Master Dermatologist Award recipient, Callen will be recognized in Dermatology World, a photograph of Callen will be added to the Heritage Wall at the Academy Headquarters and his name will appear on the 2017 Academy's Honors and Awards Kiosk which is displayed at the Annual meeting.

A world-renowned dermatologist, Callen joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 1977, attaining the rank of professor in 1988 and being appointed as chief of the Division of Dermatology the same year.

Among his accomplishments, he served on the Board of Directors of the Dermatology Foundation from 1983-88; the American Academy of Dermatology from 1994-98 and 2003-04 as vice president; and the Association of Professors of Dermatology since 2003. He was the chair of the Council on Education of the American Academy of Dermatology 2003-07. He has been a member of the board of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Dermatological Association.

He is a past president of the Medical Dermatology Society and was awarded the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In 2009 Callen received the Thomas Pearson, Ph.D. Education Award from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Callen is the author or co-author of 84 original articles, 181 case reports, 149 review articles, 50 editorials, 15 books, 276 book chapters and 165 abstracts. He has served as editor or deputy editor of the Archives of Dermatology, Journal Watch Dermatology and the Dermatology Section of UpToDate. He is currently the associate editor of JAMA Dermatology. His book, Dermatologic Signs of Systemic Disease, now in its fifth edition, was recently published.

Locally, Callen has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Vocational Services, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation and the Speed Art Museum.

Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Students receive awards at annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students received awards for their research findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology held March 12-16 in Baltimore, MD.

Laila Al-Eryani

Laila Al-Eryani received the Battelle Student Research Award from the Dermal Toxicology Specialty Section.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Chris States.          

Qian Lin  received a travel award from the Society of Toxicology and a 2nd place renal toxicology award for her presentation.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Yi Tan.

Lauren Poole received a travel award from the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Gavin Arteel.

Who owns our cells?

New movie raises questions of medical ethics; researcher already at work helping to develop answers
Who owns our cells?

Dr. Kyle Brothers, inset, is researching ethical issues involved in the collection and storing of human specimens - questions raised in a new movie with Rose Byrne, left, and Oprah Winfrey, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

As HBO prepares to premiere the movie adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling 2010 book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the discussion begins anew about ethical standards related to patient specimens collected by biorepositories. It is a discussion Kyle Brothers, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics is now helping to shape.

Brothers is teaming with researchers at Case Western Reserve University to take a look at networks of biorepositories across the United States. Biorepositories are the facilities at universities, hospitals, laboratories and elsewhere where blood, tissue and other human specimens are frozen and stored, along with data about the donors of these samples.

With a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and its National Human Genome Research Institute, the research team is examining the clash of personal privacy concerns with the need to broaden and share the tools of research – a bioethical dilemma.

That type of dilemma is at the heart of the Henrietta Lacks’ story. Poor, African American and living in segregated Baltimore, Lacks was an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells were used without her or her family’s knowledge to create the first immortal cell line in the early 1950s. The HeLa cell line has become one of the most important tools in medicine, vital in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Lacks, however, died of cervical cancer in 1951, and never knew of her contribution to medicine.

In 2013, the National Institutes of Health and some members of the Lacks family reached an agreement guaranteeing that genetic information about Henrietta’s cell line would not be shared without prior NIH review. However, profits made from use of the cell line have never been shared with the Lacks family, and as recently as February of this year, some members of the family indicated they still intend to sue for compensation.

“The story of Henrietta Lacks illustrates the kind of ethical dilemmas we wrestle with, particularly as samples and data are shared across networks of multiple biorepositories working together,” said Brothers, who appeared in 2011 on a panel discussion with Sonny Lacks, one of Henrietta’s sons, discussing these issues at Belmont University in Nashville.

“What policies should be in place to guide these efforts? What commitments have physicians and researchers made to participants? How they can keep those commitments when they share this information with others? These are the tough questions we are researching and ultimately, helping to develop frameworks for answers.”

The movie version of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” debuts April 22, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT on HBO.


About ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used without her consent to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized — but allowed at the time — harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

George C. Wolfe directs from his screenplay; Oprah Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher executive produce. A Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic production. Premieres April 22

UofL residency programs celebrate another successful Match Day (w/ VIDEO)

Solid incoming classes fill all available spots for Internal Medicine, Combined Med-Peds residency groups
UofL residency programs celebrate another successful Match Day (w/ VIDEO)

UofL fourth-year medical students celebrate Match Day 2017, when they find out where they will continue their medical education residency's.


"Match Madness" was in full effect on St. Patrick's Day for fourth-year medical students at the University of Louisville.

March 17 was Match Day at UofL, and elsewhere nationwide, as they opened their envelopes from the National Residency Match Program to find where they had been matched for their future training as residents.

"I am pleased to announce a very successful match for the Internal Medicine Residency Program!" Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP, Director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "I am excited to train this excellent group of physicians. They are a diverse and accomplished group of people who will have a lot to add to our residency program."

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 13 preliminary positions.

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

"I am so excited to welcome this group into our residency program," Workman said. "They are all truly excellent candidates and I look forward to working with each of them over the next four years."

Our incoming Class of 2020 includes:

Categorical Residents

  • Jonathan Alexander - St. George's University
  • Sundus Bhatti - Aga Khan University
  • Sruti Brahmandam - Northeast Ohio University
  • Jordan Cole - The Ohio State University
  • Sally Condon - St. George's University
  • Harrison Daniel - University of Tennessee
  • B. Tice Dunlavy - University of Tennessee
  • Michael Fashinpaur - Saint Louis University
  • Surosree Ganguli - University of Tennessee
  • Saarik Gupta - Northeast Ohio University
  • Meliha Hrustanovic-Kadic - University of Louisville
  • Erik Jeanes - Edward Via College
  • Brock Kabat - Southern Illinois University
  • Ryan Kaufman - University of Louisville
  • William Linville - Lake Erie College
  • Gregory Miller - Nova Southeastern
  • Quang Nguyen - University of Louisville
  • Christopher Reed - Indiana University
  • Samuel Reynolds - University of South Florida
  • Sara Sadeghi - University of Louisville
  • Aakash Shah - University of Cincinnati
  • Amal Shine - Kasturba Medical College
  • W. Tyler Smith - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fitsum Woldesellassie - Augusta University


Preliminary Residents

  • Frederick Blodi - Des Moines University
  • Stephen Brown - University of Louisville
  • C. Alexander Carrasquer - University of Louisville
  • J. Trent Dixon - University of Louisville
  • Tyler Geers - University of Louisville
  • Joshua Heath - University of Louisville
  • Mohammed Ismail - University of Pikeville
  • Laeia Jackson - Meharry Medical College
  • Galina Mamaliga - University of Louisville
  • Robert Spaulding - University of Louisville
  • Trevor Stone - University of Louisville
  • Pritee Taxak - Marshall University
  • Emily Tiwana - University of Louisville


Combined Med-Peds Residents

  • Cristina Giles - Louisiana State University-New Orleans
  • Caleb Huber - Indiana University
  • Travis Huffman - University of Pikeville
  • Briana Kasman - Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Adrienne Roark - The Ohio University


VIDEO: Match Day 2017

raiseRED collects $459,402 for pediatric cancer research

raiseRED collects $459,402 for pediatric cancer research

Dancers do their thing at raiseRED 2017.

After 18 hours straight in their dancing shoes, more than 1,000 UofL students had one last dance to go to see if their pleas to help pediatric cancer research were good enough.

The last song was mix of some of the hits they’d listened to during the raiseRED Dance Marathon, Friday and Saturday, in the SAC Multipurpose Room.

As the words “I’m gonna stand by you” from Rachel Platten blared from the speakers, raiseRED’s executive board unveiled the total amount raised number by number on poster boards: $459,402.50.

The crowd erupted. On stage, raiseRED’s executive board hugged, cried and pumped their fists in the air, celebrating a year of hard work.

The 2017 total is the most the group has ever raised. More than 1,100 dancers, also a record, participated in the marathon. Each dancer committed to raise at least $100 to participate.

“I thank you for believing in our mission and giving hope to these families,” said Ellie Romes, operations director for raiseRed.


Money goes directly to support pediatric cancer research and care at the University of Louisville. As the students celebrated their success, Ashok Raj, MD, stood not far away in awe of the students, admiring their “selflessness, compassion and love.”

Raj, UofL’s interim chief, division of pediatric hematology and oncology, went on to explain,”We had 78 families last year that heard that dreaded word: your child has cancer.”

The money raised from raiseRED can have a huge impact on young patients and their families. Money from the fundraiser has helped fund research on cancer vaccines, as well as provided clinical improvements to support families, including a full-time social worker.

Raj arrived at around 8 a.m. Saturday to cheer the students on and let them know he stood with them. He said he would never be able to find the right words to thank them for their service.

“This just makes you feel like humanity still exists,” Raj said.

The marathon kicked off at 6 p.m. Friday. Throughout the night, dancers heard words of encouragement from those impacted by pediatric cancer. It was also fun, though, with themed-hours like a “Rave Hour,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “2 Legit 2 Sit.”

Supporters also stopped by, including interim President Greg Postel, Louie the Cardinal Bird, UofL student athletes, The Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses and even some Disney Princesses.

Leigha Moore, a sophomore from Union, stood not far from the stage after the final announcement, exhausted, but joyful. She’s danced in the marathon for four years, and each year, sees the amount raised beat the previous year.

She started dancing because she’s known people touched by cancer.

And though the 18-hour marathon takes it’s toll on her, she said it was worth it to be able to step up and help families and the community.

“It’s really emotional to see this total,” Moore said.

‘Running Man’ joins the cause

Connor Jackson, an engineering student from Mt. Sterling, could hear some of the students from back of the room. He was not among the dancers – he instead spent a good portion of the evening on a treadmill, running to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

Whenever he stepped off of the treadmill, another student hopped on to keep the treadmill going. In all, students ran 92 miles. Jackson ran 52.4 – the equivalent of two marathons – on his own. His friend, Alex Lavesque, a Bowling Green sophomore, ran 20.2 miles.

Jackson, dubbed “Running Man” for the night, said the dancers and families stopped by to offer support. And from the stage, he could hear some of the stories from families who had been impacted by raiseRED.

“Some of the stories got me misty-eyed,” he said.

raiseRED is continuing to take donations online at Photos from the event are available online

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PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology Partnership Established with Ain Shams University

UofL residents fulfill another successful fellowship match

Class of 2017 continues trend of near perfection in fellowship matches for UofL internal medicine residents
UofL residents fulfill another successful fellowship match

Many members of the of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program seeking fellowship appointments were matched successfully for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Several members of the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program were successful in their quest for fellowship matches following their graduation in 2017, including five who will continue their training at UofL.

"Once again, the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program is happy to announce an excellent match for our residents who sought fellowship positions!" Dr. Jennifer Koch, director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "We are very proud of their hard work which led to such a successful outcome. The high levels of scholarship and clinical excellence among our residents are evident in these results."

Over the past five years, nearly all of the program's internal medicine residents have successfully matched into their choice of fellowship.

"It is always a joy to see our residents move to the next stage of their careers successfully," Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine said. "They are fully prepared to maneuver the ever-changing climate of healthcare and we can't be more proud. They represent the face of the department and I know they will represent us well."

Those from The University of Louisville who matched for 2017-2018 include:


Shifat Ahmed

Lisanne Anders

Chris Angus

Michael Burk

Corey Cavanaugh

Chris Clarke

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Very sad news: Professor Steve Myers passed away December 4, 2016

Very sad news:  Professor Steve Myers passed away December 4, 2016

Dr. Steve Myers

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we communicate the recent passing of Steven R. Myers, PhD on December 4, 2016.  Dr. Myers was recruited to the University of Louisville in 1991. He was promoted through the ranks to Professor and Associate Chair for Professional Education in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  

Dr. Myers served as course director for numerous pharmacology-based courses taught to medical, dental, nursing, graduate, and undergraduate students. He was recognized for his innovation in teaching via receipt of the Health Science Center Technology Innovation Teaching Award and by his nomination for numerous teaching awards at the University of Louisville. 

Dr. Myers also had an outstanding international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.  He was the founding editor of the Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development.  He was frequently invited as a teacher and examiner of medical and graduate students at universities in Egypt and the Caribbean. He was very active and successful in international educational and research collaborations, particularly in EgyptHe led the effort to initiate a PhD partnership with Cairo University and Ain Shams University.  He served as an invited plenary speaker and keynote speaker at international meetings held in Egypt last year.  He chaired an international symposium entitled “Recent Challenges beyond the Usual Toxicological and Public Health Challenges in Africa” at the annual meetings of the Society of Toxicology.  

Dr. Myers had an active research career including studies of drug and xenobiotic metabolism and biomarkers of chemical exposure and effects.  He developed the first widely applicable biomarker for human exposure to PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) through his development of chromatographic and mass spec techniques which allowed the detection of hemoglobin adducts of PAH in maternal and fetal blood.

Dr. Myers served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency technical qualifications review panel for the evaluation of individuals for promotion in the United States government and frequent reviewer of NIH grant proposals.  He was a member of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Study Section.

Dr. Myers served as editor or associate editor of several scientific journals.  He held leadership positions in several scientific organizations, including Vice President and President of the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology, Chair of the Awards Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society for Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.

Dr. Myers served on numerous committees within the School of Medicine and at the University. These committees included the School of Medicine Faculty Forum (including service as secretary and vice chair), University of Louisville Graduate Council, University of Louisville Faculty Senate and its Academic Programs Committee,  the School of Medicine Admissions Committee,  Educational Policy Committee, and Second Year Curriculum Committee, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Committee, and the Department Faculty Teaching Evaluation Committee he chaired.

His contributions to the University of Louisville and the nation are substantial and he will be deeply missed by his colleagues and students.  A special resolution in recognition of his service was adopted by the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology on December 6, 2016 and by the University of Louisville Faculty Senate on December 7, 2016.

He is survived by his wife Jane and children Alex and Katie, both of whom are currently enrolled as UofL students.  As stated in his obituary,  in lieu of flowers, memorials for Professor Myers can be designated for graduate student support in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Gifts should be made out to "UofL Foundation" and mailed to UofL Foundation Cardinal Station, 215 Central Ave. Ste. 300, Louisville, KY, 40208.  In the memo area of the check, indicate "In Memory of Steven Myers."

Groundwork laid for additional collaboration with Wenzhou Medical University of China

Groundwork laid for additional collaboration with Wenzhou Medical University of China

UofL and Wenzhou representatives

Faculty and students at UofL and Wenzhou Medical University of Wenzhou, Zhejiang in China have new opportunities for collaboration thanks to an international letter of understanding signed by UofL and WMU officials on Friday at UofL. The two-year agreement facilitates the exchange of faculty, students and information for educational and research purposes.

Lu Fan, M.D., O.D., president of WMU, Liang Guang, Ph.D., dean of the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and other WMU representatives visited UofL on Nov. 11 to meet with Dale Billingsley, Ph.D., acting provost at UofL, Mordean Taylor-Archer, Ph.D., vice provost for diversity and international affairs, David Hein, Ph.D., vice provost for academic strategy, and administrators of the UofL School of Medicine. Fan, Taylor-Archer and Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, signed the agreement, which expresses the desire of both universities to pursue mutually beneficial collaboration on educational and research activities. 

The agreement reinforces an existing partnership between WMU and UofL’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, which was signed in 2013. Nine graduate students from WMU are enrolled in the Ph.D. program in pharmacology and toxicology at UofL.

UofL and WMU officials hope the agreement will lead to additional partnership activities, particularly involving the UofL Department of Pediatrics. 


Nov. 17, 2016

UofL Cancer Education Program Students Present Invited Talks at International Cancer Conference

Christian Bradley and Tiana Martin delivered invited presentations of their cancer research projects at the Biennial Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Conference, University of Florida Health Cancer Center, Orlando, Fl, November 12, 2016.

Christian Bradley, a graduate of Howard University, presented:  "Immune and Inflammatory Sequence Variants Jointly Modify Prostate Cancer Among Men of African Descent".

Tiana Martin, an undergraduate student enrolled at Spelman College presented: "Non-synergistic Interaction Along the CCR5-CXCR5-CCR7 Axis and Prostate Cancer".

Both Christian and Tiana carried out their research projects in the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program under the direction of Dr. La Creis Kidd, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Our Highest Potential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

Christian Bradley



UofL faculty present invited lectures at international conference in Egypt

Drs. Osama El-Tawil, Jon Freedman, George Rodgers and Jill Steinbach-Rankins presented invited lectures to an international conference entitled “Safer Environment for Better Future” held November 2016 in Egypt.  The conference was organized and sponsored by Cairo University, The Animal Research Institute and the Egyptian Association for Chemistry and Environmental Health.

Drs. Jon Freedman, Osama El-Tawil, George Rodgers and Jill Steinbach-Rankins