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Doug Saforo receives Outstanding Student Award for Graduate and Professional Students

Doug Saforo, an MD/PhD Student in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology received the “Outstanding Student Award for Graduate and Professional Students” from the University of Louisville at a ceremony held April 19. Doug is a graduate of the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program and is pursuing his PhD dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Leah Siskind, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Michael Mardis, Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Interim Provost Neville Pinto helped present awards to students.  Further information is available at  http://uoflnews.com/post/uofltoday/uofl-students-recognized-for-outstanding-achievements-service/

Karen Udoh presents cancer research at ACC’s Meeting of the Minds

Outstanding undergraduate students from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including six UofL undergraduates, met April 8-10, 2016 at the annual Meeting of the Minds research conference hosted by Syracuse University in upstate New York. The event highlights undergraduate research and scholarship at the 15 ACC member schools and represents the power and synergy that can exist between athletics and academics.

Karen Udoh, a member of the 2015 University of Louisville Cancer Education Program class presented the cancer research she carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Chris States, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

What Do I Need to Learn Today? - The Evolution of CME by Graham T. McMahon, M.D.

What Do I Need to Learn Today? — The Evolution of CME
“The point at which a clinician takes ownership of his or her own learning agenda is a pivotal moment in professional growth. But as postgraduate medical education evolves to become more learner-centric, new approaches and expectations have created pressures on the continuing medical education (CME) system and left some physicians frustrated.”  CLICK HERE to read the full text of Dr. McMahon’s comments in the New England Journal of Medicine.

DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

UofL cardiologist recognized for research into cardiac overestimation risk
DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

Dr. Andrew DeFilippis


Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sci., assistant professor of medicine and director of the cardiovascular disease prevention program in the University of Louisville Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was recently honored with the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Early Career Investigator Award.

MESA is a medical research study involving more than 6,000 men and women from six communities in the United States.

The study is sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

DeFilippis garnered the award for his publication titled, "An analysis of calibration and discrimination among multiple cardiovascular risk scores in a modern multiethnic cohort" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in February 2015.

That study concluded that of the five risk scores, four, including the new AHA-ACC-ASCVD score, showed overestimation of risk (25% to 115%) in a modern, multi-ethnic cohort without baseline clinical ASCVD.

If validated, overestimation of ASCVD risk may have substantial implications for individual patients and the health care system.

UofL study shows bacterial pneumonia with empyema in children successfully treated with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and early transition to oral antibiotics

UofL study shows bacterial pneumonia with empyema in children successfully treated with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and early transition to oral antibiotics

Claudia Espinosa, M.D., M.Sc.

Treating children with pneumonia complicated by infected fluid in the chest (called empyema) can take longer than other infectious diseases, and typically requires surgical intervention and intravenous (IV) antibiotics. A study published in the April issue of The American Surgeon by University of Louisville assistant professor of pediatrics Claudia Espinosa, M.D., M.Sc., and colleagues, shows that the disease can successfully be treated with a course of broad-spectrum oral antibiotics once the children are released from the hospital, thus making administration of IV antibiotics at home unnecessary.

Espinosa and several colleagues at the UofL School of Medicine conducted a retrospective study of 61 patients treated using a standardized approach of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and IV antibiotics administered in the hospital, with transition to broad-spectrum oral antibiotics about five days after surgery or when the patients were discharged. The study showed a 92 percent rate of recovery without complications using this approach, which is comparable to that achieved with prolonged courses of IV antibiotics continued at home, but avoids potential complications associated with home IVs.

“Given the adverse effects of IV antibiotics and the potential possible complications of PICC lines, transitioning to oral antibiotics and providing a shorter course than previously advised is a good strategy,” Espinosa said. “The outcomes appear to be good even when cultures are negative and the choice of antibiotic is an empiric one.”

The children in the study, all previously healthy children with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia and empyema, were admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital from 2008 to 2012. All of the children were treated with prompt VATS and early transition to oral antibiotics, which continued for an average of two weeks after discharge.

“Many physicians believe that placing a chest tube and giving fibrinolytics is better than VATS for treatment of empyema,” Espinosa said. “In this study, we show good outcomes, short length of stay, minimal complications and short course of antibiotics for pediatric patients with empyema who underwent VATS.”

UofL pediatrician joins line-up for ‘Rally to End Child Abuse’ on March 30

UofL pediatrician joins line-up for ‘Rally to End Child Abuse’ on March 30

Melissa Currie, M.D.

Kentucky Governor and First Lady lead program to draw attention to issue

Melissa Currie, M.D., will be among the speakers who “Rally to End Child Abuse,” beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Big Four Bridge Lawn on River Road.

Sponsored by the Family & Children’s Place, Kosair Charities’ Face It® Movement, and other Metro Louisville children’s organizations, the Rally to End Child Abuse kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Currie will join a slate of speakers including Gov. and First Lady Matt and Glenna Bevin, Family & Children’s Place President and CEO Pam Darnall, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad, Kosair Charities Board Chair Jerry Ward and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks.

Currie is medical director and chief of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine and program director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville. The division provides a standardized approach to the assessment of child abuse and neglect issues, providing medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation and follow-up of suspected cases of child physical abuse and neglect. The first board certified child-abuse pediatrician in Kentucky, Currie practices with University of Louisville Physicians.

The pediatric forensic medicine team serves as liaison between the hospital team and community partners such as law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the Department of Justice. The UofL Department of Pediatrics serves with Kosair Children's Hospital as the only statewide medical referral resource for child maltreatment assessments.

The “Rally to End Child Abuse” highlights progress being made in stopping and preventing abuse and healing child survivors and families. According to 2014 data, nearly 23,000 children suffered physical or sexual abuse or neglect in Kentucky. In Jefferson County, that number totaled more than 3,016 children. Abuse creates a lifelong impact in emotional and physical health, in relationships and in every facet of a child’s life through adulthood.

For more information, visit faceitabuse.org.

Match Day a success again for UofL residency programs (w/ VIDEO)

Internal Medicine, Combined Med-Peds groups both fill their available spots with solid incoming classes
Match Day a success again for UofL residency programs (w/ VIDEO)

UofL medical students learn where they will continue their education as residents on Match Day.


VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY FROM UofL MATCH DAY
VIEW A VIDEO FROM UofL MATCH DAY

The madness of March wasn't confined to the basketball court as the thrill and excitement lent itself to the realm of medical education.

March 18 was Match Day for University of Louisville medical students, and others 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 so happy to welcome this class into our residency program," Jennifer Koch, M.D., FACP, Director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "We are excited to have recruited excellent candidates from both here at the University of Louisville as well as from multiple other institutions. I look forward to working with this diverse and outstanding group of interns!"

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 11 preliminary positions.

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

"Our residency training program is second to none," Jesse Roman, M.D., FACP, FACCP, Chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine said. "Faculty and staff are committed to delivering the best training possible, while providing a home to our trainees. The Class of 2019 will witness great changes in medicine and healthcare. It is our mission to generate top internists capable of confronting these changes, but also driving improvements in healthcare delivery, medical education, and research; all while providing compassionate care to those in need."

Our incoming Class of 2019 includes:

Categorical Residents

  • Bahjat Al-Adili - St. George's University
  • Lauren Albers - St. George's University
  • Hadi Atassi - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Abigail Augenstein - University of Louisville
  • Jordan Burlen - University of Toledo
  • Dafang Chen - Indiana University
  • Liza Cholin - University of Toledo
  • Brandon Coons - University of Louisville
  • Paul Davis - University of Louisville
  • Daniel Fioret - University of Louisville
  • Kaitlin Gordon - University of Louisville
  • Shawn Greschel - University of Louisville
  • John Guardiola-Bright - University of Louisville
  • Praneeth Katrapati - University of Toledo
  • Nicholas Klimchak - University of Louisville
  • Daniel Martin - St. George's College
  • Vincent Nguyen - Texas A&M University
  • Cristian Rios - Universidad Peruana Cayetano
  • Sunita Saith - Oakland University
  • Perry Snyder - University of Louisville
  • Denis Suler - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Yixi Tu - University of Tennessee
  • Dana Williams - East Tennessee State University
  • Jared Winston - St. George's University

 

Preliminary Residents

  • Audree Anciro - University of Louisville
  • Kelley Cross - East Tennessee State University
  • Michael Dahle - A.T. Still University
  • Genevieve Jacobs - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michael Kushdilian - Indiana University
  • Kevin Lowder - Texas Tech University
  • Jason Noble - University of Arizona
  • Durham North - University of Louisville
  • Elizabeth Veasey - University of Louisville
  • Weston Wall - University of Louisville
  • Mehran Yusuf - University of Louisville

 

Combined Med-Peds Residents

  • Hannah Freeland - University of Missouri
  • Benjamin Hannah - University of Tennessee
  • Hazar Haauneh - Indiana University
  • David Taylor - University of Louisville
  • Zheyi Teoh - Indiana Queensland

 

VIDEO: Match Day 2016

Graduate students receive travel awards from the Society of Toxicology to present research

Laila Al-Eyrani received a travel award from the Society of Toxicology to present her research,  Laila is a PhD candidate working under the direction of Dr. J. Christopher States.

Wei-Yang (Jeremy) Chen received a travel award from the Society of Toxicology to present his research.  Jeremy is a PhD candidate working under the direction of Dr. Swati Joshi-Barve.

Dominique Jones Receives Two National Awards

We are very proud to announce that Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD candidate Dominique Jones recently has received two major national scientific awards.

  • Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics meetings at the Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology April 2016 in San Diego, CA.
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award to attend the AACR Annual Meeting  April 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dominique is pursuing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. La Creis Kidd, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Our Highest Potential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

UofL residents complete another successful fellowship match

Trend of near perfection in fellowship matches continues with the Class of 2016.
UofL residents complete another successful fellowship match

Many members of the of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program seeking fellowship appointments were matched successfully for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Several members of the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program seeking fellowship appointments following their graduation in 2016 were recently matched successfully, including three who will continue their training at UofL.

"I am extremely proud of our residents," Dr. Jennifer Koch, director of the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program said. "I know the hard work and dedication – hours and hours of research, scholarship, and clinical effort – it takes for them to be successful in this endeavor. I have no doubt that they will represent our residency program extremely well in their roles as fellows."

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

"Our trainees are pursuing further training at great programs all over the country," Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the UofL Department of Medicine said. "This speaks to the high quality of the education provided by our faculty and the top notch experiences they participate in during their residency training. The training provided at UofL to our up-and-coming physicians is second to none."

Those from The University of Louisville who matched for 2016-2017 include:

Doctor
Specialty
Institution

Robert Burkes

Dmitry Familtsev

Zeeshan Hussain

Andrew Lally

Kimberly Leake

Amanda Lewis

Chirag Patel

Alison Smith

Gregg Wendorf

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Cardiology

Cardiology

Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Allergy/Immunology

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of Arizona

Loyola University Chicago

University of Louisville

University of Louisville

University of Iowa

University of Texas-San Antonio

East Tennessee State University

University of Louisville

Norton Healthcare, UofL reach agreements, end litigation

Long term deal ensures stability and growth for Children’s Hospital

Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville today announced they have reached agreements which end more than five years of negotiations and more than two years of litigation. The University of Louisville Physicians group and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are also parties to the agreements.

“This is great news for the Louisville community and the Commonwealth,” said Donald H. Robinson, chair of the Norton Healthcare board of trustees. “The agreements clear up critical land lease and ownership issues as well as bringing operational security to Norton while assuring stable financial support to the UofL School of Medicine in pediatrics. The real winners here are the families who depend on our children’s hospital for their child’s care.”

“We reached fair and mutually beneficial agreements that extend our long-time relationship for providing the highest level of pediatric care to the children of the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Larry Benz, chair of the UofL board of trustees. “Both organizations are passionate about fulfilling their missions in this regard. We are now focused on how our organizations will combine our strengths to make Kosair Children’s Hospital a top tier pediatric hospital in the United States.”

The agreements include an amendment to the 1981 land lease between Norton and the Commonwealth for the children’s hospital property which results in a permanent solution, one that secures Norton’s ownership and control of the hospital, confirmed by the Commonwealth and UofL. It also makes it possible for Norton to continue plans for more than $35 million in additional capital improvements to its children’s hospital over the next five years. Those plans had been held up due to the litigation.

Read the full article...

Douglas Saforo receives prestigious travel award to present research at Keystone Symposia

Douglas Saforo, former University of Louisville Cancer Education Program participant and current MD/PhD student pursuing his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology has received a $1200 Future of Science Fund Scholarship to present his research entitled: “In-vitro 3-Dimensional modeling of the tumor microenvironment in non-small cell lung carcinoma” at the March 28 to April 1, 2016 Keystone Symposia on "Cancer Pathophysiology: Integrating the Host and Tumor Environments” in Breckenridge, Colorado.  His dissertation mentors are Drs. Levi Beverly and Leah Siskind.

PhD candidate Nicole Jackson receives prestigious travel award

Former University of Louisville Cancer Education Program participant and current Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology PhD candidate Nicole Jackson received a $1200 travel award from the American Society of Cell Biology to present her research entitled Cyclic GMP Dependent Protein Kinase (PKG) as a Mediator of EGFR- Induced Apoptosis in Breast Cancer at their annual meetings December 12-16 in San Diego, CA.   Nicole is carrying out her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Ceresa.

Door to Global Health

Door to Global Health

The administration of DIGH is out of the newly formed Global Education Office. GEO has become the information hub and portal for all students involved in global health here and abroad as well as visiting international students.

Professor Myers is Keynote Speaker at 2015 Conference on Chemistry, Toxicology, and Environmental Health

Professor Steve Myers was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Second Conference on Chemistry, Toxicology, and Environmental Health held November 12-16, 2015 in Cairo and Hurghada, Egypt.  Emeritus Professor Harrell Hurst and Adjunct Professor Osama El-Tawil also spoke at the Conference.

During his visit to Egypt, Professor Myers also gave invited talks at Cairo University, AinShams University, and 6th of October University.  Professor Myers also met with administrators at AinShams University and 6th of October University regarding PhD partnerships and other educational agreements.

Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students honored at annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students were honored at the annual meetings of the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology held in Highland Heights, Kentucky in November

Laila Al-Eryani received the first place award for her research poster in the PhD graduate student category.  Her mentor is Professor Chris States.

J. Mason Hoffman received the first place award for his research poster in the MS graduate student category.  His mentor is Professor Chris States.

Marcus W. Stepp was selected for oral presentation of his research in the PhD graduate student category.  His mentor is Professor David Hein.

UofL Department of Pediatrics in Tamale, Ghana

The beginning of the International Pediatrics Program in the Tamale Teaching Hospital was understandably grim. Almost 70 percent of the residents in Northern Ghana live below the poverty line. Almost 50 percent of its children – especially girls – have little or no education.

One of the visiting doctors with the program, Dr. Tania Condurache, director of global health education for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, first became acquainted with the international program when it was focused on her native Romania more than 20 years ago.

Read the full Courier Journal article.

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate students receive prestigious presidential poster of distinction awards

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate students receive prestigious Presidential Poster of Distinction Awards at the annual meetings of the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases in San Francisco, November 2015.

Diana Avila (mentor Dr. Shirish Barve)

Wei-yang Chen (mentor Dr. Swati Joshi-Barve)

Tuo Shao (mentor Dr. Wenke Feng)