Kimberly A. Boland, MD

Kimberly Boland, MD

Professor and Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Chief of Staff, Norton Children’s Hospital
Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Kimberly Boland, M.D. is the Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (ULSOM). She holds the position of Billy F. Andrews, M.D. Endowed Chair of Pediatrics, and Chief of Staff Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Group.

Born and raised in Louisville, Dr. Boland finds great pride in being able to bring her medical expertise to her hometown. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of Louisville (UofL). She completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University. After finishing her chief residency, she worked as a hospitalist for two years in a community hospital in St. Louis and then went on to complete a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Washington University.

Dr. Boland returned home to Louisville, where she spent five and a half years as a Pediatric Intensivist. She also filled the roles of Director of Resident Education for the Critical Care Division for two years and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Director for one year for the Department of Pediatrics. She briefly transitioned to a career in general pediatrics before being drawn back to academia, becoming the University of Louisville Division Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Norton Children’s Hospital. Dr. Boland quickly became involved in resident education with subsequent appointments to Associate Program Director and then Program Director, which she oversaw for nine years.

Dr. Boland has dedicated her career to fostering the future generations of Louisville pediatricians, having overseen nine pediatric fellowship programs at UofL. She assisted in the creation of five department fellowships, including Development and Behavioral, Child Abuse, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, and Hematology-Oncology. She is a past recipient of the Paul Weber Award, the ULSOM Master Educator Award, and Dean’s Educator Award for Distinguished Teaching, along with five clinical teaching awards and seven faculty peer-mentoring awards. In 2013, she was appointed to the Vice Chair for Medical Education and eventually to the Executive Vice Chair role in the Department of Pediatrics at ULSOM. In 2018, Dr. Boland was appointed interim chair of Pediatrics and Chair the following year.  

In addition to her educational leadership, Dr. Boland has been actively involved in professional organizations and advocacy efforts. She served as the Associate Dean for Resident Education for six years. She is a past resident for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and enjoys working in advocacy including with the resident-driven advocacy program Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health (PUSH). She was on the AAP National Nominating Committee for three years, with the last year as co-chair. She currently serves on the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce, and the Committee on Pediatric Education. Dr. Boland is also the current chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the AMSPDC representative to the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) which serves to improve advocacy training and faculty development around advocacy where she looks forward to growing her involvement in the organization's important work advocating for academic pediatric programs of all sizes across the country. Dr. Boland is looking forward to growing her involvement in AMSPDC to further their important work advocating for academic pediatric programs across the country of all sizes.

Dr. Boland helped lead the integration between the University Pediatric Service Lines and the Norton Children’s Hospital in March 2020. With the integration, she has moved the department’s focus to growing the pediatric academic medical system to accomplish a four-pronged mission of excellence in clinical care; outstanding teaching, especially of the pediatric workforce of tomorrow; research leading toward innovative and cutting-edge care; and community engagement, advocacy and promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.