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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

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.


WATCH A VIDEO OF DR. CAVE AND HIS RESEARCH TEAM

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.

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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 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.


VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY FROM NEW RESIDENT ORIENTATION
MEET THE CLASS OF 2020

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

In this Commentary, the author describes principles and action steps for aligning leadership and educational strategy and urges institutional leaders to embrace the continuing professional development of their human capital as an organizational responsibility and opportunity and to view engagement in education as an investment in people. CLICK HERE to read the full text.

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:

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:

Graduate

Degree

 Mentor

Dissertation/Thesis Title

Elizabeth M. Hollis

M.S.

Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D.

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

Al Hassan Kyakulaga

M.S.

Ramesh C. Gupta, Ph.D.

Withaferin A synergistically enhances the effect of paclitaxel against lung cancer

Stephan L. Wechman

Ph.D.

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

Ph.D.

Brian P. Ceresa, Ph.D.

Identifying the signaling mechanisms of EGFR-mediated apoptosis

Jaspreet S. Grewal

Ph.D.

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

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

Christine E. Dolin

M.S.

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

Ph.D.

Keith R. Davis, Ph.D.

Combating malignant melanoma with the multifaceted soy-derived peptide lunasin

Aaron M. Neely

Ph.D.

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.

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.


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

"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