Faculty and Staff

 Med-Peds Program Leadership

Laura Workman, M.D.

Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Med-Peds Hospitalist

Laura Workman

Dr. Laura Workman (she/her/hers), a native of Louisville, went to state rival University of Kentucky to complete her undergraduate training from 2000-2004. She then returned to Louisville to the University of Louisville where she completed both medical school, graduating in 2008, and residency, finished in 2012. She served as chief resident for the internal medicine-pediatrics program during the calendar year 2011. In her time as chief, she led a series of board review sessions and was awarded a teaching award by her fellow med-peds residents in 2011. Following her love of teaching and residency education, Dr. Workman chose to stay at the University of Louisville as an Instructor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, serving first as the Associate Program Director and then the Program Director for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program.

Dr. Workman is married to Joshua Workman, a mechanical engineer, and they have four daughters: Leah, Zoe, Riley and Olivia. Outside of work she enjoys movies of all types, fiction reading (including Harry Potter with her girls), shopping, and taking her girls to the park.

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Laura Bishop, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency 

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Med-Peds Hospitalist

Executive Director, Louisville Lectures

Dr. Bishop (she/her/hers) is a Hoosier (she still lives in Southern Indiana and crosses state lines daily despite the toll). She is a graduate of the University of Louisville Med-Peds Residency Program and is pleased to continue as the Associate Program Director. She serves as an Academic Med-Peds Hospitalist. She has an interest in medical education and is active in the undergraduate medical school as a facilitator for problem-based learning groups, mentor in the Introduction to Clinical Cases course, and teaches portions of the Disease & Therapeutics (formerly Pathology) course. She has received several teaching awards from residents and students and is a co-founder of Louisville Lectures where she serves as Director of Digital Media and Website Design. She is also passionate about incorporating equity in healthcare and medical education.

Her other interests including nail art, planning Walt Disney World vacations (for anyone!), board games, skincare, baking and entertaining. Her partner is George, who owns a comic book and board game store and she is active in the maintenance of their online boardgame store.

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Kelly B. Moore

Program Coordinator, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency 

 Kelly Moore (she/her/hers) is a huge fan of Louisville but recently moved to Southern Indiana to have the best of both worlds. She has a long career in medical administration and was pleased to obtain her dream job of working with residents (she proudly claims that Med-Peds residents are the best residents of all!) and we are lucky to have her.

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 Med-Peds Faculty

Julianna Brown, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Med-Peds Hospitalist

Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship

Julianna Brown grew up in Kidron, Ohio. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Biology in 2008. She attended The Ohio State College of Medicine for medical school and then couples matched at University of Louisville with her now husband, who completed his general surgery residency at UofL.  As a resident, she was involved on House Staff Council and the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course at the medical school. After graduating residency in 2016, she became the Internal Medicine Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. As chief, she worked to increase the culture of safety within the residency programand explore how QI can improve patient experiences and outcomes. Now as faculty, she works as an academic Med-Peds hospitalist. She also and serves as the Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine, developing and refining the third year curriculum, which allows her to explore her interest in optimizing the clinical learning experience for students. In her free time, she loves to run through the beautiful parks and neighborhoods of Louisville and enjoys cat therapy at home.

Hazar Hassuneh, M.D.

 Instructor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Hospitalist

Dr. Hassuneh graduated from our program in 2020 after a wildly successful year as chief resident. We were overjoyed to welcome her as a colleague where she will start as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist while she takes her Medicine and Pediatric boards. She is also serving as a preclinical professor for our MS2 students in their Disease & Therapeutics course. She enjoys spending time with her large biological family, as well as her Med-Peds family (hosting frequent family dinner nights pre-COVID). 

Amy Holthouser, M.D.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Director, Preclinical Curriculum and Assessment 

Dr. Holthouser is a native of Louisville who completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, 1991-1995. She attended the University of Louisville for her Postgraduate Training, 1995-1997. Dr. Holthouser graduated from The University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2002, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the same institution in 2006. She subsequently joined faculty at U of L in 2006. Her academic responsibilities include directing the Interdisciplinary Clinical Cases course for first and second year medical students and assisting with the Internal Medicine Clerkship for third and fourth year students, as well as clinical patient care and bedside teaching for residents and students at Kosair Children's Hospital and the University Hospital on the U of L Health Science campus. Educational honors include: The Excellence in Clinical Education Award as a resident in 2003 and 2004, election to AOA as one of three residents out of a campus of 600 candidates by the medical school class of 2005, The Internal Medicine Program Professionalism Award given by consensus of her fellow residents in 2006, and winning the Gender Equity Award from the American Medical Student Association in 2007.

Dr. Holthouser's area of primary interest is student education, with a special interest in forging links between basic science knowledge and the clinical care of patients. She is married to Tom Pierce, a freelance writer. She has a stepson Ian and two daughters, Cady and Evie. Areas of interest outside of the medical field include cooking, gardening, home improvement, real estate, and fiction reading.

Jennifer Olges, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine 

Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Training Program

Dr. Olges was born and raised in Louisville and attended the University of Kentucky, where she received her medical degree. She began her residency in a combined internal medicine and pediatrics program at Vanderbilt University and completed her training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

She served as med/peds chief resident during her fourth year of residency and went on to become the pediatric chief resident the following year. At the conclusion of her chief year, she remained at Loyola University as an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine. Her current clinical responsibilities include serving as an inpatient teaching attending at University Hospital as well as a primary care physician at the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center.

 University of Louisville Med-Peds Trained Subspecialists

Adrian O'Hagan M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

Program Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship

Director, UofL Cystic Fibrosis Care Center

Adrian O'Hagan

Dr. O'Hagan graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. After his Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he completed a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Washington University in 2000. He joined the University of Louisville in 2010. Although he spends the majority of his time working in pediatrics, he is also active in the adult Cystic Fibrosis clinic. His main interests include all aspects of adult and pediatric cystic fibrosis, including newborn screening and transition of these patients to adulthood.

Michael Ruppe, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care 

Quality Improvement Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Michael Ruppe

Dr. Michael Ruppe graduated from the University of Toledo College 

of Medicine and then completed his combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in 2006. He went on to complete a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. With a focus in pediatric Cardiothoracic Critical Care, Dr. Ruppe came to U of L in 2009 and assumed a leadership role as the Medical Director of Cardiac Critical Care Services within the division of Pediatric Critical Care at Norton Children's Hospital. Dr. Ruppe's clinical interests include cardiac intensive care, advanced airway practices and transplantation medicine. He enjoys teaching a variety of students, residents, and fellows and his current research is focused on the evolving uses for bedside ultrasound in critical care. He is married to Vanessa Ruppe who is a nurse practitioner and epilepsy surgery specialist in the division of pediatric neurology. They have two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Dr. Ruppe is an aspiring marathon runner and enjoys landscaping and playing with his kids and goldendoodle named Lollipop.

Thomas Stephen, M.D.

 Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. Thomas Stephen graduated from Medical College, Kottayam (University of Kerala), India. After his Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatric Residency at the Henry Ford Hospital, MI, he completed a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Stephen works within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology serving infants and children of Kentucky and southern Indiana with gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic disorders and nutritional problems.

Jessica Stumbo, M.D.

Sports Medicine

 Born and raised in Hindman, a small town in Easter Kentucky, then moved to Danville, Kentucky where I got my B.S. in Biology from Centre College. After college, I attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where I was nominated to the Alpha Omega Honor Society. I remained at UK and completed an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency. After residency, I traded the big blue for red & came to Louisville to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. I fell in love with the city, as well as my husband, and decided to stay and join Dr. Becker as a sports medicine faculty member. Some of my medical interests include the female athlete triad, concussions, chronic exertional compartment syndrome, sports nutrition and joint injections. My interests outside of medicine include shopping and photography.

Deanna Tzanetos, M.D., M.S.C.I.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care

Medical Director for Cardiac Critical Care and ECMO

Dr. Tzanetos completed  her undergraduate degree, medical school, and Med-Peds residency at the University of Kentucky.  Following residency, she completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care while also completing a master of science in clinical investigation at Vanderbilt University.  She has been on faculty at the University of Louisville since 2013.  She served as medical director of the Just for Kids Critical Care Center from 2015-2017.  With the development of the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Critical Care Unit, Dr. Tzanetos took on a new role as Medical Director of Cardiac Critical Care at Norton Children’s Hospital in 2017.  Dr. Tzanetos also has an interest in extracorporeal support and serves as the PICU director of ECMO. She is married to Doug, an allergist, and has two daughters. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

Lisal Folsom, M.D., M.Sci.

Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Endocrinology

Director, Wendy Novak Diabetes Center Transition to Adult Diabetes Program

Dr. Folsom attended medical school at Loma Linda University before 

 heading to Charlestown for Med-Peds Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. She went to Indiana University for a combined fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology. Her clinic supports many LGBTQ patients and she enjoys teaching gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people. She has been building a successful transition program for children and adolescents with Type I DM and their team was recently honored as one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals TOP 20 Program in Diabetes/Endocrinology.
Subspecialty Med-Peds Fellows:

Shanna Barton, M.D.: Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship

Benjamin Hannah, M.D.: Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Schot Hannan, M.D.: Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship

Michael Orangias, M.D.: Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship 

Continuity Clinic Med-Peds Preceptors

Our community Med-Peds physicians play a major role in training our residents in the basics of primary care as well as the business of medicine during clinic. Many of these physicians are graduates from our program. They are also engaged in mentoring our residents informally and occasionally formally.

  • Dr. Dawn Courtney
  • Dr. Elizabeth Doyle
  • Dr. Michael Harper
  • Dr. Spencer Idstein
  • Dr. Katherine Jett
  • Dr. Tony Karem
  • Dr. Robin Kindig
  • Dr. Ilana Kayrouz
  • Dr. Christina Minrath
  • Dr. Madison Ryle
  • Dr. Nikki Brown
  • Dr. David White