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Where the Magic Happens
Get acquainted with some of the physicians
that make the University of Kentucky one of the best Emergency Departments
in the nation

Our Program

Patient Care at its Finest

The University of Kentucky is a 3-year, fully accredited Emergency Medicine residency training program, based at the A. B. Chandler Medical Center, and is approved for 12 residents per class. The most basic goal of residency education is to instruct physicians-in-training to practice in an unsupervised environment. Going several steps further, the University of Kentucky strives to train its residents to be outstanding practitioners.

Our Divisions

Promoting Educational Excellence

Ultrasound
Ultrasound

The ultrasound fellow will receive individual personalized training by Jacob Avila.
They will complete a full didactic program along the model of the Ultrasound Leadership Academy.

Pharmacy
Pharmacy

Help provide clinical pharmacy services, optimize patient care, and serve as non-physician teaching faculty for the Department and collaborates on numerous clinical projects.

Pediatrics
Pediatrics

We are one of only two pediatric Level I trauma centers in the state of Kentucky and have just developed a joint pediatric cardiac surgery collaboration with the University of Cincinnati.

EMS
EMS

The Division of EMS at Wildcat EM works to bring the latest evidence based medicine and best patient care practices into the pre-hospital setting in Eastern & Central KY.

Did You Know?

  • The department has several nationally known medical educators as residency leadership.

  • The department has an extensive ultrasound program for the residents and also an ultrasound Fellowship.

  • The University of Kentucky is the only level-one adult and pediatric trauma center in the region.

  • UK hospital is a comprehensive stroke center, a cardiac catheterization center, and a National Cancer Institute.

  • A newly-opened, state-of-the-art Emergency Department that has received accolades for its function and design.

  • Kentucky Children’s Hospital, located at the University of Kentucky, is the area’s only pediatric hospital.

  • The emergency department sees over 80,000 patients per year including many referrals from regional hospitals.

Andrew Wilson, MD Andrew Wilson, MD
Andrew Wilson, MD
Resident
UK has a great collection of faculty that are passionate about teaching and innovative educational strategies. The pathology and volume at UK will more than prepare you for any job you hope to find after residency. Combine both of those with a group of residents that value a health work-life balance and treat each other like old friends, and you have a residency program that I consider myself lucky to be a part of.

Yang Liu, MD Yang Liu, MD
Yang Liu, MD
Resident
Rotated here during 4th year, loved the people and culture here. Excellent learning environment and wide variety of pathologies, with an extremely dedicated crew to work with. Lots of opportunities for outdoors activities.

Slade Thompson, MD Slade Thompson, MD
Slade Thompson, MD
Resident
After 8 years here I wouldn’t want to finish out my education anywhere else.

Jeremiah Phelps, MD, PhD Jeremiah Phelps, MD, PhD
Jeremiah Phelps, MD, PhD
Resident
Lexington is my home and coming back to the University of Kentucky has been an opportunity I have been excited about for years. Matching at the University of Kentucky allows me to take care of the people I love and serve the needs of my state of Kentucky; Moreover the learning opportunity here is tremendous. The faculty are excellent, the patient population is diverse, and the opportunity for amazing training is endless.

Michael Gleason, DO Michael Gleason, DO
Michael Gleason, DO
Resident
After rotating at UK, I knew that it was where I wanted to be. The people are amazing, the department sees high volume with diverse pathology, and the faculty could not be better educators and mentors. As if that wasn’t enough, the city of Lexington is great place to live.

Hartej Dhillon, MD Hartej Dhillon, MD
Hartej Dhillon, MD
Resident
I moved to Kentucky because after 20+ years of living in sub-zero temperature it was time for a change. After interviewing here for medical school I loved the area, the horses, and the bourbon. EM was never a question and UK was where I would get the best training. With our high volume and extremely high acuity the training is top notch with more than enough procedures. It also comes with some of the best faculty in the hospital,l who treat you with respect and trust you. It has exceptional ultrasound training as well. I seriously consider UK as one of the top programs in the nation.

David Muncy, DO David Muncy, DO
David Muncy, DO
Resident
Out of all of the interviews I went to, UK really felt like the faculty were all focused on teaching and building the program. I could sense the passion they had. And of course Dr. Doty really sold me on his philosophy and vision of the program. It’s also in a cool town and has great facilities.

Setareh Mohammadie, MD Setareh Mohammadie, MD
Setareh Mohammadie, MD
Resident
As a rotating medical student, I was extremely impressed by the diverse pathology and number of critically ill patients that come through UK. I loved how close-knit and social the residents are, and they made me feel right at home. Also, Lexington is a beautiful city and a great place to do residency!

John Mayo, DO John Mayo, DO
John Mayo, DO
Resident
The program leadership at UK were some of the most progressive, forward-thinking people I met on the interview trail. There is truly a “relentless pursuit of excellence” here that is ingrained in the program’s culture. I appreciate the program’s balance of service and education, and the opportunity to care for some of the sickest patients in the country while learning from world-renowned educators is an honor and privilege.

Patrick Grace, MD Patrick Grace, MD
Patrick Grace, MD
Resident
Albert B. Chandler Hospital serves as the only Level 1 trauma center for central and eastern Kentucky, meaning we serve the sickest Kentuckians at an extraordinarily high volume. After witnessing the patient acuity firsthand, I knew I would never want for taking care of critically ill patients. In addition, the emergency department has a collection of nationally recognized faculty dedicated to resident education. Finally, the residents at UK are a group of happy, hard working physicians who really come together as a family which takes care of one another. There's no other program that could provide me superior training.

Kristine Song, MD Kristine Song, MD
Kristine Song, MD
Resident
Through my five years as a medical student, I got to know the EM faculty well, and they’re seriously awesome and so committed to teaching. UK is a level 1 adult trauma center and level 1 pediatric ED, so there are a full range of pathologies with lots of high acuity patients. UK also has a strong ultrasound program, castlefest, and tons of research and teaching opportunities!

Elaine Kim, MD Elaine Kim, MD
Elaine Kim, MD
Resident
As a rotating medical student, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the outstanding faculty, camaraderie among the residents, and beautiful city.

Charles Kieffer, MD Charles Kieffer, MD
Charles Kieffer, MD
Resident
I really liked the program when I came for my interview and felt like I fit in well with the faculty and residents. My wife and I also really loved Lexington when we were there.

Jason Bowman, MD Jason Bowman, MD
Jason Bowman, MD
Resident
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David Bala, MD David Bala, MD
David Bala, MD
Resident
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Kyle Bloemer, MD Kyle Bloemer, MD
Kyle Bloemer, MD
Resident
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Cicero Running Crane, MD Cicero Running Crane, MD
Cicero Running Crane, MD
Resident
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Casey Lawson, MD Casey Lawson, MD
Casey Lawson, MD
Resident
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Rebecca Teague, MD Rebecca Teague, MD
Rebecca Teague, MD
Resident
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Joanna Smith, MD Joanna Smith, MD
Joanna Smith, MD
Resident
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Anne Flower, DO Anne Flower, DO
Anne Flower, DO
Resident
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Nicholas Moore, MD Nicholas Moore, MD
Nicholas Moore, MD
Resident

Kyle Dougherty, MD Kyle Dougherty, MD
Kyle Dougherty, MD
Resident
The Emergency Medicine crew at UK are some of the most fun, authentic, and amazing people I've ever met!

Caroline Arnold, MD Caroline Arnold, MD
Caroline Arnold, MD
Resident
Choosing UK came down to the people at this program. Medicine is wonderful and fulfilling, but hard. As cliche as it sounds, I knew I would have a family at this program and I was absolutely right. The residents and staff take care of each other and have fun while doing it. Also, UK has a medically and socioeconomically diverse patient population. There is no lack of procedures or medically complicated physiology. I knew I'd be prepared to work in any community after training here.

Angelo Cruz, MD Angelo Cruz, MD
Angelo Cruz, MD
Resident
I chose UK because I wanted to be at an academic program who served a truly sick population. The patients are critically ill and I genuinely feel I can get the best education by training with these patients. I also get the opportunity to work alongside great educators who can mentor me as well as work with medical students daily. Additionally, it's within a day's drive to my hometown and my family which is very important to me.

David Gelbart, DO, MMS, MSMEd David Gelbart, DO, MMS, MSMEd
David Gelbart, DO, MMS, MSMEd
Resident
The residents, faculty, staff, facilities and surrounding city. We also have more time in the ED than all of the other programs I interviewed at.

Diana V. Labrada, MD Diana V. Labrada, MD
Diana V. Labrada, MD
Resident
I rotated at UK as an MS4 and loved it! The people here are supportive, encouraging, helpful, and really make me feel at home. I ultimately want to go into academic medicine and UK provides multiple opportunities for teaching and mentorship, including Medical Education shifts as a third year. UK serves some the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the area. Patients are never as straightforward as they seem, which makes for solid training.

Forest Lefevre, MD Forest Lefevre, MD
Forest Lefevre, MD
Resident
After rotating here I knew I found my "fit" with the program here. The residents are a tight knit family that "work hard and play hard" spending lots of time together inside and outside of the department. When I rotated I admired how confident and competent the residents at UK were. The upper level residents and attendings actively teach during every shift. Lexington is a great city to train in with no lack of medical pathology diversity, as well as plenty to do outside the department (live music, craft beer/food, and UK sports).

Sunny Peta, MD Sunny Peta, MD
Sunny Peta, MD
Resident
"We have really sick people" "We see a lot of trauma" "We work hard and play hard" "We have a very receptive faculty" "Wellness is a big part of our residency" Those are all quotes you'll hear on the interview trail. First of all, I can honestly say that we have some THE sickest people in the country (eastern KY) based on our statistics from a huge ongoing project being conducted nationwide with the UHC. We see a TON of trauma because people in KY don't use turn signals and are also really really sick. We have 30+ residents and 3+ different group chats which are active at all times of the day and are always setting up hangouts at any time of the day (or night). We truly do work hard and play hard. Our faculty consists of the some of the most well known and well-respected people in EM. We've been a residency for over 20 years and we are still making changes as generations change and as healthcare, in general, undergoes changes. UK is a gorgeous hospital with tons of perks (huge salary raise recently? yes.) Lexington has a TON to offer (coming from South Florida...this was a huge plus) including an amazing downtown area with a nightlife that is hoppin' every night and NUMEROUS places to eat. If you think you're an easy going person, like to eat food, love to hang-out in a non-hospital setting, and have unique hobbies, we would love to have you at UK.

Chris Creech, MD Chris Creech, MD
Chris Creech, MD
Resident
The faculty is what makes a residency program, and UK is no exception. There is a fantastic balance of senior, experienced physicians with young, enthusiastic physicians. During my rotations here throughout med school, I never worked under an attending physician who I didn’t want to train with in the future.

Roger L. Humphries, MD Roger L. Humphries, MD
Roger L. Humphries, MD
Faculty

Charles A. Eckerline, Jr., MD, FACEP Charles A. Eckerline, Jr., MD, FACEP
Charles A. Eckerline, Jr., MD, FACEP
Faculty

Robert L. Rogers, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACP Robert L. Rogers, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACP
Robert L. Rogers, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACP
Faculty

Matthew Dawson, MD, RDMS, RDCS Matthew Dawson, MD, RDMS, RDCS
Matthew Dawson, MD, RDMS, RDCS
Faculty

Sameer Desai, MD, FACEP Sameer Desai, MD, FACEP
Sameer Desai, MD, FACEP
Faculty

Julia Martin, MD, FACEP Julia Martin, MD, FACEP
Julia Martin, MD, FACEP
Faculty

Jonathan Bronner, MD Jonathan Bronner, MD
Jonathan Bronner, MD
Faculty

William F. Young, MD, FACEP William F. Young, MD, FACEP
William F. Young, MD, FACEP
Faculty

Rebecca C. Bowers, MD Rebecca C. Bowers, MD
Rebecca C. Bowers, MD
Faculty

Craig T. Carter, DO Craig T. Carter, DO
Craig T. Carter, DO
Faculty

Seth Stearley, MD Seth Stearley, MD
Seth Stearley, MD
Faculty

Brian Adkins, MD Brian Adkins, MD
Brian Adkins, MD
Faculty

Walt Lubbers, MD Walt Lubbers, MD
Walt Lubbers, MD
Faculty

Landon Jones, MD Landon Jones, MD
Landon Jones, MD
Faculty

Ashwin Prabhu, MD Ashwin Prabhu, MD
Ashwin Prabhu, MD
Faculty

Emily Stover, MD Emily Stover, MD
Emily Stover, MD
Faculty

Michael Sweeney, MD Michael Sweeney, MD
Michael Sweeney, MD
Faculty

Daniel Moore, MD Daniel Moore, MD
Daniel Moore, MD
Faculty

Christopher Doty, MD FAAEM FACEP Christopher Doty, MD FAAEM FACEP
Christopher Doty, MD FAAEM FACEP
Faculty
I chose UK because they had amazing pathology, a supportive chair, amazing people, and Lexington is absolutely beautiful. This program gave me all the tools I needed to train amazing residents and a supportive leadership. My wife and I also wanted to raise a family in a safe, beautiful spacious town.

Peter Akpunonu, MD Peter Akpunonu, MD
Peter Akpunonu, MD
Faculty
Busy ED with lots of great pathology and plenty of toxic exposures.

Brad Buckingham, MD Brad Buckingham, MD
Brad Buckingham, MD
Faculty
Amazing opportunity, thanks to Roger Humphries. Good Sam is an excellent fit for me. Very glad to serve this hospital and these patients. Glad to be a part, even little, of serving the school and institution that has helped shape me.

Jacob Avila, MD Jacob Avila, MD
Jacob Avila, MD
Faculty

Katelyn Yackey, MD Katelyn Yackey, MD
Katelyn Yackey, MD
Faculty

Amy Dahlgren, MD Amy Dahlgren, MD
Amy Dahlgren, MD
Faculty
UK has a very strong and growing EM residency that I wanted to be a part of!

Nicole Battaglioli, MD, FAWM Nicole Battaglioli, MD, FAWM
Nicole Battaglioli, MD, FAWM
Faculty

Gena Cooper, MD Gena Cooper, MD
Gena Cooper, MD
Faculty
I am excited to be a part of UK's commitment to excellent pediatric emergency care.

Our Program

Patient Care at its Finest

The University of Kentucky is a 3-year, fully accredited Emergency Medicine residency training program, based at the A. B. Chandler Medical Center, and is approved for 12 residents per class. The most basic goal of residency education is to instruct physicians-in-training to practice in an unsupervised environment. Going several steps further, the University of Kentucky strives to train its residents to be outstanding practitioners.

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