Chief Residents

The Chief Residents in the Department of Internal Medicine are integral to the success of the residency program. They assist the program director with administrative responsibilities.  They serve as attending physicians on the inpatient services and in the clinics.  They are also in the perfect position to help shape the future of the program with significant educational responsibilities involving medical students and residents.  During their year on faculty, our chief residents develop a tremendous set of skills which undoubtedly contributes to their future success. 

2018-2019 Internal Medicine Chief Residents

From left: Pete Wallenhorst, MD; Mariah Barlow, MD; Ameer Musa, MD; & George Carter, MD

  Mariah Barlow, MD
Hey everyone and welcome to the University of Kentucky's Internal Medicine Residency! My name is Mariah Barlow and I’m the chief resident in charge of coordinating noon conferences, grand rounds, and scholarly activity. My husband, who is now a hospitalist here at UK, and I chose the University of Kentucky for the breadth of clinical experiences offered here while also caring for some of the highest acuity patients in the country. We were looking for a program that not only offered a solid foundation in primary care/inpatient internal medicine training, but also had sub-specialty exposure and research opportunities available. We found all those things at UK, but what really won us over were the amazing people we met during our interview day.

Following this year, I plan to pursue a cardiology fellowship with the long-term goal of remaining in academic medicine as a clinician-educator. In my free time I enjoy traveling, taking my dogs to (one of the many) parks, and indulging in the Lexington food scene. Over our time in residency, our co-residents became our family and Lexington has become home for us! 

  George Carter, MD
  My name is George Carter, and I’m one of the internal medicine chief residents for 2018-2019. My specific role is inpatient scheduling. Our residents work in a high-volume, high-acuity academic medical center that provides a wide range of clinical experiences and diverse training, and I coordinate all of our hospital medicine and medicine subspecialty inpatient services to maximize their education. I also practice as a teaching hospitalist at UK/Good Samaritan and the Lexington VA. I’m originally from west Kentucky, but I met my wife in college at the University of Florida. As you might imagine, I’m a die-hard Gator despite spending the past 9 years in Lexington, including medical school and residency. I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three children, and we take full advantage of all the great activities, entertainment, and food/drink found in and around Lexington.

Following my chief year, I plan to start a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. My time as a resident at UK was a great experience that really shaped my interests and goals for the rest of my career. This is an excellent program with superb training, but more importantly wonderful people that I’m proud to call my colleagues and friends!

  Ameer Musa, MD
  Hi! My name is Ameer Musa and I am the chief responsible for coordinating and maintaining the ambulatory schedule. The outpatient medicine curriculum is one of the many strengths of UK Internal Medicine, and allows residents to see a wide variety of both primary care and subspecialty clinics. I am also responsible for our ACLS resuscitation simulations, airway workshops, and ultrasound and simulation curriculum. I attend on teaching rounds at both UK and the Lexington VA. I am originally from southern Illinois, but my wife and I have made Lexington home. The city is incredibly welcoming and wonderful to live in. Even after 3 years here, we are still discovering fun things to do. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

After my chief year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology. During my residency, I made life-long friends, have been trained by amazing faculty and mentors, and I couldn’t imagine completing residency anywhere else. 

  Pete Wallenhorst, MD
  Hi! My name is Pete Wallenhorst, and I’m the VA Chief of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.  I’ll be the Chief stationed at the VA but will also be involved at UK with morning report, SIM lab activities, and organizing the monthly Patient Safety and Quality Improvement conference.  My goal is to help you learn more about PS/QI and become involved with some PS/QI-focused projects during your time in residency.  Apart from PS/QI, my professional interests include palliative care, physician wellness, and addiction medicine. I have lived in Kentucky now for 23 years and love it.  I initially came to UK for college, and despite looking at other programs for medical school and residency, decided to stay.  I have not regretted it.  UK Healthcare’s patient population is high acuity, the faculty are exceptional, and the camaraderie among residents is terrific.  Lexington itself is a beautiful city with a low cost of living and is known for its horses, bourbon, and basketball.  Come check it out!

After chief year, I plan on pursuing a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative medicine followed by a career in academic medicine where I can work as both a hospitalist and palliative consultant.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring the Bourbon trail, trying new foods, and spending time with my fiancé, family, and friends.  

Prior U.K. Internal Medicine Chief Residents 
Medical School
Future Career

Charlie Bodine

Mercer University School of Medicine


Kristen Fletcher

University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Andrew Higdon

University of Louisville School of Medicine


Sarah Vick

Indiana University School of Medicine



JD Gentry

Ross University School of Medicine


Natan Kraitman

Ross University School of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Vijay Paryani

Ross University School of Medicine



Edwin Avallone

Wes Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


Jeremy Cumberledge

JC Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University


John Davisson

Indiana University School of Medicine

 Private Practice

Sally Nau

University of Toledo College of Medicine



Lindsey Goldberg

Medical College of Georgia


Nathan Kusterer

Saint George's University



Adam Gray

Ross University


Ryan Hall

University of Arkansas


Kelli Mathew

Pikeville College


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