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Gretchen Wells Talks Hearts, Books & Kentucky Women

Posted: 2/13/2017

Dr. Gretchen Wells writes a lot of prescriptions and orders a lot of tests. But she says the most rewarding thing she dispenses is hope.

As director of Women's Heart Heath at UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute, Wells is tasked with helping Kentucky women enjoy longer, fuller lives with healthy hearts.

Prevention is a key part of that goal, especially in Kentucky where the mortality rate from heart disease is among the nation's highest. But Wells says there is so much more to tackle:

The biology of heart disease is different in men and women, and so new ways of detection and treatment need to be explored to address those differences.More women are surviving breast cancer, only to develop heart problems because of their chemotherapy.Young women with pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia are at higher risk for heart disease later in life. 

All of these and more are what bring Wells to the office every day, collaborating across campus to establish testing, identify biomarkers, and explore treatments tailored specifically to the needs of women with heart disease. She says, however, that the best part of her job is developing relationships with her patients.

"They teach me about family. They teach me about forgiveness. And they teach me about love,"... FULL STORY

Tags: Gill Heart Institute

Mark Williams Speaks at First International Conference of Hospital

Posted: 2/3/2017
During a recent trip to Taiwan, Dr. Mark V. Williams, director of the Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), had the opportunity to share his expertise as a hospitalist and researcher with colleagues in Taiwan.Williams was invited by Dr. Ming-Chin Yang, National Taiwan University’s associate dean of the College of Public Health, and Dr. Nin-... FULL STORY
Tags: Center for Health Services Research

Moliterno Named Editor of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

Posted: 1/12/2017
The American College of Cardiology has named Gill Heart Institute's Dr. David J. Moliterno, the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Moliterno is the Jack M. Gill Chair and professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is also a member of the interventional cardiology faculty at the UK... FULL STORY
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Vermeulen Joins UK Center for Health Services Research

Posted: 11/3/2016 - Tags: Center for Health Services Research, OVIHD
The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research welcomes Lee Vermeulen Jr., as director of the Office for Value... FULL STORY

Williams to Join Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Expert Panel

Posted: 7/15/2016 - Tags: Faculty
Dr. Mark Williams, director of the Center for Health Services Research and chief in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare, has been selected to be part of an expert panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Strategic Innovation Engine. Williams will begin participating on the panel mid-July. The Strategic Innovation Engine, the latest addition to CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization efforts, is working to identify, evaluate and spread high impact, high value quality improvement practices. They are seeking innovative ideas from throughout the health care delivery system that will further CMS’ three part aim of better care, healthier people/... FULL STORY

Facial Expression Workshops Teach Doctors to Read Beyond Clinical Charts

Posted: 7/13/2016 - Tags: Internal Medicine
Doctors visually process an abundance of information when consulting with patients in a clinical setting. They examine charts and electronic records, monitor physical symptoms, and observe signs of distress or abnormality in the body. But as medicine becomes more patient-centered, doctors are also learning to read one of the most telling sources of information regarding a patient’s wellbeing — his or her facial expressions. Dr. John Ragsdale, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and colleagues published a study in the journal Academic Medicine demonstrating the effectiveness of short workshops... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Athletes Ready to "Survive the Night" to Raise

Posted: 6/13/2016
In most work environments, teambuilding exercises usually don't require actual physical activity. But for the UK HealthCare employees participating in this weekend's second Survive the Night Triathlon, bonding will form over 140.7 miles of swimming, biking and running through the night into the early morning. Developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock (an avid triathlete himself), the event is a relay that allows up to 10 people to take on different sections of the race, playing to their personal strengths. Team Running on Vapor, comprising nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists who work in the... FULL STORY

UK Hospitalists Help Enhance Quality of Care for Patients

Posted: 6/8/2016 - Tags: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education. UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists, with more than 50,000 hospitalists now working in the U.S. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine. At UK, hospitalists ensure coordination of quality care for acutely ill patients at the highest level from time of admission through discharge. '... FULL STORY

Thrill of Research Results in Funding to Study Prevention of Stem Cell

Posted: 1/5/2016 - Tags: Research, Internal Medicine
Five days before Christmas, University of Kentucky researcher Ying Liang, MD, PhD, received what she described as the best gift ever: a letter of notification that she received a prestigious R01 grant, totaling $1.88 million over five years, from the National Institutes of Health. Not only was it her first such award, she scored at the second percentile, an uncommonly high score indicating that her proposal was nearly flawless. A glimpse of her CV and her obvious passion for research render the award somewhat less surprising. Liang, assistant professor of toxicology and cancer biology, describes research as “thrilling," and she's dedicated her career to studying a... FULL STORY

UK Critical Care Survivors Clinic Benefits Patients While Reducing

Posted: 11/24/2015 - Tags: Internal Medicine, Critical care
Darrell Raikes waved sleepily to his wife as they wheeled him down to the operating room for a routine knee replacement last May. He woke up in the Critical Care Unit four weeks later. Darrel had an adverse reaction to his anesthesia and began bleeding into his lungs post-operatively. Dr. Ashley Montgomery, Darrell's critical care physician, had to navigate tricky territory: the drugs that are standard care to prevent blood clots post-knee replacement would also contribute to Darrell's bleeding. "We like to think that medicine is an exact science, but there often isn't a 'yes or no' answer to a patient's medical problems, particularly in an ICU situation... FULL STORY

Barbara Phillips Elected President of the American College of Chest

Posted: 11/13/2015 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Internal Medicine
Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 78th president of The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) effective Nov. 1, 2015. Phillips previously served as president-elect in 2014. In 1982, she became an active member of CHEST, and in 1983 advanced to Fellow. She served as editor of CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine, working on the second, third and fourth editions. Phillips also served as Regent-at-Large for the American College of Chest Physicians for eight years. Phillips is also involved with numerous other outside organizations. She... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctors List

Posted: 10/7/2015
by Kristi Lopez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by impartial peer review. The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup, results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400... FULL STORY

Drs. Evers, Smyth discuss personalized medicine

Posted: 7/27/2015 - Tags: Internal Medicine
The past decade, Dr. Mark Evers says, has been a revolution. Thanks to advances in personalized medicine over the past 10 years, Evers says patients today receive treatments that are better tailored to their genetic makeup and specific medical history. Evers, the director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, along with Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute, appeared Sunday on KET’s One to One to discuss personalized medicine. “Really it has been the last 10 years, I would say, that the revolution has occurred,” Evers said. “I’ve been in this business treating patients for 20 years and now is such an exciting time to be practicing... FULL STORY

'Healthiest Weekend in Lexington' to Benefit Markey Cancer Center

Posted: 5/21/2015
Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for cancer care at Markey. The weekend includes the first-ever “Survive the Night Triathlon,” an overnight team relay that covers 140.7 combined miles of swimming, biking and running. The triathlon begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky.... FULL STORY

Study Translates Genetic Risk Factor into Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Posted: 4/2/2015 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Aging, Alzheimer's disease
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics. The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain. The CD33 protein is present on microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain. CD33... FULL STORY