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.
2017-2018 Chief Residents
Charlie Bodine Jr., MD
Hello Everyone! My name is Charlie Bodine and I am the chief responsible for coordinating and maintaining the ambulatory schedule. The outpatient medicine curriculum is one of the strengths of UK Internal Medicine, and allows residents to see a wide variety of both primary care and subspecialty clinics. I also organize our ACLS resuscitation simulations, airway workshops, and ultrasound curriculum.
I am originally from Gainesville, GA, the poultry capital of the world, and home to the Gainesville High School Red Elephants. For college, I attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2009. I am still a huge Georgia Bulldogs football fan! I attended Medical School at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, GA prior to moving to Lexington with my wife Alyssa. We have truly enjoyed living in Lexington over the past 3 years.
I am planning to pursue a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology after this year. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, tennis, golf, fly fishing, watching college sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristen Fletcher, MD
Hi! My name is Kristen Fletcher. I am currently the in-patient chief responsible for in-patient scheduling and working with faculty and residents to optimize all of our in-patient rotations. I claim South Bend, Indiana as a home, but I moved all over as a child; so when I came down to Lexington, Kentucky for my undergraduate education, I fell in love with this town and dug some roots!
As a future academic hospitalist who loves in-patient medicine, I was drawn to UK Healthcare's acuity of patients; the learning is phenomenal and I am challenged every day with complex diagnostic dilemmas.
On a non-clinical note, I welcome you to visit Lexington, Kentucky where we are known for beautiful horse country, delicious bourbon, and of course, amazing collegiate basketball!
Andrew Higdon, MD
Welcome! My name is Andrew Higdon, and I'm the VA Chief of Quality and Patient Safety. I'll be the chief located at the VA most of the time, but you'll see me involved with SIM lab activities at both UK and VA. I'll be organizing the monthly resident-lead Patient Safety and Quality Improvement conference as well as developing a longitudinal curriculum in QI work. I'm born and raised in Kentucky and have done all my training somewhere in the state.
My professional passions include cost-conscious care, palliative care, and teaching. After chief year, you can plan to see me as an academic hospitalist here in Lexington. In my time away from work, you can likely find me spending time with my wife Sarah and daughter Olivia, following UK basketball, and trying new beers and breweries.
Here at the University of Kentucky, we really are one big family. I've made some great friends, been trained by amazing faculty that are dedicated to each individual person's success, and can't imagine having gone anywhere else! Lexington truly is my home.Sarah Vick, MD Sarah.Vick@uky.edu
Hello! My name is Sarah Vick and I am the chief responsible for our noon conferences, Grand Rounds, and scholarly activities. I am originally from Evansville, Indiana and am a huge fan of the Indianapolis Colts!
As a resident, I was a member of the Hospital Medicine Track and I plan to be an academic hospitalist after I finish my chief resident year. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, visiting family, and reading a good book. I couples matched here with my husband, Mike, because UK was an academic center with many educational opportunities and had residents that clearly cared for one another.
I appreciate that our program is always looking for ways to improve and that the residents here become like family. Lexington has truly become like home for us.
|Year||Name||Medical School||Residency Program||Future Career|
|2016-2017||JD Gentry||Ross University School of Medicine||Categorical||Nephrology|
|Natan Kraitman||Ross University School of Medicine||Categorical||Infectious Diseases|
|Vijay Paryani||Ross University School of Medicine||Categorical||Hemotology/Oncology|
|2015-2016||Edwin Avallone||Wes Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine||Categorical||Hospitalist|
|Jeremy Cumberledge||JC Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University||Categorical||Gastroenterology|
|John Davisson||Indiana University School of Medicine||Categorical||Private Practice|
|Sally Nau||University of Toledo College of Medicine||Categorical||Hospitalist|
|2014-2015||Lindsey Goldberg||Medical College of Georgia||Primary Care||Hospitalist|
|Nathan Kusterer||Saint George's University||Categorical||Cardiology|
|2013-2014||Adam Gray||Ross University||Categorical||Hospitalist|
|Ryan Hall||University of Arkansas||Categorical||Hem/Onc|
|Kelli Mathew||Pikeville College||Primary Care||Pulmonary|
|2012-2013||Katherine Dotson||University of Kentucky||Categorical||Primary Care|
|Doug Rice||University of Kentucky||Categorical||Gastroenterology|
|Amanda Smith||University of Kentucky||Med-Peds||Primary Care|
|2011-2012||Martin Rains||University of Kentucky||Med-Peds||Cardiology|
|Catherine Rodriguez||University of Tennessee||Med-Peds||Primary Care|
|Mark Tower||University of Connecticut||Categorical||Hospitalist|
|2010-2011||Beth Arnold||University of Nebraska||Categorical||Hospitalist|
|John Stewart||Texas Tech||Med-Peds||Primary Care|
|Brian Cross||University of Arkansas||Categorical||Gastroenterology|