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. 

2019-2020 Internal Medicine Chief Residents


Michael Cherry, MD

Hello, my name is Michael Cherry, and I am the Outpatient Scheduling Chief for the 2019-2020 academic year.   My primary task is formulating the monthly outpatient schedule to pair our residents into clinic experiences that enrich their development as physicians.  Like the other chiefs, I also deliver lectures and morning report content weekly.  During several occasions this year, I will also be an attending at the VA and the Good Samaritan Hospital on the teaching services, and I greatly enjoy my time on the Wards, as I plan to become a hospitalist after chief year.  I come from Georgia, and completed medical school at Mercer University in Savannah, Georgia.  Although the winters here in Kentucky are colder than those in Savannah, the Internal Medicine program has made me feel right at home, and I have been greatly enjoying my time in Lexington.


Melissa Jordan, MD

Hey y'all! My name is Melissa Jordan and I am the conference chief. My role is to schedule didactics including morning report and noon conference. I also aid our residents in participating in scholarly activity. I am originally from the gulf coast of Alabama and went to undergraduate and medical school in Birmingham, AL. There were many aspects about the University of Kentucky Internal Medicine program that attracted me to choose UK for my training including the high acuity patients we care for and our interdisciplinary approach to patient care. However, what really stood out to me on my interview day was the collegiality among the residents! Lexington is a beautiful place to live. It has the best of everything: long summer days, beautiful fall and spring, a little city life and a little horse country. There is great college sports, delicious fine dining, and amazing outdoor adventures. I've been happy to call Lexington home over the past 3 years!

Andrew Menezes, MD

Hello! My name is Andrew Menezes, 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, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Curriculum, and Resident Wellness. I am originally from Houston, Texas but I have been fortunate to live in several parts of the United States over the past decade. After three years in Lexington, KY, my family and I absolutely love it here! 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!


Kyle Rosenstein, MD

Hey everyone, my name is Kyle Rosenstein, I’m one of the internal medicine chief residents for 2019-2020. 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.  My job is to 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 Lexington, KY and have enjoyed moving back here for medical school and residency. It has been the perfect place to develop my career in medicine as well as take full advantage of all the great activities, entertainment, and food/drink found in and around Lexington.


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