Resident Corner

Med-Peds Residents


Brant Cornelius, DO  

Hometown: Beattyville, KY
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Hiking in the Red River Gorge, playing golf and disc golf, any board or card game, collecting bourbon, going to all the different breweries in Lexington, serving at my local church, and mowing the grass (yes, I said it).
Did you have a career before medicine?: No
Favorite place to grab a drink in Lexington: All the breweries in Lexington are great, but if I had to pick, Blue Stallion.
Best doughnut in Lexington: This ones tough, but I gotta go with Magee’s! 
Why UK: I know that every program claims this, but UK Med-Peds is a family, and it's a big one. From all the residents and faculty, plus all the former UK Med-Peds graduates on staff here at UK, you will find a Med-Peds friend wherever you go. Our PD, APD, and our program coordinator have done and will do anything for you to help make your goals and dreams possible. They are intentional and treat you like you're the only resident in the program. And of course, having grown up and lived in KY my whole life, I'm a big UK fan, so GO CATS!

Madison Dressler, MD 

Hometown: Harrodsburg, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Career goals: Typical MP answer- undecided and loving everything!
Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, reading, long walks with my Bernedoodle
Favorite rotation: Any inpatient wards
Dream, non-medical job: Open a Bed and Breakfast in the Swiss Alps.
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: The opportunity to work alongside kind and supportive MP faculty scattered all throughout the hospital: whether in clinics, inpatient services or in the ICU's. Lexington is home for me- I loved the challenging patient population, the city, and the incredible group of residents here!

Miranda Gerrard, MD 

Hometown: Pine Village, IN; Riner, VA
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Dream, non-medial job: Horse trainer
Hobbies: Livestock showing - cattle, pigs, sheep, horseback riding - Western, trail, pleasure, rodeo

Laura Josephson, MD 

Hometown: Marshfield, Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
My hobbies: hiking, swimming, running, reading, violin, travel 
Did you have a career before medicine?: no
Dream non-medical job: National Geographic photographer so I could travel and explore all the historic/natural wonders of the world

Joshua Morris, MD

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Medical School: University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Hobbies: Running, Podcasts, Audiobooks, SciFi, Gardening, Cooking, History, Clinical Reasoning, Teaching, Crosswords, Trivia, Proud Cat Dad.
Career goals: Not sure yet, I love most rotations!
Favorite Rotation: Med-Peds Clinic
Favorite weekend getaway: Any place with a bed & breakfast and a winery
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: The Med-Peds presence is amazing throughout all the hospital, and everyone I met was so friendly, kind, and made me feel welcome.

Benjamin Nicholson, MD 

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids climbing, hiking, disc golf.
Favorite place to grab some food: I'm loving Bourbon N Toulouse, Thai street cafe, Kentucky native cafe (it's in a green house), and there's an amazing taco place in a gas station next to my house. 
Favorite place to grab a beer: I'm not a huge beer guy, but I do love the whisky selection in the distillery district (and in Lexington in general). Its a little outdoor area with distilleries, a pizza place with 2-foot wide pizza, a brewery and an awesome ice cream place.

Hobbies: Woodworking, Hiking, Board games, Cat dading

Favorite weekend getaway: Red River Gorge
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: There was a very strong med peds presence, other programs thought highly of med/peds here. The program direction, and the other residents just seemed very authentic. I was drawn to the high acuity of the patient population.

Best doughnut in Lexington: I recognize this is a highly debated topic but I have to go with Magee's. Strong second Spaudling's, Franks is open before 6, and an excellent choice. 

Did you have a career before medicine?: It wasn't exactly before but throughout undergrad and medical school I worked construction. 


Jonathan Barko, MD  

Hometown: Mentor, OH
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Playing tennis, traveling, hiking
Did you have a career before medicine?: Yes, a PreK-5th grade music teacher and then a high school band
director for 2 years
Favorite place to grab a drink in Lexington: West Main Crafting Company
Best doughnut in Lexington: Spaulding’s
Catchphrase: “How’s in goin’?”


Charles Grigsby, MD 

Hometown: Lexington, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Career goals: Fellowship
Hobbies: Skateboarding, Fantasy Sports, Video/Board Games, Bourbon Collecting
Favorite rotation: Internal Medicine Wards; the patient acuity and sense of teamwork
Dream, non-medical job: Bitcoin miner
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: High Med-Peds presence, comfort level with the residents/faculty,
extremely complicated patient cases, and emphasis on research at the medical center

Gabby Kahler, MD 

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Dream, non-medial job: Zookeeper
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: Genuinely love the Lexington area and loved the group of residents!
My favorite from the interview trail. Loved the sense of community and how kind the program directors are as well!
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, exploring, board games

Elizabeth Martinez, MD 

Hometown: Louisville, KY/Habana
Medical School: University of Louisville, School of Medicine
What is your catchphrase: Oye loca!
Did you have a career before medicine?: I was a Medical technologist and worked in a microbiology lab for 8
years, before that I was a CNA and before that I was a bartender/waitress
Dream non-medical job: A metal singer

Jacob Meece, MD

Hometown: Bardstown, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Working on old sports cars, driving old sports cars, being stranded by broken down old sports cars.
Career goals: Rural Med/Peds!
Favorite Rotation: VA Wards. Veterans are such an honor to serve, and they are grateful for all we do.
Favorite weekend getaway: Cave Run Lake near Morehead KY for fishing, hiking and Pop's BBQ
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: Our program feels like a second family. The support and friendship
has been incredible!

Max Richardson, MD 

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and son, rock climbing, hiking, disc golf.
Favorite place to grab some food: Apollo pizza
Favorite place to grab a beer: West Sixth Breweing
Favorite weekend getaway: Red River Gorge
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: Service of a significant rural population at an academic tertiary care
center. Oh, and the chance to work with some of the most intelligent and kind people I have had the pleasure to


Hilary Crutcher, MD

Hometown: Orange Park, FL
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Hanging out with my two dogs (Harry and Winston), tending to my wildflower garden, listening to
podcasts and audiobooks, hiking, and running, and of course cheering on Clemson during football season!
Dream, non-medical job: Working in the Florida State Parks - save the manatees!
Favorite MedPeds Event: Bonfire and Hayride at Eckhert's Orchard in October
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds: The people and the impact we have on UK as a whole as a med-peds program. Med-peds people are everywhere at UK; on peds, IM, and even within leadership at the medical school and GME. This provides you with mentors every step of the way through residency. It also guarantees that there is almost always someone nearby who knows how you think and what it means to be med peds!


Burton Hendrickson, MD

Hometown: Madison, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Hobbies?: Woodworking, home renovation, gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking, camping
Career goals: Considering Med-Peds Hospitalist vs Primary Care.
Favorite rotation so far: Peds Heme/Onc. We had a great team that month during a very busy month with a lot of very sick kids. I enjoyed the continuity with the patients and families, and I liked the complexity of care.
Did you have a career before medicine? What did you do?: I worked as a carpenter and as a cabinetmaker.
Favorite Place to grab some food in Lexington? Pearl’s Pizza

Kara Jolly, MD

Hometown: Merrimack, NH
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Favorite place to grab a beer in Lexington: Mirror Twin
Career goals: MedPeds primary care
Your go to weekend getaway: The Smokies!
Can you make applesauce?: Yes
Favorite rotation so far: MedPeds ambulatory month. I enjoy the continuity and seeing all ages at the same time!

Faiyad Mannan, MD

Hometown: Staffordsville, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, coffee snobbery, collecting comics/manga, traveling, video games
Favorite rotation: Chandler wards (Adult UK wards) - My attendings and upper levels encouraged me to practice every day with a very appropriate level of autonomy, but were always readily available to help when needed, so I never felt abandoned. I learned something new every single day and felt quite fulfilled at the end of each and every day. Its a tough month, but superbly enriching educationally and emotionally.
Favorite place to eat in Lexington: Tachibana
Favorite MedPeds event: Halloween Switch party!

Haley Marshall, MD

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Goals: TBD. Leaning toward primary care, but keeping an open mind. Stay tuned.
Favorite place to grab a beer? : Pre-COVID: Mirror Twin, Post-COVID: my fridge
Did you have a career before medicine: Yes! Elementary school science teacher
Favorite weekend getaway: Camping! Cave Run Lake, Blue Ridge Mountains, Big South Fork, Red River Gorge are all lovely places to explore
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds: I chose UK for the Med/Peds family and the supportive loving environment that we've made for each other. I feel that it's unique and wonderful and sets our program apart. I also like that UK gives its residents a lot of autonomy and a great community setting, while still having the benefit of a large research institution and all the opportunities that that affords.

Krista Robbins, MD

Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Favorite thing about living in Lexington: All the green (or blue?) grass and dog-friendly places, good community
Dream, non-medical job: Private Investigator or FBI agent
Favorite memory of residency so far: Working long hours (some longer than others) but always being surrounded by amazing people who will let you joke, vent, just talk, or crack up at something ridiculous.
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds: Med-Peds as an entity is respected and well understood here, which was different from what I was used to in SC. Everyone here is wonderful. Our attendings are down-to-earth and always willing to help/teach/turn you into a better doctor. Our residents are the all around best people you'll ever meet. Even if you don't talk to someone as often, they are always willing to help you/hang out with you/do anything you need..


Casey Clark, MD

Hometown: Vanceburg, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, plants, personal finance, home improvement projects
Favorite Rotaiton: Chandler Wards-Sick and interesting patients with a lot of learning
Favorite place to grab some food: Windy Corner Market
Did you have a career before medicine: No, but I was a barista at Starbucks


Ann Finke, MD

Hometown: Lexington, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Career goals: Nephrology Critical Care
Favorite thing about living in Lexington: You're always 5 minutes from a great drive on a country road
Favorite Lexington Restaurant: County Club and Zims
Best weekend gataway: Asheville, NC
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds?: I knew I wanted to stay at UK for a couple reasons. First the climate between all the residents was gerat, I could tell they were like family and really cared about each other. Second, the med peds residents were fully included in the peds and medicine program and not made to feel isolated. Lastly, I am a Lexington native and wanted to be close to family!

Lindsey Hastings, MD

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Baking (especially cheesecakes and all varieties of shortbread cookies), traveling with and spending time
with my friends and family, watching Netflix documentaries
Career Goals: Combined Adult & Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship
What is your catchphrase: Usually some variation on "All's good/Sounds good/no worries."
Favorite memory/moment of residency so far?: Serious moment: Our IM team working with our IM floor
nurses, the L&D nurses, risk management, and the chaplains to help our dying patient fulfill his wish of being a birthing pool on the OB wing. Light-hearted moments: team dinners on pediatric call nights and our
Good Samaritan team potluck day and creation of the "Sambucks" station

Xander Hernandez, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Favorite thing about living in Lexington: The people are more welcoming and nicer than Chicago and Miami.
Dream, non-medical job: Theologian or an MLB player
Why did you choose UK for Med/Peds: Enjoyed the residents and loved my interview with Dr. Lile and Dr.
Trent. Also the fact that there is a good amount of Spanish speaking patients in clinic.

Luke Lewis, MD

Hometown: Flatwoods, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Career Goals: I’m most interested in Academic Inpatient Med-Peds! I love the tradition of teaching rounds and
having learners of all stages present and learning from each other! I couldn’t imagine not having education as a part of my career!
Favorite place to grab a beer: Mirror Twin: Has great beer and an amazing patio (plus they allow dogs, so who
doesn’t love bringing your pup while you drink). And they have great pizza!
Why did you choose UK for MedPeds: The family! I honestly couldn’t justify going anywhere else. Every Med-
Peds resident and attending I worked with as a medical student treated me like a friend or family member. I knew
that I would be supported and loved in all aspects from career, education and personal life by staying at UK! Dr
Stewart, Dr Trent, Leann, and all the residents have truly been amazing.

Taylor Tyree, MD

Hometown: Russellville, KY
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hobbies: Convincing everyone that watching the bachelor/bachelorette is a good use of free time and hanging out with my family
Favorite place to grab a beer: Don’t tell anyone but… Chuy’s I love that cilantro ranch dip
Got any secrets? My parents were missionaries abroad as I was growing up and once time my sisters and I were
models in a children’s clothing catalogue. Ask Ethan, he has a copy..