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Fall Symposium: Speaker Biographies

Jacob Avila, MD

Jacob Avila is an Emergency Medicine specialist in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended and graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2012, having over 5 years of diverse experience, especially in Emergency Medicine. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine-Chattanooga. He completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

W. Scott Black, MD

W. Scott Black is the current Director of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistants Studies Program and serves as the medical director of UK Employee Health. Dr. Black is also a team physician for the UK Wildcats and the EKU Colonels. He is a graduate of the UK College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Kentucky Hospital. After working in private practice for several years, he returned to the University of Kentucky to finish a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky Healthcare System staff in 2007, Dr. Black was on faculty at the University of Louisville, where he established the sports medicine fellowship and served as team physician.

Joanne Brown, APRN

Joanne Brown is a Nurse Practitioner at University Health Service at the University of Kentucky. She is dual certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. For the past 20 years her clinical focus has been GYN, GU and Sexual Health. She is a provider with the Transform Health Clinic at UK, a partnership of UK Healthcare providers who have a shared goal of meeting many of the unique medical needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Kentucky.

DeShana Collett, PhD, MS, BS

For over the last 10 years, Dr. Collett has been committed to academic and professional excellence within the UKPA program, the institution, and professionally. Dr. Collett teaches in the didactic curriculum. Currently, she is the course director for the Clinical Methods and Patient Evaluation and Management courses. She has previously held long-term national membership in the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Inclusion & Diversity Council and Chaired the PAEA Cultural Competency Committee for several years. Dr. Collett co-created and facilitated the Minority Faculty Leadership Pando™ workshop for PAEA. Dr. Collett was a 2016 Fellow for the Bluegrass Consortium Academic Leadership Academy and currently Co-Chairs the Unconscious Bias Student Subcommittee, and the African, African American, Native American Affinity Group at the University. Additionally, Dr. Collett mentors for the Center of Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives. She is also a member of the Kentucky Association of Physician Assistant Government Committee.

A key aspect of her commitment and leadership is creating and maintaining a vision that allows for opportunities and long-term growth. Her leadership has been instrumental in influences the outcomes of her organizational unit. While serving in her role as, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, she development and implementation of holistic admissions to promote diversity and inclusion in the physician assistant program. Additionally, while serving in the role of Director of Accreditation, she created and established a foundational structure that was essential for the implementation of a systematic evaluation review process of program outcomes.

Dr. Collett received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy, all from the University of Kentucky. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience in family medicine, and she has a specific interest in women’s health. Her research, grantsmanship and scholarly productivity all have central common themes that relate to discourses that center around inclusion and equity. She has published and presented in multiple academic venues on topics of health and healthcare equity, with particular interest in intimate partner violence. Recently, she has expanded her research to include the integration of genomics and diversity in precision medicine.

Lennea Coombs, PA-C

Ms. Lennea Coombs is a long time resident of southern Indiana. After graduating from Butler University’s physician assistant program with her bachelor’s degree in 2002 she returned home to work in Louisville. Her career in cancer medicine spans 12 years. She currently works at the Norton Cancer Institute where, in addition to practicing general cancer medicine, she is an integral part of the Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Center and also heavily involved in clinical research. After completing her master’s degree from Drexel University in 2013, Lennea has devoted herself to the education of future PAs. She is currently a guest lecturer for the Sullivan University PA program and serves on an advisory committee for the Norton Healthcare/UK physician assistant program partnership. In addition, she has many students, both prospective PA applicants and current PA students, who have shadowed her. Lennea is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well as the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO). She serves an editorial reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) and an abstract reviewer for the annual AAPA Conference. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband Derek and two daughters, Kate and Caroline.

John Gurley, MD

Dr. Gurley is a visionary leader in the medical field who has devoted his career to saving and improving lives. Dr. Gurley has developed a busy interventional cardiology practice within the University of Kentucky’s Gill Heart & Vascular Institute and has a reputation for successfully overcoming clinical challenges and giving patients years of life when their prognosis was otherwise very dim.

Over the years, Dr. Gurley has been awarded special recognition as a “Health Hero” for his volunteer healthcare involvement in the community. His commitment to improving healthcare is so much a part of his identity that he founded a company, Therix Medical, specifically focused on leveraging the innovation within the University of Kentucky to create new life-saving medical products/techniques.

Dr. Gurley earned an MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a residency in internal medicine at NE Ohio University and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Kentucky.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Gurley is an elected board member to the American Heart Association and has been an invited speaker for numerous national and international scientific meetings.

Mary Ireland, MD

Mary Lloyd Ireland is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Ireland received her Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee. Her residency was at the University of California, Irvine and her fellowships in Sports Medicine were at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts and Hughston Orthopedic Clinic, Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Ireland served as Team Physician for EKU from 1988 to January 2006, Team Physician for the University of Kentucky from 1985 to 1996. She served as Medical Coordinator and Head Physician for the Bluegrass State Games from 1985 to 1996.

She served as Head Physician at the Olympic Sports Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1990 and as a Medical Staff Member at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. Dr. Ireland serves on the editorial board for numerous journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and The Physician and Sports medicine.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American College of Sports Medicine. She is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and an affiliate member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Dr. Ireland has served on the Kentucky Medical Association's Committee on School Health, Physical Education, and Medical Aspect of Sports from 1987 to the present and has served on the Kentucky State Advisory Council on Athletic Trainers from 1992 until the present.

Dr. Ireland has published numerous articles and chapters. She is co-editor of The Female Athlete (Saunders 2002) and editor of the AAOS Instructional Course Lectures - Sports Medicine, published (2005). She is involved in numerous endeavors regarding gender differences, injury patterns, treatment and prevention of injuries of the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Ireland was named Southeast Athletic Trainer's Association (SEATA) Sports Medicine Person of the Year in 1997 and was the recipient of President's Challenge Award for National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) in 1998.

Dr. Ireland is a member of many professional societies and participates in various capacities on a regular basis.

Hannah Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice and specialty residency at UK HealthCare. Dr. Johnson has an active clinical practice at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital where she provides pharmaceutical care to adult and adolescent patients with mental illness or behavioral health problems.

Kelly Joy, MSPAS, PA-C

Kelly is a full-time faculty member in Sullivan University’s physician assistant program. She also serves as a surgical first assist for the Norton Cancer Institute’s Gynecological Oncology Department. Kelly has a strong clinical interest in women’s health care and a research background that includes various topics including electron microscopy, conservation genetics, traumatic spinal cord and brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. She received her Bachelor of Science at Murray State University, her Master of Science at North Dakota State University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky.

Siddharth Kapoor, MD

Siddharth Kapoor specializes in care for adults with epilepsy with a special focus on the elderly; diagnosis of seizures and non-epileptic “spells,” especially challenging migraines; planning for epilepsy surgery in potential candidates when medications fail; vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and the emerging role of Deep Brain Stimulation and responsive neurostimulation; and caring for women with epilepsy during their reproductive years. Dr. Kapoor received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College at the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India.

Mehdi Khosravi, MD

Dr. Khosravi earned an MD from Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. He completed an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and served as chief resident at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin.

Clinical interests include asthma and COPD with research focuses on airway neurobiology, asthma, and remodeling. Dr. Khosravi is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

He is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Nicole Leedy, MD

Nicole Leedy currently works at UK Healthcare in the Infectious Disease Department. She received her medical degree from Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. She then completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Andy Leventhal, MD

Dr. Andrew Leventhal is a cardiologist in Lexington, Kentucky and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Christ Hospital and University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is one of 40 doctors at Christ Hospital and one of 51 at University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital who specialize in Cardiology.

Marty Mullins, PA-C, CLS

Marty Mullins is a board certified physician assistant who has practiced Internal Medicine for 35 years. He is currently a Community Based Faculty Member with the University of Kentucky and has been selected as an Outstanding Clinic Instructor. He is a Clinical Lipid Specialist and a member of the National Lipid Association. He has worked as a Fitness Counselor and was selected as one of the Top 40 Alumni in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He was chosen Kentucky Physician Assistant of the Year in 2007. His clinical interest focuses on the clinical management of lipid disorders.

Thein Myint, MD

Dr. Thein Myint is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at University of Kentucky. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine, Mandalay, Myanmar. He finished his internal medicine residency training from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. He then completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Doug Oyler, MD

Dr. Oyler serves as the Director for the Office of Opioid Safety within UK HealthCare and leads the institution’s efforts related to opioid stewardship and responsible opioid prescribing. Additionally, he maintains a practice within surgical and trauma critical care and teaching commitment within the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Oyler received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky, where he then completed a pharmacy practice residency and critical care specialty residency. This was followed by a fellowship in academic pharmacy at the UK College of Pharmacy.

Carmen Pinto, MD

Carmen Pinto has devoted over 25 years to being a mental health advocate, educator, and lead psychiatrist for a public mental health center covering eight rural counties in central Kentucky. He has struggled to destigmatize mental illness, increase access to services, and recruit quality care providers for indigent patients. Dr. Pinto completed medical school at Michigan State University on a naval scholarship. He trained in tropical and dive medicine before taking an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. A passion for psychiatry led Pinto to a residency at West Virginia University, which involved both military and civilian psycho-traumatology work. His trauma experience was put to use treating veterans at the Clarksburg, WV, VA hospital. Dr. Pinto is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Louisville, exposing medical students to a positive perspective on public mental health. He has also been a consultant and speaker for multiple pharmaceutical companies and has served three years on the Passport Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee. He is board-certified, re-certified, and he has received multiple teaching awards. Most recently, Dr. Pinto has helped launch a new Physician Assistant training program at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. Focusing on underserved areas, he has also helped launch an ACT team in rural, central Kentucky by serving as the medical director. His desire to improve patient outcomes by integrating modern medical technology in a holistic, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach has led to a model for excellence in treating patients with severe mental illness.

Frank Romanelli, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP

Dr. Romanelli is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He completed both a Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he also served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. He is currently the Paul F. Parker Endowed Professor of Pharmacy and Associate Dean at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy with joint appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. Romanelli has received several commendations by various groups for outstanding teaching. In 2003 he was selected by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as a ‘Great Teacher’; this is the oldest continuous award presented by UK. In 2004, he received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award and in 2008 the UK Provosts Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Tenured Faculty Member. Dr. Romanelli has also been recognized as an Outstanding Professor of the Year by both the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences at UK. From student nominations, Dr. Romanelli has been recognized by the UK College of Education as a “Teacher Who Made a Difference.” In 2012 he was inducted as an honorary member of Pi Alpha, the National Physician Assistant Academic Honor Society and in 2013 he was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society for Public Health. Dr. Romanelli is board certified in pharmacotherapy and recognized by the American Association of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Romanelli currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Additionally, he is the section editor for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. He maintains an active practice in the area of HIV/AIDS and his research interests include pharmacy education and pedagogy. He is currently overseeing a major curricular revision and re-engineering of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at the University of Kentucky.

Jens Rosenau, MD

Dr. Jens Rosenau is a gastroenterologist in Lexington, Kentucky and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Harrison Memorial Hospital and Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Hannover Medical School and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Rosenau accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 6 doctors at Harrison Memorial Hospital and one of 12 at Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Gastroenterology.

Susan Smyth, PhD, MD, FACC

Susan S. Smyth is the Jeff Gill Professor of Cardiology, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute, and Director of the MD/PhD Program at the University of Kentucky. She also has a part-time appointment as a cardiologist and funded investigator at the Lexington VA Medical Center. As a clinician and investigator, Smyth’s research focuses on the interplay between inflammation and thrombosis, and in particular the contribution of blood and vascular cell adhesion and signaling systems to ischemic vascular disease. Her group translates observations from experimental cellular systems and preclinical animal models to clinical settings, and have instigated clinical trials in arterial and venous thrombosis, and more recently sepsis. Her work has resulted in novel mechanistic insight into thromboinflammatory pathways and the generation of unique reagents, preclinical models, technology and new therapeutic strategies for vascular diseases. Recent studies investigate pathways for production, metabolism and biologic effects of lysophospholipid mediators in cardiovascular health and disease. She has authored over 150 publications and contributed to over a dozen textbooks. Smyth received her A.B. in Biology, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts), and graduated from the MD/PhD Program at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). After completing training in Internal Medicine, she performed cardiology subspecialty fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, New York) and at the University of North Carolina. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a fellow of the American Heart Association, and listed on Best Doctors® in America. In 2008, she received the Stewart-Niewiarowski Award in Vascular Biology and was the 2013 recipient of the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award from the American Heart Association. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the American College of Cardiology.

Austin Stone, MD, PhD

Dr. Stone is currently the Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director, Center for Cartilage Restoration and Repair at the University of Kentucky. He attended the University of Cincinnati Medical School. His post-graduate work was completed at Wake Forest University.

Thomas Whayne, MD

Thomas F. Whayne, Jr., MD, PhD, has been Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Kentucky since April l998. Prior to then, he was initially in academic medicine for 7 years (1970-1977), 2 of which were spent at the Ohio State University followed by 5 years at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma. After this initial academic career, he was in the private practice of cardiology at the Lexington Clinic in Lexington, KY for 21 years, starting in 1977, before joining the University of Kentucky in 1998. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1963. Residency in Internal Medicine was at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Cardiovascular training was at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California-San Francisco and this included the award of a PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1970. He is board certified in both Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine. His patient practice is limited to cardiovascular medicine with major interests in the aggressive treatment of coronary atherosclerosis, blood lipid disorders, and the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors. Research interests include lipoprotein metabolism and innovative cardiovascular medical therapies. He has published over 150 medical articles, which include 18 in the Spanish language with over 100 Medline-listed publications in PubMed. He has given over 70 international presentations in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries. Fellowship has been awarded in multiple professional organizations including the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is a long-standing member of Who’s Who in America, which includes recognition as a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and is listed in Best Doctors in America. He received the John B. Chang Research Achievement Award of the International College of Angiology in Vienna in September 2017.

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