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2020 Fall Symposium: Speaker Biographies


Shelley Irving, MSPAS, PA-C

Mrs. Irving is a 2008 alum of the UK Physician Assistant Studies Program and joined faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor and is part of the clinical year team. In addition, she serves as site director for the Morehead campus and chairs the admissions committee. She is board certified through NCCPA and licensed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. She has continually practiced in Eastern Kentucky with experience in Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Family Medicine, Palliative Care, and Internal Medicine. Primary interests involve providing care for geriatric patients in rural areas and improving the health and well-being of Eastern Kentuckians by preparing the next generation of physician assistants.

Marty Mullins, PA-C, CLS, FNLA

Marty Mullins is a board-certified Physician Assistant who has practiced Internal Medicine for 38 years and has always been involved in both a Hospital and Clinic Practice. He was selected as one of the Top 40 Alumni in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky and has been recognized as an Outstanding Clinical Instructor. He is a Clinical Lipid Specialist and a Fellow of the National Lipid Association. Marty has a strong interest in the Clinical Management of Lipid Disorders and Diabetes. He has lectured extensively in the science and treatment of Hyperlipidemia and Diabetes Mellitus in many states and has provided numerous lectures for Physicians and Health Care Providers.

Doug Oyler, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Oyler serves as the Director of the Office of Opioid Safety at the University of Kentucky, where he leads the institution’s opioid stewardship program, including development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve safe opioid use within the health system. He has collaborated with the Kentucky Hospital Association, KASPER, and numerous other state and local entities to improve opioid use throughout the state. His work in opioid stewardship has been featured in the American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, the Journal of Opioid Management, and the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, among others.

Additionally, Dr. Oyler serves as the Associate Director of Pharmacy for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; he is also an associate professor within the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Dr. Oyler graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2010, where he then completed a pharmacy practice residency, a critical care specialty residency, and a fellowship in academia.

Samual G. Powdrill, MPhil, PA-C

Sam currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. In 2004, Sam returned to the United States after serving as the Coordinator for the Eye Unit at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Tenwek is a well-known Christian mission teaching Hospital serving the people of Southwestern Kenya. In the thirteen years he spent at Tenwek, Sam and his wife played an integral role in the establishment and expansion of the hospital’s Eye Unit. They were Stationed at Tenwek with one of its partner organizations, Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI) - one of the oldest and largest organizations serving the blind and disabled throughout the developing world. Sam focused on developing low cost eye care services and eye surgery delivery to this largely unserved rural community. Today, Tenwek Eye Unit is the major eye care facility for about one million people, providing inpatient and outpatient services, eye surgery, training programs in eye health, and mobile eye care outreach.

Sam earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the School of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University, and continued on to obtain a Diploma of Community Eye Health from the Institute of Ophthalmology in London, and a Masters of Philosophy (with an emphasis in community eye health education), from the University of London. He received NCCPA certification as physician assistant and surgical assistant following his graduation from the Physician Assistant Program at the University of North Dakota. After eye surgery training at the Kenya Medical Training College in Nairobi he was certified in Kenya as an Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and cataract surgeon. Each year Sam devotes some of his time to eye surgery and training of eye surgeons at various underserved places in the world.

Kevin Payton

Kevin Payton, a native of Frankfort, has spent his entire career as a government relations professional representing interests both in the private sector and within the executive branch of Kentucky government. Kevin's wide range of legislative and executive branch lobbying experience, particularly in the healthcare field, has prepared him to affect positive change from a corporate environment to grassroots human service advocacy.

Prior to joining Top Shelf Lobby, Kevin served as the Legislative Director for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Kevin's ability to work within Kentucky's diverse political climate contributed to many successful and progressive health initiatives achieved by CHFS. Kevin joined Southern Strategy Group in 2006, partnering with Leigh Ann Thacker to expand the scope of the government relations firm.

In the private sector, Kevin lobbied for Children’s Alliance and the Kentucky Association of Regional Programs, both human service provider associations, representing membership on all issues related to Kentucky government. In addition, Kevin represented ResCare, one of Kentucky’s largest publicly traded companies and the nation’s largest provider of services to people with developmental disabilities, as its Director of Government Relations. From 2013-2019, Kevin served on the Board of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky in a voluntary capacity and was acting President of the Board from 2017-2018.

Kevin received a B.A. in political science from Kentucky State University and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Louisville.

Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, 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 with joint appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies. He also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Chief Academic Officer for the College of Pharmacy.

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. In 2018 he was named by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as a “Distinguished Teacher Scholar.” In 2019, Dr. Romanelli was named an Academic Leadership Fellow by the Southeastern Athletic Conference.

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 Executive 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. Rosenau is an Associate Professor and Acting Director of Hepatology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Rosenau specializes in general hepatology, with a focus on viral hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma and the management of pre- and post-liver transplant patients.

After receiving his medical degree from Hanover Medical School in Germany, he continued to work there in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for almost 10 years, contributing to one of the highest output hepatology research divisions in Germany and one of the largest transplant programs in Europe.

Dr. Rosenau has authored several clinical research articles. He is on editorial boards of international medical journals and is active as a peer reviewer.

Austin Stone, MD

Dr. Stone is a knee and shoulder specialist and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Rush University School of Medicine in Chicago. During his residency, Dr. Stone earned his PhD in molecular medicine and transitional sciences with a focus on meniscal injury and osteoarthritis.

Dr. Stone’s goals are treating musculoskeletal injuries and disease to restore an active lifestyle. He has a significant background and training in advanced orthobiologics for treatment of sports injuries and early arthritic disease. Dr. Stone has conducted extensive research on the early mechanisms of cartilage and meniscus injury that lead to osteoarthritis. His additional research interests include orthopaedic clinical outcomes, overhead athlete injuries and cycling injury and performance.

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