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Glasgow physician Brent Wright named 2020 Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board chair

Dr. Brent Wright, a Glasgow family medicine physician, is the incoming board chair at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He began his term as chair on January 1. Dr. Brent Wright A lifelong Kentuckian, Dr. Wright is the associate dean for rural health innovation at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he collaborates with numerous parties both in and outside the university. Dr....

Dr. Patricia Purcell named new medical director for Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs has named Dr. Patricia Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P. as its new medical director. Purcell is board certified in Pediatrics. She serves as an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she participates in teaching residents and medical students. In her most recent professional role she provided general pediatric...

Norton Healthcare, UofL School of Medicine, UofL Physicians sign letter of intent for new affiliation

The University of Louisville School of Medicine, UofL Physicians – Pediatrics and Norton Healthcare today announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to create a new pediatric affiliation. The LOI allows the organizations to explore a more meaningful partnership as the organizations work toward a definitive agreement later this summer if approved by the UofL Board of Trustees. The...

Kentucky is first in nation for use of antibiotics, new awareness campaign aims to curb inappropriate use

Kentucky has the highest rate of antibiotic use in the United States, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine is trying to do something about it. The school’s Department of Pediatrics has mounted a campaign to highlight the need for education and awareness on antibiotic overuse in Kentucky, and to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in the state. “Although antibiotics are important...

Hosparus Health announces Dr. Bethany Cox Snider as new vice president and chief medical officer

Hosparus Health has named Bethany Cox Snider, M.D., as its new vice president and chief medical officer. She succeeds Jim Gaffney, M.D., who will retire March 30. Dr. Snider is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Snider joined Hosparus Health in 2013 and has served as senior medical director. In that role, she has led the growth of the nonprofit provider’s...

Louisville pediatrician Dr. Gil Liu named medical director for the Department for Medicaid Services

Dr. Gil Liu, a Louisville pediatrician and member of the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty, has been appointed as the new medical director for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson announced the appointment for Liu, who was also recently named as the University of Louisville (UofL)...

U of L doctor Woods elected incoming chair of national Academy of Pediatrics’ section

Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., has been elected the incoming chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence (SOEPHE). His one-year term begins Nov. 1. The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to...

Health, Social Justice Scholars will learn how to improve health equity in disadvantaged communities

Health-care professionals often are aware of larger social issues facing their patients in disadvantaged communities but feel powerless as individual practitioners to change these health disparities. The University of Louisville’s new Health and Social Justice Scholars Program is accepting applicants who will be trained to work with other professionals in communities to bring about changes to benefit...

U of L brain researcher, Japanese collaborators demonstrate the importance of oral health in stroke

In a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans). Robert P. Friedland, M.D., the Mason C. and Mary D. Rudd Endowed Chair and Professor in Neurology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, was a co-author...

Nationally recognized heart disease expert Pigula joins faculty at University of Louisville

A nationally and internationally recognized expert in complex congenital heart disease has joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Frank A. Pigula, M.D., comes to Louisville from Boston where he was the clinical director of the pediatric cardiac surgery program at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, rated number one...

Kentucky, Danish researchers combine to lead new study to map disease genes in horses

Ted Kalbfleisch, Ph.D., of the University of Louisville Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is the principal investigator on the grant to study disease genes in horses (UofL Photo)   Morris Animal Foundation has awarded a three-year, $155,000 grant to a team of Kentucky and Danish researchers to build a new reference genome sequence for the domestic horse, the University of Louisville...

One year later, U of L doctor says Affordable Health Care Act is working for Kentucky

A U of L physician wrote a followup article for the New England Journal of Medicine noting the success of the ACA after its first year (U of L Photo)   One year ago, Michael Stillman, M.D., and his colleague, Monalisa Tailor, M.D., both physicians with the University of Louisville Department of Medicine, wrote a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” article about “Tommy Davis,”...

Auction to benefit medical student mission trips features basketball signed by Cardinals

A basketball signed by the players of the NCAA National Champion Cardinals will be among the items auctioned this Friday at Bluegrass Brewing Company East in St. Matthews, 3929 Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Proceeds will help fund medical mission trips this summer to Kenya and Ecuador by medical students of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.   The live and silent auction events...