Current Residents


PGY-5

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Benjamin Lehmkuhl, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Med & Surgery
Undergraduate: Clarke University 
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
E-Mailbdle229@uky.edu

I grew up in Clinton, Iowa and am the oldest of three. My sister is a pediatrics resident at UNMC in Omaha, while my... Read More

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Bryce Noblitt, MD

Medical School: University of Kentucky School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Harding University
Hometown: Louisville, KY
E-Mailbryce.noblitt@uky.edu

I grew up in Louisville, KY in a medical family. My childhood was filled with Boy Scout outings, mission trips, and track practice.... Read More

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Nicole Starr, MD/MPH

Medical School: Wright State School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Depauw University 
Hometown: Willoughby, OH
E-MailNicole.Craker@uky.edu

One of the biggest strengths of this program is the people. The residents have become my family, and the attendings have become my mentors and... Read More


PGY-4

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Kaitlin July, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Undergraduate: Truman State University 
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
E-Mailkaitlin.july@uky.edu

I chose UK not only because the program has depth in all sub specialties and sees a... Read More

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Robin Pappal, MD

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Undergraduate: Boston College
Hometown: Hudson, New Hampshire
E-Mailrobin.pappal@uky.edu

I'm a New Englander, born and raised (go pats!), but Kentucky has stolen my heart. I was first drawn to UK for the breadth of exposure to all fields of otolaryngology and for the sheer complexity of cases.... Read More

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Christopher Rayle, MD

Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate: Taylor University
Hometown: Troy, Illinois
E-Mailchris.rayle@uky.edu

The UK Otolaryngology residents have become my second family. I love the camaraderie that our team has... Read More


PGY-3

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Michael Mullen, MD

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
E-Mail:  mbmu228@uky.edu

I am a proud native of Seattle Washington.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at UW before moving to Philadelphia for medical... Read More

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Skylar Trott, MD

Medical School: University of Kentucky
Undergraduate: U.K.
Hometown: Richmond, Kentucky
E-MailSkylar.trott@uky.edu

I have been in Kentucky since high school and... Read More


PGY-2

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William Ruffin, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Hometown: Opelika, Alabama
E-Mailwcru224@uky.edu

I chose otolaryngology for the wide variety of procedures and endless career choices derived from... Read More

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Cedric Thiel, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Walla Walla University 
Hometown: Pasco, Washington
E-Mailcth266@uky.edu

I came to UK for the people and the training. I value the cohesiveness of the team and how... Read More

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Nicholas Van Maele, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
E-Mail:  ngva224@uky.edu

I was born and raised in southeast Michigan. I have 3 brothers and was heavily involved... Read More


PGY-1

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David Adkins

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Hometown: Charleston, WV
E-Mail:  david.adkins@uky.edu

I have been around medicine since a very young age as my father is an orthopedic surgeon. Throughout high school and the early parts of undergraduate at Wake Forest, I kept an open mind about my career... Read More

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Jon Harper

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Jonestown, PA
E-Mail:  jlha365@uky.edu

My current hobbies include trying new recipes, going for hikes with my wife and dog and playing recreation soccer. I grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania that gave me a strong sense of community.... Read More

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Brian Kinealy

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
E-Mail:  bpki226@uky.edu

I chose UK for the resident-focused experience, as well as for the breadth and depth of subspecialties. Moreover, I was looking for a tight-knit group of residents and collegial faculty. The Department at UK made... Read More

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Preston Leader

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Northwestern College
Hometown: Crofton, NE
E-Mail:  preston.leader@uky.edu

I chose UK Otolaryngology for the surgical volume, rigorous comprehensive training, and the high character residents and attendings within the program. The faculty genuinely care about your... Read More