Current Residents


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Kaitlin July, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Undergraduate: Truman State University 
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO

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

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

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


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Michael Mullen, MD

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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

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


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William Ruffin, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Hometown: Opelika, Alabama

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

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

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


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David Adkins

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Hometown: Charleston, WV

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

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

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

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


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Carly Clark

Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
UndergraduateTulane University
HometownDavidson, NC

Though I was born and raised in North Carolina, I have traveled and lived in... Read More

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Brady Tucker

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I was born and raised in a small farming community in southern Indiana. I received my undergraduate degree in biochemistry from DePauw... Read More

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Bronson Wessinger

Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Mobile, AL

Interviewing during COVID was obviously an unusual and difficult experience for applicants. It was tough to get a feel for a program’s overall personality and whether you would like working with the people there. Even... Read More

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Shane White

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate: Bemidji State University
Hometown: Rhinelander, WI

I was born and raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin before going to Bemidji State University to play basketball and study chemistry (in that order). I then went to the Medical College of Wisconsin where I came across... Read More