Current Housestaff

Meet the Ophthalmology Residents for 2017-2018

PGY-4


Chief Resident

Stuart Ball, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

PGY-4

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency program?
On my interview I was struck by the congenial and pleasant atmosphere. Prior to the interview I didn't know much about the program but I left loving it.
What do you like about the program?
Pleasant faculty. Large surgical volume. Diverse pathology. Strong faculty support for fellowship applications.
What are your Hobbies/Interests?
Soccer and climbing when time permits. I've participated in steel tip dart leagues for several years now and still enjoy it. More recently, several residents and I have started to make and sell a habanero-based hot sauce dubbed "Red eye." 
Words of wisdom for inquiring applicants?
There are different ideas out there on what qualities make a good Ophthalmologist, and you'll find programs will look for slightly different types of candidates. When interviewing, I found one shortcut to learn about the faculty and program was just to talk to the residents--they were picked by the faculty with particular traits in mind. Based on my conversations at pre-interview dinners, I learned I could make a pretty good guess on the nature of faculty, and consequently on how good a fit the program was for me.

James Huffman

James Huffman, MD

University of Kentucky

PGY-4

Ira Perszyk

Ira Perszyk, MD

University of North Dakota

PGY-4

PGY-3

Michelle Abou-Jaoude

Michelle Abou-Jaoude, MD

Florida International University

PGY-3

Alex Cherry

Alex Cherry, MD

The Ohio State University

PGY-3

Laura Coyne

Laura Coyne, MD

The Ohio State University

PGY-3

PGY-2

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson, MD

Virginia Commonwealth University

PGY-2

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency program?
There are a lot of reasons that I chose to come to Kentucky. I'd worked and talked with several former residents, and I'd never been around people who spoke so highly of a high place of training. I haven't been disappointed at all. The people have been just as great to work with as they promised, and the town has been just as wonderful as everyone said.
What do you like about the program?
My favorite thing about the program is definitely the people I work with, all of which have been great to work with and learn from. The rotation blocks are organized really well, and that's certainly a great selling point. The new building is awesome to use and we love having the penthouse resident room. Having the hospital's all attached to each other helps with keeping call organized and efficient.
What are your Hobbies/Interests?
My wife and I love raising our kids in Lexington; there's lots to do with our little family. We love making day trips to Louisville and Cincinnati, and having the mountains so close is a real treat. We've spent many days at the beach at Cave Run Lake or on beautiful hikes. I'm still learning how to be a good bass fisherman, having grown up in the Rockies fly fishing for trout.
Words of wisdom for inquiring applicants?
The best advice I can give applicants is to be honest about what makes you interested in certain programs. You want people to know that you are genuinely interested in going to a certain location rather than just having applied broadley to increase your chances. Programs will appreciate knowing which applicants are really motivated to match with them.

Darren Hill

Darren Hill, MD

Penn State University

PGY-2

Ankur Mehra

Ankur Mehra, MD

The Ohio State University

PGY-2

Justin West

Justin West, MD

University of Kentucky

PGY-2

PGY1 Matched Residents - Beginning Ophthalmology Residency July 2018

Jeffrey Farmer, MD

East Tennessee State University

PGY-1

Justin Gagel, MD

East Tennessee State University

PGY-1

Rebekah Huffman, DO

Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk

PGY-1

Adam Parker, MD

Albany Medical College

PGY-1