President Capilouto announced that a clinician from the medical campus and a student
would be spotlighted at this Board meeting. Both are working across the Commonwealth to
make Kentucky a better place.
Dr. Michael R. Dobbs is an associate professor and vice chair of neurology. He also
directs the University of Kentucky’s comprehensive stroke program. He is a native son, bom in
Somerset, Kentucky. He graduated from UK with a degree in microbiology in 1994. He also
graduated from the UK College of Medicine in 1998. He is currently working on a master’s
degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in his spare time.
Dr. Dobbs’ research and scholarly interests include process improvement of health care
systems, stroke epidemiology and health care disparities, and clinical neurotoxicology. His
textbook Clinical Neur0t0xic0l0gy is becoming the standard for the field.
After completing his residency training in 2002 at UK, he spent a few years in the Air
Force and has been in the College of Medicine since 2006.
He considers his most important project at UK to be the fonnation and direction of a
statewide stroke care network. His wife, Betsy, graduated from UK in 2002 with her degree in
economics and will soon complete her master’s degree in library sciences.
President Capilouto then showed a video highlighting Dr. Dobbs’ work. Following the
video, he asked Dr. Dobbs to share some remarks about his work with the Board.
Dr. Dobbs said he was deeply honored that President Capilouto would find the simple
work that he does worthy of being featured at a Board of Trustees meeting. The stroke network
is really an important focus of what is being done in stroke care at UK. He said he was happy to
announce that a couple of UK’s stellar third-year medical students had approached him wanting
research projects. These students will be working with faculty to develop their scholarly skills
with network projects that will take them out into the state and increase their awareness of
disease around Kentucky, which is what he thinks the College of Medicine should be doing. He
told the Board that he would be happy to talk with them about his work. The Board gave Dr.
Dobbs a round of applause.
President Capilouto introduced Mary Burchett, who is currently a fourth-year medical
student in the UK College of Medicine. A native of Winchester, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa
from Centre College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
As a medical student, she has been selected twice to participate in the Professional
Student Mentored Research Fellowship, and she also completed the Academic Health Careers
Fellowship. In addition, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society during her
third year of medical school.
Mary has served on the LCME Steering Committee to prepare the College of Medicine
for re-accreditation, and she is an active member ofthe Implementation Committee, working to