The University of Kentucky College of Public Health will induct two new members into its Hall of Fame during the 11th Annual Hall of Fame celebration on October 10 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington at 11:30 a.m.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2004 as a means of formally recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation and/or the world. This year’s inductees have demonstrated such achievement and commitment.
The 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Dr. Samuel Matheny and Dr. Carolyn Williams.
Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH, has roots in Lincoln County, Kentucky, on a farm where four generations of his family lived. A graduate of Emory University (BA), the University of Kentucky (MD), and the UCLA (MPH), he received post-graduate training at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Southern California Medical Center. He is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine; and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is currently the Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives at UK and heads the University’s Global Health Advisory Committee.
Dr. Matheny has served as Chair of the Division of Family Medicine at the University of South Carolina, as well as holding faculty appointments at UCLA and Loma Linda University. Further, he served as Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2010, during which time the Department developed one of the earliest rural training track residencies. He was also responsible for initiating the global health track for the College of Medicine.
He is a past president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) and the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP). His academic interests have been in medical student and graduate education, particularly in rural areas, as well as HIV and global health.