About Division of Research

The Division of Research is part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Its programs and activities involve medical student and resident curricular design and development, research, and population medicine service activities.

The Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN), established in 2000, finds its home within the Division of Research. Educators, researchers, and clinicians collaborate across the state of Kentucky and beyond to advance the field of Community Medicine and Population Health. The overarching goal of the Division is to improve the wellbeing of our patients and communities.

Roberto Cardarelli, DO - Chief of Population MedicineDr. Roberto Cardarelli, the founding Chief of the Division, brings experiences spanning clinical practice for vulnerable populations, practice, research, healthcare administration, and teaching. A native of San Francisco, California, Dr. Cardarelli spent his medical and research training in Texas.

Prior to arriving to the University of Kentucky, he founded and directed the Primary Care Research Center and North Texas Primary Care Research Network at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He currently also conducts research, sees patients and teaches medical students and family medicine residents at UK and its affiliated Family Medicine residencies in Lexington, Morehead and Hazard, KY.