Residency Program Leadership

Jaime Pittenger Kirtley, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospitalist
Undergrad:  Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Medical School:  University of Tennesee College of Medicine
Pediatric Residency:  University of Louisville
Fun Fact:  "I love to travel and hope to have travelled to every continent before I die -- in addition to raising 2 well-adjusted children."

James Van Buren, MD
Co-Assistant Program Director
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics

Undergrad:  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Medical School:  American University of the Caribbean
Pediatric Residency:  University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital
Fun Fact:  "Selected by program director to stay for an additional year as the sole chief resident for the University of Alabama Pediatric Program."

Elizabeth Berry Seelbach, MD
Co-Assistant Program Director
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospitalist

Undergrad:  Washington Univeristy in St. Louis
Medical School:  University of Kentucky
Residency:   University
Fun Fact:  "I pierced my own ear (second hole) when I was 13 because my mom would not take me to get it done.  She gave me permission to do it myself because she did not think I had the guts to."


Michael J. Fralix
Program Coordinator
Undergraduate:  AB in Speech and Theatre from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
Fun Fact:  "I was an extra in the movies Seabiscuit and Secretariat."

Jim Duncan
Educational Assistant
Fun Fact:  "I love Bluegrass music--the twangier, the better.  Sometimes, very early in the morning, you might even catch me singing at my desk."