Kingery to take over as KYCOM dean

Dr. Joe Kingery
Dr. Joe Kingery

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — For the fourth time in its 24-year history, the University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine will soon have a new leader.

Dr. Joe Kingery, who currently serves as the school’s associate dean of osteopathic medical education has been appointed to assume the role of dean. Dr. Kingery will move into the new role on July 1, when current dean Dr. Dana Shaffer retires.

“I am very thankful to be given this opportunity,” Kingery said. “UPike and KYCOM have had a special place in my heart since I was a medical student here. We have wonderful faculty, staff and students, and they are what make this place so exceptional. I am excited and honored to be the next Dean of KYCOM, and I look forward to the work ahead.”

Kingery comes into the role not just as an administrator, but as an alumnus, having graduated from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.

“Dr. Joe Kingery is a great choice as the next Dean of KYCOM,” UPike President Dr. Burton Webb said. “As an alumnus, he has a deep understanding of the mission. As a Kentuckian, he holds the health of the people of the Commonwealth in high regard. As a teacher, he is beloved by his students and respected by his peers. We are convinced that Dr. Kingery will carry on the leadership established by his predecessors and take KYCOM to the next level of academic excellence.” 

Kingery and his wife reside in Pikeville.