Terri Postma, MD

Current Employment

Department of Health and Human Service

Medical Officer 

Clinical Interests

Neurotoxicology, health care policy

Medical School

2000 - 2004 University of Maryland School of Medicine


2004 - 2008 Residency (Neurology), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 

Awards & Honors

2010-present CMS Performance and Administrators Award
2007 AAMC Resident Community Service Recognition Award Nominee
1994-1998 NIH recognition awards


Numerous first and co-authorships for book chapters and peer-reviewed articles related to neuropsychopharmacological and telemedicine research, neurotoxicology, and health care policy in such publications as Epilpsia, Molecular Brain Research, JAMA, & Modern Healthcare.  


Invited speaker for numerous panels and presentations at national and local conferences related to the presentation topics noted above, including presentations for:

American Medical Association

American Bar Association

American College of Medical Quality

American Health Lawyers Association

American Heart Association

Institute of Medicine

Brookings Institute

American Academy of Neurology

American Neurological Association

Personal Message

My time during residency at the University of Kentucky was a period of personal and professional growth. Having been involved for many years in neurophsychopharmacological research at the National Institutes of Health, attending medical school and then residency broadened my understanding of the brain and clinical practice. Residency also permitted time for exploration of new fields, including neurotoxicology, patient advocacy, and health care policy. I found many opportunities to advocate for better patient safety and quality of care both locally in Kentucky as well as nationally with the American Academy of Neurology. I was privileged to be selected by the AAN as a Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Fellow, Mentor, and Advisor, and then to serve as the AAN's Kenneth M Viste Neurology Public Policy Fellow on the United States Senate Finance Committee during the 111th Congress' health care reform debate. This experience led me to understand the importance of physician involvement in shaping our nation's policies that impact the quality of our patient's care. I subsequently took up my current post in the Department of Health and Human Services where I serve as Medical Officer and Senior Advisor to leadership for Medicare policies and programs related to value-based purchasing such as those related to accountable care organizations (ACOs).

I welcome contact with future and current UK residents who have questions about residency life at UK or who have an interest in patient advocacy and health policy.