Working as a bedside nurse requires extensive physical effort — pushing wheelchairs and beds, twisting and lifting, and long periods on your feet. Jennifer Thomas, who's been a nurse at UK HealthCare for six years, can attest to this. In fact, it was while assisting a patient from a wheelchair that she badly injured the cartilage in her knee. "The pain was excruciating — a sharp, stabbing, burn," Thomas said. "It was constant regardless of sitting or walking.
Drs. Darren Johnson and Christian Latterman, both professors in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, have been ranked as two of the “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons” by the publication Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry. “I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized at this level. I have always strived to provide the best care to the patients I serve," said Johnson who has been working at UK since 1993 and serves as chair of the department.
A new partnership with Georgetown College Athletics will provide sports teams at Georgetown College with team physicians from the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. The team physician’s first responsibility is the health and safety of each athlete they work with. They assess each athlete for previous injuries and review athlete’s medical histories for medications, hospitalizations surgeries and other information.
his year’s Southern Orthopaedic Association meeting brought a lot of the Big Blue Nation to gator country. The annual meeting gives orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors the opportunity to meet and learn about advancements in the field. The meeting took place July 27-30 in Naples, Florida. Dr. Darren Johnson, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, is currently serving as the president of the association, the first orthopaedic surgeon from Kentucky to be elected to the position. “It’s exciting for our state, its nice to be recognized, said Johnson. Dr.
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 33rd Southern Orthopaedic Association president. Johnson is the first president from the state of Kentucky. There are more than 1,400 orthopaedic physicians who are members of the SOA. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993.

An agreement to lease UK land on South Limestone will enable Shriners Hospitals for Children® to bring their highly regarded services closer to Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The move builds upon a collaboration between UK HealthCare and Shriners that has existed for many years.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Surgical Skills Laboratory uses the most modern and advanced technology for surgical skills, techniques and education. The laboratory is available for specialized training in performing and analyzing an array of medical and surgical procedures both current and experimental. Equipped with six complete arthroscopy stations, the skills lab enables users to perform arthroscopic, as well as open surgical techniques, providing opportunities to perfect and develop procedures and products

The UK Sports Medicine service has one of the nation’s most comprehensive Sports Medicine Centers, with decades of experience in treating sports-specific injuries and disorders. Our specialists have been chosen as official physicians for all UK Athletics as well as other regional collegiate programs and professional athletic organizations. Whether you're an occasional athlete or a professional, our goal is to help you return to, and even surpass, the level of athletic performance at which you performed prior to the injury.

UK HealthCare has announced plans to lease and renovate the former Dillard's location at Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. UK HealthCare will be the anchor tenant for the first floor of the building utilizing approximately 85,000 square feet, officials said. The clinic will consolidate patient services of UK Family & Community Medicine, which currently sees patients at both the Kentucky Clinic on the UK campus, and at Kentucky Clinic South, located on Harrodsburg Road.

With multiple concussions between the two of them, Dan Han and Lisa Koehl's latest research interest isn't surprising. "I played competitive soccer through high school and continue to play recreationally," says Koehl, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychology, "so I have firsthand experience with the dynamics that come into play when a teen suffers a concussion." As a former high school assistant principal in the Chicago public school system, Han was responsible for overseeing student-athletes' return to school after a concussion.
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was named one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the orthopedics industry. The list was compiled from the recommendations of thought leaders in the field of sports medicine.
The University of Kentucky's Dr. James Jagger has been named the 2014 Southeastern Conference Team Physician of the Year. Jagger is an assistant professor in the UK Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and serves as the UK chief of athletic medicine and head team physician for all UK sports. The Team Physician of the Year award is chosen by the athletic training staffs at SEC member institutions and is given annually to recognize a team physician who has contributed greatly to both his or her school's teams and to the SEC sports community.