Our Mission

The mission of the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery is built upon seven foundational pillars:  

  1. Optimal patient care: excellence in clinical patient care
  2. Education: preparing the next generation of surgeons
  3. Research: contribute to scientific advancement in surgery
  4. Innovation: Pursue collaborative partnerships to create new techniques, devices and processes to advance knowledge
  5. Leadership and Professional Development: fostering integrity, respect, networking, federal and state legislation, healthcare administration, and relationship building
  6. Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of healthcare
  7. Global Surgery: Develop a global perspective on the surgical needs of patients and a respect for their culture and values

Residency Programs

The College of Medicine offers three surgical residency programs: general surgery, plastic surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. Each has a distinguished reputation for preparing learners for a professional surgical practice.

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Fellowship Programs

Fellowships offered through the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery include cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, hand surgery, surgical critical care, and vascular surgery.

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Medical Student Education

Through a clerkship and internship program, third- and fourth-year medical students gain early exposure to surgical procedures and learn medical and surgical approaches to adult and pediatric diseases.

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Chair of Surgery

William B. Inabnet III, MD, MHA, FACS, became chair of the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery in September 2019.

Prior to accepting his appointment with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Inabnet served as the Eugene W. Friedman, MD, Professor of Surgery with the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and as surgical director of the Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine. He also served as the system chief of endocrine surgery for the eight-hospital Mount Sinai Health System and is the founder and co-director of the Mount Sinai Adrenal Center.

An international authority in the field of minimally invasive endocrine surgery, Dr. Inabnet is a pioneer of new techniques in minimal access endocrine neck surgery as well as adrenal and pancreatic surgery. In 1998, he performed the first endoscopic thyroid resection in the U.S.

Dr. Inabnet is also a leader in the field of minimally invasive metabolic surgery with an interest in obesity, disorders of the endocrine system, and beta cell metabolism. Under his leadership, the Mount Sinai Weight Loss Surgery Program has become one of the premier programs in the world.

He completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and a fellowship in Surgical Endocrinology at Cochin Hospital in Paris, France.

William "Barry" Inabnet III, MD, MHA, FACS
William "Barry" Inabnet III, MD, MHA, FACS
The Johnston-Wright Endowed Professor and Chair of Surgery

11 Divisions
Providing Well-Rounded Care and Education
Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care; Cardiothoracic Surgery; Colon and Rectal Surgery; General, Endocrine, and Metabolic Surgery (GEMS); Health Outcomes and Optimal Patient Services (HOOPS); Pediatric Surgery; Plastic Surgery; Research; Surgical Oncology; Transplantation; and Vascular and Endovascular
Skilled Faculty
Working at Multidisciplinary Centers
These include the UK Transplant Center, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Markey Cancer Center, and Gill Heart Institute.

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Zwisch Scale

The department of surgery applies the pioneering surgical education assessment, The Zwisch Scale, developed by former department chair and alum, Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger, in the education and training of new surgeons in our residency and fellowship programs.

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The Center for Advanced Training and Simulation (CATS) Laboratory provides learners with an environment that duplicates laparoscopic set-ups they will encounter in operating rooms. Residents have access to a broad range of open and endoscopic surgical exercises. The laboratory is also equipped with audio and video production facilities to demonstrate and narrate advanced surgical procedures for training purposes.