Dr. Dongfang Wang, Surgery Research and head of the Wang Lab

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a new R01 research grant of $2.6 million over five years. The grant was awarded to Dr. Dongfang Wang and the Wang Lab at the University of Kentucky Department of Surgery. 

Dr. David Drake, The William S. Farish Endowed Chair of Plastic Surgery at UK HealthCare

David Drake, MD, the William S. Farish Endowed Chair of plastic surgery at UK HealthCare, has been named as one of the official visiting professors for the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS) for 2024. 

Dr. Tessa London-Bounds, principal investigator in a study on breastfeeding access, equity
Payton Ebertshauer

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William B. Inabnet III, MD

William B. Inabnet III, MD, Johnston-Wright Endowed Professor and Chair of Surgery at UK HealthCare, was interviewed on WTVQ Channel 36's Good Day Kentucky news show for Thyroid Awareness Month in early January. He has agreed to serve on a panel for a new feature segment of the midday show called Prescription Health.

Cortney Lee, MD named the new program director of general surgery residency at UK

Cortney Lee, MD is the new program director of general surgery residency at the University of Kentucky Department of Surgery. Dr. Lee accepted the role after serving for over 5 years as director of the surgery medical education program in the College of Medicine.

Dr. Mautin Barry-Hundeyin

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation awarded research funding of over $150,000 to Mautin Barry-Hundeyin, MD, in early December to support her research into a potential immunological treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer.

Alejandro Cracco, MD, Transplant Surgeon

In early November, a University of Kentucky transplant surgeon performed the state’s first ever robot-assisted nephrectomy.

Alejandro Cracco, MD, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Surgery’s Division of Transplantation, performed the donor kidney extraction utilizing the da Vinci Xi surgical robot. 

Rep. Andy Barr, Dr. Tessa London-Bounds, and Amanda Crabtree, RN

CT Surgery faculty and nursing staff members joined with colleagues from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in Washington DC during October to meet with congressional leaders and advocate for the interests of patients and providers on matters of health policy specifically affecting the Commonwealth.

Dr. Manda Maley and Dr. Irada Ibrahim-Zada

With the addition of two new faculty members in early November, the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery has welcomed 12 new surgeons since the beginning of the new academic year. We are proud to welcome the following new faculty to the divisions of vascular surgery and surgery oncology:

Manda Maley, MD, RPVI - Division of Vascular Surgery

Rashmi Bharadwaj at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

Rashmi Bharadwaj, a third-year medical student in the UK College of Medicine, took a first place award for a research e-poster presentation at the American College of Surgeons 2023 Annual Clinical Congress in Boston.

Sam Karem at ICA

A third year University of Kentucky medical student was invited to present his research work at the 64th annual world congress of the International College of Angiology (ICA).

Dr. Beck and Dr. Neltner

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that Sandra Beck, MD, and Janna Neltner, MD, will join the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) leadership team.

Dr. Beck will serve as assistant dean for program development. Dr. Neltner will serve as assistant dean for accreditation.

GME winners

The following individuals were honored at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Awards Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. Winners included those in Bowling Green, Lexington, Morehead, and Northern Kentucky.

Biomedical Education

Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
Jamila Tucker, MS

New October Surgery faculty: Andrea Waldman, MD, Lindel Dewberry, MD, Raphael Parrado, MD, Christine Schaeffer, MD

Four new providers began practice as UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty this October. These additions add up to 10 new surgeons so far starting at UK HealthCare since the 2023-24 academic year began. The department anticipates welcoming several more new surgeons in the coming months.

In the meantime, we are proud to welcome the following new faculty:

From left to right: Dr. Rachel Wilson, Lisa Williams, Renee Gallagher, and LeAnn Barber

Burnout is a problem in any profession, but it is rampant in health care. This national problem has been evident recently as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many learners, practitioners, faculty, and staff to the limit.

2023 September Faculty

This September, the department of surgery is excited to welcome four new members to its faculty. In addition to new faculty that started in August, we anticipate adding about 11 total new surgery faculty to its ranks before the end of 2023.


Alejandro J. Cracco, MD – Division of Transplantation

Eric Rellinger, MD

The V Foundation for Cancer Research recently approved funding of a proposed study from a UK pediatric surgeon and researcher.

Dr. Morgan Jones named a DREAM Scholar

Morgan Jones, MD, assistant professor and the newest faculty member with the division of surgical oncology, was recently named a DREAM Scholar at the University of Kentucky (UK). As such, she will receive support for her long range plans to conduct an in-depth study of racial disparities in breast cancer treatment outcomes.

New funding for PIs Dr. Brittany Levy, Dr. Eric Rellinger, and Dr. Marlene Starr have kicked off FY 24 research

In a year of record-setting research funding at the University of Kentucky, the department of surgery contributed over $1.6 million in federal grants and industry awards, a 47 percent increase from fiscal year 2022.