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

 Dr. Alejandro Cracco completed a fellowship in abdominal transplant and hepatobiliary surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine earlier in 2023. The University of Kentucky is his first faculty appointment.

He earned his medical degree at Jose Maria Vargas School of Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela in 2011. Following his degree, he served two years as a clinical research fellow in colorectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, then matched into that teaching hospital’s general surgery residency program.


Danielle Detelich, MD – Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Critical Care Surgery

Dr. Danielle Detelich recently completed fellowships in surgical critical care and acute care surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A Baltimore, Md., native, she earned her medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago Medical School and subsequently matched into the general surgery residency program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

During her time at at both Tufts and Wake Forest, Dr. Detelich earned several recognitions for her research and participated in  several quality and process improvement initiatives.


Veronica Morgan Jones, MD – Division of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Veronica Jones comes to the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery and the Markey Cancer Center fresh from a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A 2016 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Jones matched into the general surgery residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. While there, she also served a year as a Bradley Research Fellow.

She was also recipient of the program’s Resident Teaching Award and the Golden Scalpel Award.


Alisha Bonaroti Paranzino, MD MS – Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Alisha Paranzino, a 2022 graduate of the integrated plastic surgery residency program in the division of plastic surgery, returns to UK HealthCare to become a member of the faculty.

Following her residency, Dr. Paranzino spent a year as a microsurgery fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

In addition to her medical degree from the University of South Florida, Dr. Paranzino also earned an MS degree in Biomedical Science from the College of Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia.