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

The division of vascular surgery is Dr. Manda Maley’s first appointment as an assistant professor of surgery. Prior to coming to UK HealthCare, she was chief resident of the integrated vascular surgery residency program at the Einstein Healthcare Network – Jefferson in Philadelphia through September 2023.

Dr. Maley earned her medical degree at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She also completed a surgery intern year at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore before embarking on the integrated vascular surgery track.

Irada Ibrahim-Zada, MD, PhD – Division of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Irada Ibrahim-Zada was previously serving as a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at St. Elizabeth Cancer Center in Edgewood, Kentucky. At the same time, she was a voluntary assistant professor for the UK College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky campus.

She has since become a full-time faculty member with the division of surgical oncology at UK HealthCare in Lexington. Her new UK HealthCare practice began in November.

In the early 2000s, Dr. Ibrahim-Zada completed a surgery and surgical oncology residency in her home country of Azerbaijan. During this period of her medical education, she developed a keen interest in cancer research, particularly in the field of cancer genomics. This interest led her to the University of Toronto where she earned her doctorate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and an opportunity to further her study as a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 2015, she matched into the general surgery residency program at the University of Colorado and, following its completion, entered a surgical oncology fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York. In the brief time between her residency and fellowship, Dr. Ibrahim-Zada was an assistant professor in trauma and critical care surgery at the University of Arizona.

After two decades largely devoted to research and training, she is able to commit herself full-time to the treatment of cancer patients at the UK Markey Cancer Center, an NCI comprehensive cancer center, as well as to research and teaching in the field.