The University of Kentucky Division of Plastic Surgery research laboratory interests are currently in the areas of wound healing including burns, breast cancer etiology, implant biofilms, tendon repair, and microvascular surgery. The division operates a basic research laboratory which also houses our Microsurgery Teaching Laboratory. Our research associates assist all investigators (faculty and residents) with grant, IRB, and IACUC submissions, in addition to overseeing ongoing clinical and animal projects. Associates will also assist with the administration of research accounts. We utilize the University of Kentucky’s Clinic Research-DOC for research nurses and coordination of our sponsored clinical trials.

Basic Microsurgery Course

The technology of microscope-directed surgery has presented a seemingly limitless new frontier in medicine, bounded only by one's imagination. The transfer or repair of nerves, vessels, composite tissue parts; the study of growth, healing, transplantation, fertility, physiology; the response of microsutures to trauma or pharmacologic agents; the innovative use of prosthetic material; and laser instrumentation represent a portion of the spectrum encompassed by microsurgery.

Core Framework for Learning Microsurgical Technique

A prerequisite to investigative or clinical microsurgery is experience with the use of the microscope and microsurgical instrumentation. The purpose of this course is to provide a core framework for learning microsurgical technique, and serves as the open door for one's microsurgical explorations.

The basic microsurgery training course is offered throughout the year, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to noon, and is open to any resident, surgeon, nurse, medical student, or technician. Schedules can be arranged according to need. Individuals who successfully complete the microsurgical course will receive a certificate of training.

Each stage of the course is mastered through a multifaceted approach: a reading assignment, an audiovisual taped lecture, and a rodent practicum, directed by the instructor. Each three-hour session consists of the following topics:

  • Day 1: Basic Microsurgical Techniques
  • Day 2: Femoral Artery End-to End Anastomoses
  • Day 3: Femoral Vein End-to-End Anastomoses
  • Day 4: End-to-Side Anastomoses
  • Day 5: Advanced Microsurgical Methods
  • Practical Exam-Artery and Vein End-to-End Anastomoses in less than 2 hours

The course fee of $2,000 is required at the time of scheduling. The registration fee is refundable, less a $200 service charge, if a written request is received two weeks before beginning the course. For more information contact Betsy Fink.

Lab Location

Multidisciplinary Research Building #3, Room 219
Lexington, KY 40536-0216
(859) 323-6328
Research AssociateBetsy F. Fink, BS, RLATG


K-454, Department of Surgery
Kentucky Clinic
800 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0284
(859) 257-715