Residency Programs

The UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery hosts three surgical residency programs: general surgery, plastic surgery, and a cardiothoracic surgery I-6 program. Each has a distinguished reputation for preparing medical students for a professional surgical practice after five or six years, depending on the program.

At the conclusion of the program, graduates are well-prepared to begin a professional practice. For those who wish to continue their training, our residents regularly match into fellowships at leading national and international surgical training programs, including our own University.

General Surgery

This five-year program is structured to educate qualified and highly motivated individuals into superior clinical and academic surgeons.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

This integrated six-year program is designed to provide aspiring medical school graduates with the education and skills training necessary to become competent professional thoracic surgeons.  

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Plastic Surgery

This six-year integrated program is designed to prepare residents with the education and skills to become competent professional plastic surgeons.

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Cortney Y Lee, MD, FACS

Positions Held:
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Shari L Meyerson, MD, MEd

Positions Held:
  • Professor
  • Section Head of Thoracic Surgery
  • Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery I-6 Residency Program

Lesley Wong, MD

Positions Held:
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Director, Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program
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Center for Advanced Training and Simulation (CATS)

The CATS lab provides surgery residents with a training environment that duplicates laparoscopic set ups they will encounter in the operating rooms. A broad range of laparoscopic skills exercises are offered here. We also provide didactic materials associated with the curriculum to our residents at their initial orientation session.

Additional Surgical Residency Programs

Alongside these programs, UK offers surgical residency training in the following six specialties: neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, and urology. (Most require a preliminary year in general surgery.)

The UK College of Medicine offers residents the opportunity to study alongside a nationally recognized faculty of accomplished surgeons and leading researchers with numerous medical device patents and published articles to their credit. 

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