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Crystal Totten, MD


800 Rose St


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Co-Vice Chair of Professionalism, Integrity, and Equity

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Other Affiliation(s)
  • Surgery/GEMS

Biography and Education


Crystal Totten, MD, is a general surgeon in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at UK HealthCare and holds an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery in the UK College of Medicine. She is actively involved in performing both laparoscopic and robotic procedures and has special interests in swallowing disorders, surgical endoscopy, hiatal hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction. Totten works to customize each patient’s procedure based on their needs and can manage abdominal wall hernias using open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches. After receiving her medical degree and completing training in general surgery at the University of South Florida, Totten went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction at UK in 2016. She returned to UK as a faculty member in the fall of 2018. Totten is well published in the areas of cost and outcomes for hernia repair as well as the effects of medication alterations to collagen deposition following hernia repair. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the American Hernia Society and the Association for Academic Surgery. Degree University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa Residency General Surgery, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa Fellowship Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Kentucky Certifications and Special Training American Board of Surgery