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Terrence A. Barrett, MD


Clinic: 859-323-0079 Academic Office: 859-323-4887
Office: MN 649 Medical Science Bldg.


  • Professor
  • Marcos Lin Andrade Endowed Chair

College Unit(s)

Other Affiliation(s)
  • Internal Medicine - Digestive Health
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics - Adjunct Faculty

Biography and Education


I am a board-certified gastroenterologist who specializes in General GI & inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I am a tenured professor. I trained at University of Chicago (GI with a post-doc in Immunology) and moved to Northwestern University Hospital (NMH) where I was director of IBD and later division chief of GI. In 2013, I moved to the University of Kentucky where I am now professor in digestive diseases and nutrition with a co-appointment in Microbiology / Immunology. My clinical interest is caring for severe refractory IBD. I have been funded through NIH and VA mechanisms x 30yr & currently study epithelial responses in colitis. The primary interest of our laboratory is the impact of mitochondrial respiration in regulating epithelial cell responses in colitis (RO1-funded). This project led to the development of a novel drug (PCT patent pending), AuPhos, that increases mitochondrial function in the intestine and treats colitis in mice (VA merit-funded).


Medical Degree: MD - University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Internal Medicine Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Immunology Fellowship:  University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Publications

Pubmed Publications