UK Surgery welcomes a new surgical oncologist and celebrates the return of a respected cardiac surgeon in October

The cascade of new faculty members joining the UK Department of Surgery continues in October with the addition of two surgeons. One is taking on her first professional faculty appointment. The other is returning to the University of Kentucky to continue his surgical practice.

Erin Burke, MD, surgical oncologist, completed a two-year Complex General Surgery Oncology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida this year. Like the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky in which she will practice, Moffitt is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to the research and treatment of all forms of the disease. 

After earning a medical degree from Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in 2010, Dr. Burke attended the surgical residency program at the University of Minnesota. During that period, she also completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Outcomes Research. 

During her years in training, Dr. Burke also volunteered her surgical services on humanitarian mission trips to Honduras.

The University of Kentucky is Dr. Burke’s first faculty appointment.

In addition to Dr. Burke, the division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Hassan Reda to its faculty as a full professor.

Dr. Reda, a nationally known and respected cardiac surgeon, was a member of the Department of Surgery faculty from 2007 until 2017. Among his many accomplishments during that decade, Dr. Reda served as Surgical Director of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Program at UK HealthCare. He has mentored dozens of cardiothoracic surgery residents during his tenure at the University. 

He spent the last two years in private practice as a cardiovascular surgeon with the MidMichigan Physicians Group in Midland, Michigan. He subsequently before making the decision to return to academic medicine back in the familiar surroundings of Lexington and the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. 

Welcome to both surgeons as they add their clinical and teaching skills to the UK HealthCare faculty.