Nneamaka Agochukwu, MD
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: Louisiana State University
Med. School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Craniofacial, Breast reconstruction. Interests outside of medicine include spending time with family, cooking, basketball, and traveling
Why UK? UK provides broad clinical experiences with graduated responsibility for residents. Residents take care of each other and work very well together. There are opportunities for research and collaboration with the adjoining graduate schools on campus. The program size is perfect to foster mentorship and close relationships with faculty.
Ryan Wermeling, MD
Hometown: Bowling Green
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Med. School: University of Louisville
Areas of Interest/Research: Academic interests include lower extremity reconstruction and applied biomechanics of the hand. Outside medicine, I enjoy mountain biking and vintage cars.
Why UK?: The UK Plastic Surgery residency program is in a unique position to provide a varied assortment of cases from a vast geographic area. Each day, I am presented with patient needs that encourages the development of Plastic Surgery fundamentals which I'll apply throughout the remainder of my career.
Evan Moore, MD
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Undergrad: DePauw University
Med. School: UK College of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Using electronic medical records to evaluate a particular interest in plastic surgery
Interests outside of medicine include grilling out, NFL football (Atlanta Falcons.
Why UK? Primarily what brought me to UK was the residents, the variety of operative cases, and the number of operative cases. All the residents get along well. We have become a close family that takes care of one another. The case load was very important to me because I want to be comfortable with surgery when I graduate and, due to the diversity of plastic surgery, I needed a program with a wide variety of cases, which UK provides.
Duane Wang, MD
Hometown: Hong Kong, China
Undergrad: Duke University
Med. School: The Ohio State University
Areas of Interest/Research: Craniofacial
Why UK? I love the camaraderie. At the end of every day, if cases are going long, the residents who have finished their lines will descend on those rooms, ensure that the orders are in, scrub in to help close, and help move the patient. No one is ever left behind to finish things by themselves and all this help is unsolicited.
Ashley Boustany, MD
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Undergrad: West Virginia University
Med. School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Breast Reconstruction, Hand and Face Reconstruction, Microsurgery, Facial Aesthetic Surgery
Why UK? The program at UK provides residents with the opportunity to perform a high volume and wide variety of cases. There is also a unique comaraderie among the residents which makes for a great experience.
J. Chase Burns, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA and Tampa, FL
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Med. School: University of South Florida
Areas of Interest/Research: Breast Reconstruction, Aesthetic Surgery, Head and Neck Reconstruction
Why UK? UK gave me the opportunity to take care of a unique patient population and perform a wide variety of cases. The competence and confidence of the chief residents is clearly evident, which is a testament to the wonderful faculty and their dedication to providing graduated autonomy. I believe that the program is made special by the camaraderie among the residents and faculty. UK is a great place to learn how to become a plastic surgeon
Wes Edmunds, MD
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Undergrad: University of South Alabama
Med. School:University of South Alabama
Areas of Interest/Research: Hand Reconstruction/Miscrosurgery, Head and Neck Reconstruction
Why UK? When I rotated at UK, I was most impressed by the volume and variety of complex cases combined with a focus on patient-centered care. The chief residents had a great deal of autonomy, but also demonstrated great competence and confidence in their abilities to handle all of these cases. From our general surgery training to the Chief Cosmetic Clinic, I was excited about the breadth of opportunity within the department. I wanted to be part of a program that would provide me with the skills to manage any patient while having an enjoyable time doing so. I found it at UK.
Chelsea Wallace, MD
Hometown: Florence, AL
Undergrad: The University of Alabama
Med. School: UAB
Areas of Interest/Research: Complex Wound Healing problems, Breast Reconstruction, Body Contouring after major weight loss.
Interests outside of medicine include Alabama Football, Traveling with my husband and live music.
Why UK? In addition to the variety of cases and strength of the faculty, I chose UK because I was extraordinarily impressed with the program's residents. During my rotation at UK, I found that each resident displayed a passion for pursuing excellence, whether it be in the OR, clinic, or teaching didactics. UK residents take care of one another and are constantly having fun inside and outside of the hospital. I knew I wanted to spend the next 6 years with this unmatched group of residents.
Alisha Bonaroti, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad: George Washington University
Med School: University of South Florida
Areas of Interest/Research: Breast and Facial Reconstruction, Tissue Engineering, and Wound Healing
Why UK?: UK offers the best of both academia and operative experience. Plastic Surgery has fantastic faculty, research opportunities, and a broad case load with high acuity patients. Residents at every level impressed me with their technical skill and clinical acumen. The camaraderie among residents is truly like family. I am confident that my training and personal growth will help me develop into a confident, competent plastic surgeon with solid peer relationships.
Bud Sauer, MD
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Med School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Hand surgery, Microsurgery, Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
Why UK?: When I rotated as a medical student at UK, I was impressed by the experience that residents gain through operative volume. This training program provides us with exposure to all fields of plastic surgery. Additionally, and equally importantly, the residents all get along very well and support each other. I knew this was the place where I wanted to pursue my training.
Chris Howell, MD
Undergrad: Wake Forest University
Med. School: University of Kentucky
Areas of Interest/Research: Fat grafting, Hand/Extremity reconstruction.
Interests outside of medicine: Skiing, running, soccer, basketball
Why UK?: I was attracted to UK due to the strong sense of camaraderie among the residents and the wide variety of cases and clinical issues that commonly present at UK Hospital.
Chris Kubajak, MD
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Undergrad: University of Kentucky
Med. School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Microsurgery and Hand with research alternatives to Acellular Dermal matrices for immediate tissue expander breast reconstruction.
Outside of UK: Spending time with my wife, Jen. Recreational sports leagues
Why UK?: I really had no idea that I was interested in Plastic Surgery prior to my roation at UK. The residents and attendings created a fantastic atmosphere in which to learn. Coupled with the high volume of diverse cases, the division provides a strong, well-rounded surgical residency experience.