General Surgery

Division Chief
Patrick C. McGrath, MD, FACS
Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery
Ward O. Griffin Endowed Chair in Surgery
Section Head, Surgical Oncology
Medical Director, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Markey Cancer Center

The Division of General Surgery serves the needs of patients from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its surrounding area. Providers specialize in the following fields:

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery,
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery,
  • Colorectal Surgery,
  • Endocrine Surgery,
  • Surgical Oncology, and
  • Trauma and Critical Care Surgery.

Through collaboration with other specialty divisions and departments within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and UK HealthCare, the General Surgery Division can provide a wide variety of surgical needs.

Patients may choose from several clinics. Locations, directions, contact numbers, and hours of operation can be found on the General Surgery Clinics page.

The Residency Program, under the leadership of Sandra Beck, MD, recruits and educates medical residents and fellows. The General Surgery Residency Program typically receives over 700 applications to fill six categorical and five non-designated preliminary positions. The program is certified by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Division is engaged in both clinical and basic science research. The General Surgery Clinical Research Program is a comprehensive program supporting all aspects of clinical research. The Basic Science Research Program has a well-equipped and staffed cellular and molecular laboratory with powerful collaborations and related core facilities.

The Division oversees the Center for Advanced Training and Simulation (CATS) laboratory, a state of the art facility that provides training in minimally invasive surgery to residents and students throughout the College of Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program and the College of Nursing.