Welcome to the UK Department of Surgery

William "Barry" Inabnet III, MD, MHA, FACS
The Johnston-Wright Endowed Professor and Chair of Surgery

The ongoing mission of the UK Department of Surgery: To serve Kentucky and the southeast through excellent surgical patient care, training new generations of skilled surgeons, discovering new technology and surgical techniques that move the field of surgery forward, innovate, and reach out globally to populations in need.

Over the last two decades, UK HealthCare has emerged as a national leader and the Department of Surgery played a key role with significant growth in adult and pediatric surgery including transplantation, cardiac and thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and cancer care.

In education, our residents match to some of the most prestigious fellowships in the country or enter the clinical realm with excellent preparation, patient empathy, and operative skill.

What is most gratifying is that the Department of Surgery, along with UK HealthCare as a whole, is not content to stake its reputation simply on its progress to date. There is an absolute determination on the part of our faculty and staff to innovate and build upon its success; exceed national benchmarks; train the next generation of physician leaders; and remain on the cutting edge of health care globally.

 I would like to thank my predecessor, Dr. Jay Zwishenberger, for his 12 years of service as Chair of Surgery, during which the Department experienced unprecedented growth. I humbly embrace the opportunity to serve as Chair because the Department’s faculty, residents, and staff across its six divisions reflect my own values as a surgeon and caregiver. I look forward to the future with unbridled enthusiasm to shepherd the department though new opportunities, changes, and challenges that we will face.


Dr. William B. Inabnet III became chair of the UK Department of Surgery in September 2019.

Prior to accepting his appointment with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Inabnet served as the Eugene W. Friedman, MD, Professor of Surgery with the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and as surgical director of the Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine. He also served as the system chief of endocrine surgery for the eight-hospital Mount Sinai Health System and is the founder and co-director of the Mount Sinai Adrenal Center.

An international authority in the field of minimally invasive endocrine surgery, Dr. Inabnet is a pioneer of new techniques in minimal access endocrine neck surgery as well as adrenal and pancreatic surgery. In 1998, he performed the first endoscopic thyroid resection in the U.S.

Dr. Inabnet is also a leader in the field of minimally invasive metabolic surgery with an interest in obesity, disorders of the endocrine system, and beta cell metabolism. Under his leadership the Mount Sinai Weight Loss Surgery Program has become one of the premier programs in the world.

He completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and a fellowship in Surgical Endocrinology at Cochin Hospital in Paris, France.