Welcome from Chairman Joseph B. Zwischenberger, MD
Welcome to the Surgery Department at the University of Kentucky. We are on a state supported mission to become a top 20 surgery department in the United States. As Chairman, my job is to ensure outstanding performance in every facet of the departmental mission as an academic surgical department and to lead through demonstration of excellence, innovation, compassion, and dedicated citizenry.
We are making certain that the citizens of Kentucky can stay in Kentucky for all their health care needs. Our faculty is exceptional and continues to grow as we fill areas of strategic need for services identified by the UK Medical Center as necessary for providing the best care possible to our patients. New additions to our department in 2010 included clinical specialists in the areas of trauma, pediatric urology, colorectal surgery, craniofacial plastic surgery, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, general surgery and dermatology.
Our Clinical Operations
Our surgeons practice in a variety of operating room settings revolving around central facilities at the UK Medical Center. These include Kentucky Children's Hospital, the Center for Advanced Surgery, Gill Heart Institute, Markey Cancer Center, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, the Transplant Center, and a number of regional clinics. Despite the economic turn-down, the operating rooms at UK are operating at or above capacity almost daily and the number of surgeries each month has surpassed 2000 for 10 consecutive months, an indication of our clinical success. In addition, our relationship with the Lexington VA Hospital is strong with Erik Q. Ballert, M.D. (Gastrointestinal Surgery) serving as Chief of Surgery.
The Surgery Department website features a wealth of information on our program, its educational initiatives and our faculty practice. If you are a potential medical student or resident, I encourage you to explore it in more detail and to contact us.
Finally, Lexington, KY is a wonderful community that offers something for everyone. It is one of the safest and most livable cities in the country and many residents own homes which are close to campus. Child care is readily available and the public schools are excellent. UK itself has over 30,000 students with a vibrant campus and superb team sports!