I welcome your interest in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In November 2004, the Orthopaedic Division of the Surgery Department became the independent Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In becoming a department we have seen the expansion of the department as well as its services. Sports Medicine, under the leadership of our Chairman Dr. Darren Johnson, was established in 1987 and has continued to sustain its excellence in the field. The Sports Medicine service includes four orthopaedic faculty members—Dr. Darren Johnson, Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland, Dr. Christian Lattermann, and Dr. Scott Mair,—along with three Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians, Dr. Robert Hosey, Dr. Kim Kaiser and Dr. Kyle Smoot. Our hand and upper extremity service has two faculty members—Dr. Vikas Dhawan and Dr. Srinath Kamineni. Our foot and ankle service is managed by Dr. Steven Lawrence. The program has a comprehensive total joint program and Arthritis Center with Dr. Stephen Duncan, Dr. Jeff Selby and Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, who also is an orthopaedic oncologist. Our trauma service has five faculty members: Dr. Arun Aneja, Dr. Paul Matuszewski, Dr. Eric Moghadamian, Dr. Dan Primm and Dr. Ray Wright. The VA Medical Center Orthopaedic service is helmed by Dr. Scott Mair. Adult spine care is my specialty, and pediatric spine care by the Shriner’s Hospital team. The entire spectrum of Orthopaedic surgery, including pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, trauma, Ilizarov techniques, total joint replacement, spine surgery, shoulder-elbow surgery, microvascular surgery, hand surgery, foot-ankle surgery and orthopaedic oncology, is actively practiced by the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics. Priorities in the department are to maintain high-quality education for students and residents, encourage research, and provide exemplary patient care.
Research activities are a focus of our program. Including high level clinical research, our department has been involved in a large range of basic science projects. Residents are required to spend one rotation performing research supported by grants from the faculty. Research activities currently include studies of fixation of tibial and pelvic fractures, evaluation of drug therapy for osteomyelitis, polymer substitution for growth plate injuries, and cartilage regeneration. Our research efforts are led by Dr. Christian Lattermann who has established a basic science cartilage center in collaboration with the internationally known Gluck Equine Center. There has been collaboration with the biomedical engineering group on campus exploring regeneration of a growth plate.
Our Pediatric Orthopaedic Division, housed at the internationally known Shriner’s Hospital for Children, is one of the unique features of our department. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Hubbard, Dr. Henry Iwinski, Dr. Ryan Muchow, Dr. Scott Riley, Dr. Vishwas Talwalkar, and Dr. Janet Walker cover the broad scope of pediatric orthopaedics both at the Shriner’s Hospital and the University of Kentucky.
Resident rotations are all within the city of Lexington, KY, and include rotations at Good Samaritan Hospital for spine, oncology and total joints, the Veterans Hospital for general orthopaedics, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, and Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
The university hospital is undergoing its own transition with a new building opened in May, 2011 with new operating rooms and orthopaedic patient floor and ER. The hospital plans on spending over a $1 billion on completing the new hospital and renovating the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
The community of Lexington, Kentucky is a medium sized city which enjoys an affordable cost of living without losing the amenities of a bigger town. It is set in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass Region, close to many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. UK athletics provides any die-hard sports fan with a plethora of high level nationally recognized programs.
In short, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky provides a well-rounded education with a patient focus. Opportunities for success abound within our residency. I hope you explore our department further and if you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us. For more information follow the links below:
University of Kentucky College of Medicine 50-Year History. In lieu of an annual report for FY 2009 and FY 2010, the College of Medicine developed this history website.
Virtual Tour. Virtual tour of UK's Medical campus.
Carter Cassidy, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine