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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine






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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. Mary Lloyd Ireland, Dr. Christian Lattermann, and Dr. Scott Mair,—along with two Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians, Dr. Robert Hosey and Dr. James Jagger. 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. Our trauma service has four faculty members: Dr. Brandon Bruce, Dr. Eric Moghadamian, Dr. Jeff Selby and Dr. Ray Wright—and Dr. Selby, M.D. is also the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the VA Medical Center. Dr. R. Carter Cassidy, M.D. runs the spine service. Recently, the Orthopaedic Surgery Department has added Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, orthopaedic oncologist and part of the total joint program.

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. I also have an active laboratory in 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 Henry Iwinski, M.D., Drs. Vishwas Talwalkar, Janet Walker and I cover the broad scope of pediatric orthopaedics both at the Shriner’s Hospital and the University of Kentucky. The Pediatric department has recently added a new faculty member, Dr. Ryan Muchow.

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.

The College of Medicine Bulletin. This booklet provides an overview of our teaching philosophy, what it’s like to live in Lexington, highlights our accomplishments in research and clinical care, and explains the new campus and hospital.

College of Medicine Video. Here is a short video that highlights the College of Medicine.

Virtual Tour. Virtual tour of UK's Medical campus.

Todd A Milbrandt, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

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