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Surgery Ranks Among Nation’s Best

Contact: Jennifer Bonck

 

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“This is a most deserving honor for the department, the College of Medicine, and the university. The college continues to grow as a center of academic excellence even as the Medical Center’s physical environment grows and changes."

-- Emery Wilson, M.D.,
dean, UK College of Medicine

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May 29, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, is among the nation’s best according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In the recently released FY 2002 NIH rankings of the country’s 125 medical schools, including 74 public medical schools, the UK Department of Surgery ranks 16th among NIH-funded public medical schools. The department ranks 25th among all medical schools, public and private.

“I am delighted with this honor,” said Robert Mentzer, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Surgery, UK College of Medicine. “This is a tribute to our department's scientists, clinician-scientists, and our surgeons, as well as the support we have received from the UK Chandler Medical Center.”

More than 80 faculty and 200 staff members in the UK Department of Surgery are committed to caring for patients, training the next generation of doctors and researchers, and seeking a better understanding of disease and injury. The department has now achieved its goal of reaching top-20 status among public medical schools for NIH funding.

“This is a most deserving honor for the department, the College of Medicine, and the university,” said Emery Wilson, M.D., dean, UK College of Medicine. “The college continues to grow as a center of academic excellence even as the Medical Center’s physical environment grows and changes. Each year at UK, a new class of medical students completes their studies, residents pursue training, and faculty teach students, treat patients and conduct research. The NIH ranking recognizes our efforts, and helps to attract and retain top students and faculty in keeping with the university’s goal of achieving top-20 status.”


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