Doctor and patient

The relentless pursuit of excellence has been the hallmark of the Department of Surgery since its inception in 1837 when the University of Louisville served as the premier medical training ground for the western frontier of the United States. For well over a century, the Department of Surgery has been at the forefront of surgical education, patient care and research across the broad range of specialties. These include: General Surgery, Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Vascular & Endovascular Therapeutics, and Hand Surgery.

We provide complex and innovative surgical care using the most advanced techniques and surgical procedures. We take great pride in our commitment to keeping referring physicians informed, involved and up to date on their patients’ treatment. Almost every faculty member in the Department of Surgery maintains a busy clinical practice. While most of our surgeons are part of University Surgical Associates, our pediatric and hand surgeons have their own private practices.

See below for general information about each group plus a link to the practice website.

University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates (USA) has more than 40 multi-specialty surgeons and offers a broad range of services from simple procedures, such as gallbladder surgery and hernia repair, to cosmetic surgery and treatment of adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders, to the most complex, including cancer treatment, vascular surgery and much more. These internationally renowned surgeons have trained at the top institutions in the world and have made significant contributions to surgical care on a regional, national and international level. They bring what they have learned back home to their patients and provide leading-edge surgical treatment.

University Surgical Associates has a long-standing commitment to excellence in patient care, education and research. Its high standards of surgical excellence and compassionate care result in a unique level of comfort and confidence between the surgeons and their patients. In addition, a highly skilled support staff works closely with USA physicians.

To learn more or to refer a patient, please call 502.583.8303 or visit University Surgical Associates’ Web site:

University Pediatric Surgery Associates

The Department’s Pediatric Surgery faculty members make up University Pediatric Surgery Associates, which specializes in the surgical care of children from newborn to age 18. The surgeons take care of children with traumatic injuries and burns, as well as those who need elective surgery for problems involving the neck, lungs, abdomen and groin, gastrointestinal tract, and minor surgical problems involving the face. The surgeons also take care of lumps and bumps or moles, as well as larger soft tissue masses or tumors anywhere on the body.

To learn more or to refer a patient, please call 502.583.7337or visit University Pediatric Surgery Associates’ Web site:

Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center

More than fourteen physicians of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, international authorities in their fields, are teaching the next generation of hand surgeons. A number of the world's firsts, such as the first reported repair of digital arteries and first bilateral arm and forearm replantations, have been performed at this center. Hand surgeons from the Hand Care Center also performed the United States' first hand transplant.

To learn more or to refer a patient, please call 502.561.4263 or visit Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center’ Web site: