Cynthia Downard, MD, MMSc, FACS
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc, FACS

Surgeon-in-Chief, Norton Children’s Hospital
Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
Hirikati S. Nagaraj, MD Chair for Pediatric Surgery
Professor, Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D. Department of Surgery University of Louisville

Expertise

Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy, Neonates with congenital anomalies

Contact Information

University of Louisville School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Office: (502) 588-0390; FAX (502) 588-0395
E-mail: c0down01@louisville.edu

Medical School

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Referral

NCMG - Pediatric Surgery
411 E Chestnut St. Level 5
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 588-0390
Fax: (502) 588-0396

Residency

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Fellowships

Emory University, Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital Boston, Surgical Critical Care

Research Interests

Pursuing research aimed at finding new solutions to difficult clinical problems in Pediatric Surgery. The Division of Pediatric Surgery participates in the MidWest Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium.

Dr. Downard joined the University of Louisville in 2007 and is a Professor of Surgery with tenure. She has been the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery since 2020. In her free time, Dr. Downard enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also likes to play tennis, travel, and is an amateur food critic.

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Selected Administrative/Leadership Roles
  • Program Director, UofL Pediatric Surgery Training Program
  • Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons