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


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


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


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland


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

Research Interest:

Pursuing research aimed at finding new solutions to difficult clinical situations with a specific focus on necrotizing enterocolitis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Dr. Downard joined the University of Louisville in 2007 and is an Assistant Professor. She is the Director of Surgical Critical Care at Norton Children's Hospital starting in 2009. 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.

Selected Administrative/Leadership Roles: