About UK

UK Healthcare is a thriving academic medical center. 

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education judged UK as a "Great College to Work for". 
  •  # 1 Hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospital Ranking
  • Home to Kentucky's ONLY NCI designated Cancer Center since 2013. 
  • In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity.
  • INSIGHT into Diversity recognized UK as a Diversity Champion, two years running. 
  • Ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ+ inclusion.
  • Named among the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review
  • UK HealthCare has 155 physicians practicing medicine with the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital who appear on the Best Doctors in America List for 2019-20 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

Accolades and honors are great, but they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not just the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky. 

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 UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Patients from the immediate metropolitan area, from surrounding communities present with a variety of both common and rare medical conditions requiring the latest in medical care. The medical center serves not only Lexington but the area extending from central Kentucky in the west to West Virginia in the east, from the Ohio River in the north to northeastern Tennessee in the South. For many of these patients, our internal medicine residents provide both primary as well as tertiary care. The clinical facilities at the University of Kentucky represent, modern, attractive, state-of-the-art units all contiguously located on the University campus. Those components include:

An NIH-funded Clinical Research Center facilitates the inpatient clinical research programs of College faculty. Kidney, lung, heart, and liver transplant procedures are performed in the University Hospital.


UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital

UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) located less than a mile from UK Chandler Hospital, is a 302-bed acute care facility. Rotations at Good Samaritan hospital have allowed our residents a broader experience in inpatient medicine. By providing an opportunity to work in a hospitalist model in a medium-sized community hospital, residents can see what medicine is like outside of the academic medical center.

UK GSH is home to the second-largest orthopedic and joint replacement program in Kentucky, a state-of-the-art diagnostic center for CT, MRI, and X-ray, and specialty services including orthopedics, urology, vascular surgery, plastics surgery, general surgery, ENT, podiatry, gynecology, thoracic surgery, and neurosurgery. In addition, UK GSH has a large internal medicine service, both teaching, and non-teaching, which provides general inpatient medical care and consultative services to these specialties. The Center for Behavioral Health provided inpatient psychiatric care for children, adolescents, and adults, offering admissions and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The Gill Heart Institute

The Gill Heart Institute is made up of a state-of-the-art cardiac care facility as well as world-renowned clinicians and researchers. The Gill building houses outpatient cardiac, clinics, non-invasive echocardiography suites, a heart station, cardiac catheterization suites for inpatient and outpatient treatment, electrophysiology laboratories, a procedural recovery area as well as an advanced cardiovascular imaging center.

The Markey Cancer Center Complex

The Center is integrated within the UK Hospital for patient care services and within the UK College of Medicine for academic/education, research, and service programs. The Center encompasses four individual facilities containing a total of approximately 200,000 square feet of space, although its programs reach well beyond the University of Kentucky campus, extending through the Commonwealth of Kentucky and across twelve states of Appalachia and the Mid-South. Markey Cancer Center has developed a variety of specialized multidisciplinary teams to evaluate and treat the disease, which means that physicians and nurses from multiple specialties work together with each patient to develop the best treatment plan for their particular circumstances.

The Kentucky Clinic

Also connected to the University Hospital, the Kentucky Clinic is the primary outpatient facility for both primary care as well as subspecialty consultative services. Annually, over 20,000 visits occur in General Internal Medicine or subspecialty clinics at the Kentucky Clinic. In this setting, residents see patients in their continuity clinics as well as in subspecialties during their elective rotations.

Turfland Clinic

Opened in 2015, this state-of-the-art facility is home to several of UK Healthcare's primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. It is conveniently located and easy to access from many parts of Lexington, and is a short drive from the University hospital. Residents in Internal Medicine see patients in several subspecialties here including dermatology, endocrinology, and sports medicine. 

The Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center

The VA Medical Center and the UK Medical Center are connected and function effectively as a single hospital from the perspective of both faculty and residents. The VAMC is a 199-bed facility in which includes a modern Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit and a 14-bed Telemetry Care Unit on the general Internal Medicine service. Besides full clinical laboratory and radiology services, the VAMC has its own nuclear medicine, computerized tomography (CT), and MRI services. The two hospitals, UKMC and VAMC, are connected which permits VAMC inpatients easy access to a variety of services at UK. Residents in Internal Medicine see patients in subspecialty clinics at the VAMC.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Morehead, a town of 8,300, is located 65 miles east of Lexington and serves the medical needs of a large area of eastern Kentucky. The St. Claire Medical Center is a modern, attractive 159-bed acute care hospital, adjacent to which is the Morehead Clinic, a group practice of 8 internists. In their first year, residents spend a month working with the Internists at the Morehead Clinic caring for hospitalized patients. During the Morehead rotation residents have the opportunity to experience primary care Internal Medicine as it is practiced in a rural community. While rotating at Morehead, residents and their families may live in Morehead in housing provided by St. Claire or commute from Lexington if they wish.

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  • INSIGHT into Diversity recognized UK as a Diversity Champion, two years running.