The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has enjoyed a reputation of progressive innovation since its creation in 1960. It was the site of:
- The development of the first vena caval filter
- The first triple cardiac valve placement in the U.S.
- The discovery of the first family in the U.S. with antithrombin III deficiency
- The first identification in the U.S. of carcinoembryonic antigen in ovarian cancer
- The first use in the U.S. of imaging cancers using radiolabelled CEA antibodies
- The first Department of Behavioral Science in a medical school in the U.S.
Always a center of excellence in tertiary care and research, the University is also recognized as a site of superior training in primary care. In a recent national poll, the UK Chandler Medical Center was ranked among the top 20 centers in the country for training in primary care medicine.