Research Highlights

UKNOW Research

The UK Academic Medical Center continues to be a leader today. Our faculty are committed to innovative biomedical and clinical research that will provide new knowledge about the prevention, treatment and eradication of disease.


  • Grants and contracts in the College of Medicine reached $103.8 million in fiscal year 2014, (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) including in excess of $62 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
  • In federal fiscal year 2013, (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013) UK received 59 percent of the NIH research funding granted to Kentucky medical schools. 
  • The College of Medicine accounts for more than 49.79 percent of UK’s grants and contracts.
  • Currently, the college has more than 245,000 net square feet of research space.
  • In 2011 the NIH awarded UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science $20 million to move research discoveries to health care solutions more quickly. Awarded through the NIH’s institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards, this designation makes UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science a part of a select national biomedical research consortium.

Clinical Service and UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare – the clinical enterprise of the University of Kentucky – encompasses UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Kentucky Clinics, and the clinical activities of all six health sciences colleges. For more information about UK HealthCare, visit

UK HealthCare offers:

  • A team of more than 9,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care workers all dedicated to patient health
  • More than 80 plus specialty programs and services
  • More than 143 outreach clinics and programs throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky 
  • Highly acclaimed centers, including the Center for Advanced Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and Transplant Center.

In 2013, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is designated as the 68th National Cancer Institute cancer center in the country.

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to the 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings published July 17, 2012, by U.S. News & World Report.

The orthopaedics program at UK Chandler Hospital was also recognized, ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide for orthopaedic care. UK Chandler Hospital was listed as “high-performing” in 10 specialty areas.

In May 2011, UK opened the new 1.2 million-square-foot Pavilion A at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

In 2010 a new UK Chandler Emergency Department opened. In addition to state-of-the-art pediatric and adult emergent care, it holds the only Level I trauma center serving pediatric and adult patients of Central and Eastern Kentucky.


The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.