J. Scott Roth, MD, FACS

Section Head, Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Center for Advanced Training and Simulation

Clinical interests

  • Abdominal Wall Hernias
  • Achalasia
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernias
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pancreas, Spleen and Adrenal Glands

J. Scott Roth, MD, FACS

Section Head, Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Center for Advanced Training and Simulation


My name is J. Scott Roth; I am both the Chief of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Section and the Director of the Center for Advanced Training and Simulation. I specialize in advanced laparoscopic surgery with a focus in the areas of foregut surgery (hiatal and diaphragmatic hernias, gastroesophagel reflux (GERD), achalasia, gastric tumors) and abdominal hernias (ventral, incisional and inguinal hernias), abdominal wall reconstruction (endoscopic and posterior component separation) and solid organ surgery (spleen, adrenal, and pancreas).

I am a nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive surgery. I received my medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and subsequently trained in Surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Kentucky. I returned to the University of Kentucky in 2008 as both the Director of MIS and Chief of GI Surgery. I am the Fellowship Director for the Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship training program.

My research laboratory is evaluating mechanisms of improving hernia repair outcomes through the inhibition of Matrix Metalloproteinases resulting in alterations in collagen deposition. I am the Principal Investigator in several ongoing clinical trials evaluating outcomes in hernia repair.

I am fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the American Hernia Society, the Society of University of Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress and the American Medical Association. I currently serve as the SAGES adviser to the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and is involved in the SAGES Legislative Committee and Hernia Task Force.

Faculty rank

Professor of Surgery


Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Richmond, Va.

University of Kentucky, Lexington

Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Certifications or Special training
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
American Board of Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

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  1. Wennergren JE, Askenasy EP, Greenberg JA, Holihan J, Keith J, Liang MK, Martindale RG, Trott S, Plymale M, Roth JS. Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with primary fascial closure versus bridged repair: a risk-adjusted comparative study. Surg Endosc. 2016 Aug;30(8):3231-8.
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  2. Wennergren JE, Plymale M, Davenport D, Levy S, Hazey J, Perry KA, Stigall K, Roth JS. Quality-of-life scores in laparoscopic preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. Surg Endosc. 2016 Aug;30(8):3467-73.
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  3. Totten CF, Davenport DL, Ward ND, Roth JS. Cost of ventral hernia repair using biologic or synthetic mesh. J Surg Res. 2016 Jun 15;203(2):459-65.
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  4. Plymale MA, Ragulojan R, Davenport DL, Roth JS. Ventral and incisional hernia: the cost of comorbidities and complications. Surg Endosc. 2016 Jun 10.
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  5. Mitchell TO, Holihan JL, Askenasy EP, Greenberg JA, Keith JN, Martindale RG, Roth JS, Liang MK. Do risk calculators accurately predict surgical site occurrences? J Surg Res. 2016 Jun 1;203(1):56-63.
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  6. Albright E, Diaz D, Davenport D, Roth JS. The component separation technique for hernia repair: a comparison of open and endoscopic techniques. Am Surg. 2011 Jul; 77(7):839-43. PMID: 21944344.
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  7. Roth JS, Dexter DD, Lumpkins K, Bochicchio GV. Hydrated vs. freeze-dried human acellular dermal matrix for hernia repair: a comparison in a rabbit model. Hernia. 2009 Apr; 13(2):201-7. PMID: 19023639.
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  8. Roth JS, Newman EC. Gluteal compartment syndrome and sciatica after bone marrow biopsy: a case report and review of the literature. Am Surg. 2002 Sep; 68(9):791-4. PMID: 12356152.
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