David B. Drake, MD

  • Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Director, Hand Surgery Service at UK HealthCare
4.57 out of 5


  • Adult Burns & Scars
  • Diabetic Cheiroarthropathy
  • Hand, arm and joint trauma and fractures
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Carpal tunnel and other nerve compression syndromes
    • Arthritis
    • Congenital hand differences
    • Sports-related or work-related injuries
    • Soft tissue and overuse injuries, vascular disorders, tumors and masses
    • Boutonniere deformity (central slip injury)
    • Boxer's fracture
    • Colle's fracture (fracture, distal radius)
    • de Quervain's disease
    • Elbow fracture
    • Finger extensor tendon injury
    • Finger flexor tendon injury
    • Finger fracture
    • Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
    • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
    • Tenosynovitis
    • Wrist fracture

Procedures Performed


David B. Drake, MD, a native of Kentucky, earned his medical degree from UK before completing residencies in general surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and in plastic surgery at the University of Virginia. He went on to complete a burn fellowship, a hand surgery fellowship and a microvascular surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia. He returned to Kentucky in 2018 to join the Division of Plastic Surgery to practice a broad range of Plastic Surgery including surgery of the hand and wrist.

Personal Statement

Plastic Surgery is an incredible field in which to practice in that we treat all ages and all socioeconomic groups. Our field contains the skin and its contents from aesthetic surgery to the most complex reconstructive surgery following trauma or cancer. This process also enables us to develop personal relationships with our patients and take them from a place of injury or deformity to restoration of form and function.

The appreciation and gratitude of my patients drives me to continue this journey. I also have the privilege of teaching residents and medical students and exposing them to the power of transformation that we sometimes can effect on our patients. Outside of the hospital I am engaged in sport activities (golf) and a full life of travel and adventure with my wife and our families. 

Faculty Rank

  • Professor, Department of Surgery
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  • Awards

    Best Doctors in America 2018

    Castle Connelly Top Doctors Award 2018

    AOA 2012

    Academy of Distinguished Educators 2005

  • News and events

    Dr. Drake is presently the President for the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Training & Education


University of Kentucky, College of Medicine


General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia health Sciences Center, Charlottesville


Burn Critical Care, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville
Hand and Microsurgery, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Surgery, Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery

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Ratings & Reviews

4.57 out of 5
11 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    The best I ever had

    Patient Review

    I had a poor experience. I was having a consult for a breast reduction and the doctor told me he can't do a reduction. Make sure your doctors know how to do their job before you hire them. He said he would do a breast lift but not a reduction. He also told me the only way I would be able to get a reduction would be if I was switching my gender.

    Patient Review

    This care provider was excellent!

    Patient Review

    I feel I'm in good hands @ UK HealthCare!!

    Patient Review

    Love Dr. Drake!!
    • Patient Review

      Was excellent
    • Patient Review

      The doctor asked me a couple questions before telling me he didn't know how to help me and telling me I'd be contacted about a referral to a different type of doctor.
    • Patient Review

      This was the worst experience I ever been through. I knew something was wrong when they didn't look at MRI one didn't know the name of the dr. that sent me to *Dr. Drake. I need to find out what is causing this pain and why my finger turns black.
    • Patient Review

      All were great. Everyone listened and answered my questions completely. I simply cannot afford to make my co-pays.
    • Patient Review

      They didn't ask anything about how it was doing, only took out stitches.
    • Patient Review

      The care provider - assistant was new and did not know the case. This was the one time the dr. came and asked occupational therapist to help me. Her care/concern was excellent.