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David B. Drake, MD

Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Hand Surgery Service at UK HealthCare
David B. Drake, MD
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  • Aesthetic Procedures
  • Breast Cancer Team
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Plastic Surgery
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    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
  • About

    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


    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

  • Procedures performed

    • Abdominal wall reconstruction
    • Body contouring surgery
    • Breast reconstruction
    • Breast reduction
    • Burn care
    • Burn scar release and reconstruction
    • Burn surgery
    • Burn wound management
    • Cheek reconstruction
    • Chest reconstruction
    • Ear reconstruction
    • Excision of skin cancer with reconstruction
    • Eyelid reconstruction
    • Facial reconstruction
    • Hand surgery including wrist and nerve
    • Lip reconstruction
    • Microvascular surgery
    • Nose reconstruction
    • Panniculectomy
  • 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.

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