David B. Drake, MD

  • Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Director, Hand Surgery Service at UK HealthCare
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  • Adult Burns & Scars
  • 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 Statment

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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