Varun Jain, MD

  • General Surgery
5 out of 5


  • Obesity
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Hiatal Hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Abdominal wall hernias
  • Gallbladder diseases

Procedures Performed

  • Weight loss surgery
  • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery)
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic/Robotic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic/Robotic Revision Bariatric Surgery (band removal, conversions, etc.)
    • Advanced laparoscopic general surgery
    • Laparoscopic/Robotic Abdominal Wall (including inguinal, umbilical, ventral) Hernia Repaire


Dr. Varun Jain is a general surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery and his primary areas of interest are Bariatric/ Metabolic (Weight- loss) surgery and Foregut surgery. He completed medical school and a general surgery residency from the University of Delhi in India, before moving to the United States where he pursued further general surgery residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and then at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. He completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive (including robotic) General as well as Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL .

He joined the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and his focus is on comprehensive obesity care. He is an advocate for teamwork and multidisciplinary care in tackling the challenging problems accompanying the management of obesity and related illnesses. He utilizes advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes and recovery.

Jain is a committee member for the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery), member of SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), has authored journal articles as well as a book chapter and received teaching/mentorship as well as excellence in patient care awards as a chief resident.

Personal Statement

I grew up in a family of doctors, care and empathy came naturally. There is a unique satisfaction derived in treating and helping someone through a medical condition in a way that transforms their life. This was my motivation in pursuing Metabolic (Weight- Loss) Surgery as a career path. I try and bundle evidence based and advanced clinical care along with empathy in an effort to make what is otherwise an emotionally and psychologically challenging process, less onerous.

Outside of work, my wife and I along with our daughter and small dog, love to travel and spend time outdoors. I used to play competitive soccer and still enjoy a wide variety of sports.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Carolyn Pence- Smith Award (Mayo Clinic) - Best Chief Resident Mentor 2021, Mayo Clinic office of patient experience (OPE) award for top performing provider 2022

Training & Education


University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India


General Surgery- Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University), India
General Surgery Prelim Residency- UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
General Surgery Residency- Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ


Minimally Invasive General, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery- Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Surgery - 2022

Ratings & Reviews

5 out of 5
4 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

    Dr. Jain did an outstanding job in with the surgery, which was more complicated than expected. He also did a great job communicating and explained everything post surgery

    Patient Review

    Dr. Jain and the resident far surpassed any level of care we have ever had. He sat down and went over everything so thorough from first to worst case scenario.

    Patient Review

    He and his staff are always amazing about describing what's going on with me, bad, drawing pictures, or whatever it takes for me to get the full understanding.

    Patient Review

    Could not ask for a better doctor or resident