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William B. Inabnet, III, MD, FACS, MHA

Chair, Department of Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief of UK HealthCare
William B. Inabnet, III, MD
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  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Thyroid Cancer Team
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    Adrenal tumors,  Beta cell metabolism,  Disorders of the endocrine system,  Obesity,  Thyroid cancer
  • About

    William B. “Barry” Inabnet, MD, completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, before going on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and his fellowship in surgical endocrinology at Cochin Hospital in Paris.

    In addition to introducing new techniques in minimal access endocrine neck surgery, adrenal surgery and pancreatic surgery, Inabnet also focuses on minimally invasive metabolic surgery, primarily in obesity, disorders of the endocrine system and beta cell metabolism. For nearly 20 years, Inabnet has been an innovator of “scarless” thyroid surgery and has introduced numerous new techniques in the United States.

    Inabnet has authored five textbooks, book chapters and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He is a member of the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association, the French National Academy of Surgery and the French Academy of Medicine, where he is one of four U.S. surgeons to achieve this honor. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of VideoEndocrinology, a video journal by the American Thyroid Association.

    Faculty Rank

    Professor of Surgery


    Doctor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Master’s in Healthcare Administration, Columbia University, New York

    Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


    General surgery residency, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago


    Surgical endocrinology fellowship, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of General Surgery

  • Procedures performed

    • Adrenal surgery
    • Minimal access endocrine neck surgery
    • Minimally invasive endocrine surgery
    • Minimally invasive metabolic and bariatric surgery
    • Pancreatic surgery
    • Scarless thyroid surgery
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