Residency Program

Chandler Hospital

Best Hospitals National 2018 – 2019 (Ear Nose & Throat)

Thank you for your interest in the University of Kentucky Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program. We believe we have an outstanding residency experience and look forward to sharing information about our program with you.


Our Department of Otolaryngology continues to undergo a rapid expansion.  In 2011, the new UK Chandler Hospital opened.  In June 2018, our new clinic opened, along with a new administrative areas and new resident workrooms.  The UK Otolaryngology residency program began in 1990 with five faculty members and one resident per year. We have grown steadily since that time, and now have fifteen clinical faculty members, three physician extenders, one PhD faculty member, in addition to 4 residents per year (starting with 2019-2020 recruiting cycle).

Clinical & Didactic Education

All clinical areas of otolaryngology are covered and we have NIH-funded research in our department. The teaching program is centered on providing residents with all the tools needed to successfully pass their board exams and to enter a practice of their choosing, with a firm understanding of the full scope of our specialty.  UK Otolaryngology faculty are fully-committed to resident education, as shown by the CORONA initiative in resident education during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CORONA initiative resulted in collaboration from nearly 50 otolaryngology programs nationwide, international viewership, and over 65,000 video hits to date on recorded lectures.

Operative Experience

Our program’s greatest strength is the operative experience. Our residents operate one-on-one with a faculty member in virtually every case. A progressive experience leads to surgical competence and confidence.  Graduating case volumes for UK residents are regularly well-above national averages. In addition, we are proud that 100 percent of our graduating residents are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery (ABOto--HNS). Our faculty is dedicated to the highest level of patient care and resident education.  We strive to mentor residents towards their vocational goals.

If you desire to become a great clinician in the field of otolaryngology, to have the opportunity to perform research and become published, and to work in a close-knit department that promotes teamwork and world-class patient care, then the University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology residency program may be the right place for you. We welcome your interest in our program, encourage you to explore this website extensively, and look forward to hearing from you further.


Brett Comer, MD

Brett Comer, MD

Associate Professor
Residency Program Director
Division of Rhinology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky

For more information, contact:

Saralyn Buck

Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 859-218-2146