Residency Program

We appreciate 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 and UK Healthcare has undergone and continues to undergo a rapid expansion.  In 2011, the new UK Chandler Hospital began to open.  In 2017, construction is scheduled to begin on a new clinic for the Department of Otolaryngology.  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 thirteen clinical faculty members and one PhD faculty member, in addition to 3 residents per year.  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.

Our program’s greatest strength is the operative experience. Our residents operate one-on-one with a faculty member on 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 Academy of Otolaryngology. Our faculty is dedicated to the highest level of patient care and resident education.  We relish guiding residents towards their vocational goals, be it in academic medicine, fellowship, research, private practice, or employed practice.


We welcome your interest in our program, and look forward to hearing from you further.


Brett Comer, MD

Assistant Professor

Residency Program Director

Division of Rhinology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery

Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

University of Kentucky

For more information, contact:

Becky Smith

Residency Program Coordinator

Administrative Staff Officer

Phone: 859-218-2143