Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc

Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc

Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc

Hirikati S. Nagaraj, MD Endowed Professor in Pediatric Surgery
Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, Norton Children’s Hospital
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship


Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy, Neonates with congenital anomalies

Contact Information

University of Louisville School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Office: (502) 588-0390; FAX (502) 588-0395

Medical School

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


NCMG - Pediatric Surgery
411 E Chestnut St. Level 5
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 588-0390
Fax: (502) 588-0396


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR


Emory University, Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital Boston, Surgical Critical Care

Research Interests

Pursuing research aimed at finding new solutions to difficult clinical problems in Pediatric Surgery. The Division of Pediatric Surgery participates in the MidWest Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium.

Dr. Downard joined the University of Louisville in 2007 and is a Professor of Surgery with tenure. She has been the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery since 2020. In her free time, Dr. Downard enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also likes to play tennis, travel, and is an amateur food critic.

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Selected Administrative/Leadership Roles
  • Program Director, UofL Pediatric Surgery Training Program
  • Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons