Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Department of Surgery
Vice Chair for Faculty Promotion & Development
Section of Surgical Sciences
Appointments: (615) 322-2063

Dr. Sharp's clinical interests include the gastrointestinal tract and applications of minimally invasive surgical procedures in that area. He has a particular interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for antireflux procedures, including surgery for esophageal motility disorders. Dr. Sharp has an active practice in inflammatory bowel disease including ileoanal pouch procedures for ulcerative colitis and familial adenomatous polyposis, biliary tract disorders, and pancreatic problems including cancer and chronic pancreatitis. His practice includes the care of benign and malignant breast diseases.

Post-Graduate Training

Dr. Sharp completed his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the field of general surgery and completed this training in 1984. From January to June 1982 he spent six months at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford England. His training included a fellowship in hepatic and biliary pathophysiology at the Loch Raven VA Hospital in Baltimore Maryland 1980 - 1981.


Dr. Sharp received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1977.

Other Responsibilities

Dr. Sharp is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Surgical Association, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Association for Surgical Education, the Nashville Surgical Society, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Southern Surgical Association, and the International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association.

Dr. Sharp has active involvement in the leadership of both regional and national surgical organizations. He has served as the President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is a past President of the Southeastern Surgical congress. He has served in committees for the Association for Surgical Education, the Nashville Surgical Society, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the National Board of medical Examiners. He is a current Governor of the American College of Surgeons and is the Secretary-Director of the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He has received three clinical teaching awards at Vanderbilt and has delivered numerous invited lectureships in surgery nationally.


Dr. Sharp has published 18 book chapters, 60 manuscript publications, 4 video presentations, and 28 abstracts. Some of his abstracts are online at PubMed.

Meet Dr. Sharp


Division of General Surgery