Meet Dr. Thornton

Brian Thornton, MBA, MD, PhD

Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton, MBA, MD, PhD, is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). While attending the University of Louisville, he completed medical and graduate school and received his MD and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. He completed an integrated residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kentucky and has authored numerous scientific publications, invited seminars and textbooks. He completed an MBA at the University of Louisville in 2013.

He believes breast reconstructive surgery allows him to combine art and medicine by providing creative solutions to patients’ needs and helping them to fulfill their expectations, and enhancing their outcomes. In his private practice, Dr. Thornton believes in personalized care for each of his patients.

Dr. Thornton is a consultant for a leading manufacturer of breast implants and a producer of a tissue support for breast reconstruction. His consultancy work allows him to offer cutting edge technology and techniques for his patients. He is one of a handful of plastic surgeons nationwide invited as a panel member of a Breast Reconstruction Advisory Board that has been held annually since 2009.

Dr. Thornton is a Clinical Faculty in Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he has served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President of the Kentucky Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is a frequent guest editor for the prestigious Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Journal of Plastic and Hand Surgery, Journal American College of Surgeons, and Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has been a Visiting Professor in Breast Reconstruction, invited as Faculty for programs in breast reconstruction at regional and national levels.

In 2012, Dr. Thornton was elected Delegate to the Kentucky Medical Association 9th District. His patients awarded him with the Patients Choice Award, has been was voted in the Top 10% of all plastic surgeons nationwide for patient care by Press Ganey, and has received the Compassionate Doctor Recognition three years in a row. Also voted a Louisville “Top Doc” by his peers has been one of his most humbling honors. He was elected as President of the Medical Staff for Norton Hospital in 2014. Also in 2014, Dr. Thornton was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Dr. Thornton and his wife, Dr. Tiffany Berry, a Surgical Breast Oncologist with Norton Healthcare, lecture around the country encouraging physicians to “collaborate for better outcomes” in breast reconstruction.