LEXINGTON, Ky. The heart surgeon at the center of a legal dispute between the University of Kentucky and its public radio station, WUKY, has announced his resignation.
Dr. Mark Plunkett is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, but that program has been temporarily put on hold pending an internal review.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton says Plunkett has continued to operate on adult patients and according to campus records draws an annual salary of $700,000. However, children needing chest surgery have been referred to out of state hospitals.