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Community Interest: Philip Hall, M.D.

By Robert P. Granacher Jr., M.D., M.B.A. Dr. Phil Hall never dreamed while growing up in Lexington, that someday he would practice anesthesiology in a war torn area such as Syria. During his last service there, an indigenous female nurse came into his hospital with a gun and began asking if “there were any Americans … Continue reading

Addressing “Doctor Shopping” Among the Patient Population

For physicians who practice in Central Kentucky, particularly those who prescribe pain medication on a regular basis, it’s no secret that addiction to prescription drugs is a very real and dangerous problem in Central Kentucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every 100 people in the state of Kentucky, there are … Continue reading

Signs of a Winning Stock

By J.E. Carpenter Investors tend to look at things like takeover rumors when trying to pick a winning stock. More often than not, however, those rumors are just that. Here are some more reliable guides to a company’s bright future: 1. More than one insider is buying. Insiders aren’t always right, and they’re often way … Continue reading

Making History: Alois Alzheimer, the man who named a dread disease

By Frank Kourt, Staff Writer The very mention of  “Alzheimer’s disease,” can evoke a number of emotions, including terror, since it is a debilitating disease that robs victims of their memories and other cognitive functions. It has long been recognized that with age often comes dementia, but what about when such conditions present themselves at … Continue reading

Second Oldest but Never Second Best

By Thomas H. Waid, M.D. Past President, Lexington Medical Society The Lexington Medical Society is the second oldest organized medical society in the country. Only the New Jersey Medical Society is older. Founded in 1799, the LMS boasts many prestigious members including Dr. Ephraim McDowell, the father of American Surgery, Dr. Daniel Drake, one of … Continue reading

Profile in Compassion: Serving Needy Children and their Families: Bill Underwood, MD

By John A. Patterson M.D., MSPH, FAAFP I first met Bill Underwood, MD during my pediatrics rotation as part of the family practice residency at UK in 1978. At that time, he was voluntary medical director of the non-profit Baby Health Service (BHS), a position he held for almost 30 of its 100 years. Bill … Continue reading

Officers announced for Lexington Clinic’s 2015 board of directors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – February 3, 2015 – At Lexington Clinic’s annual meeting of the board of directors, held January 28, 2015, the following officers were elected to serve for the year. President – Stephen C. Umansky, M.D. Vice President – Michael T. Cecil, M.D. Secretary – J. Elizabeth Lehmann, M.D. Treasurer – Cheryl A. McClain, … Continue reading

Clinical Perils: Suicide in Physicians

By Robert P. Granacher Jr., M.D., M.B.A. Overview Last fall a central Kentucky surgeon called his family and then killed himself on the roof of a small town surgery center parking garage. Like many depressed patients who complete suicide, he had seen a physician or therapist shortly before his death. It has been estimated recently … Continue reading

Profile: Frankfort Medical Community

By Lowell R. Quenemoen, M.D. The Capital of the Commonwealth is home to a progressive expanding medical community serving Frankfort’s 27,000 residents as well as a larger catchment area of Franklin, Anderson and portions of Shelby, Owen, Woodford and Scott counties. Over 150 providers serve the community. Of these 25% are hospital based (ER, Hospitalists, … Continue reading

From the Editor: Spring 2015

I am excited to announce that the Lexington Medical Society has assumed the focus and editorial direction of Kentucky Doc magazine, beginning with this Spring edition. We have the nucleus of a new editorial board, which is composed entirely of physicians. This undertaking is a work in progress, and our current goals are to redesign … Continue reading