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Ralph Alvarado, M.D., Citizen Legislator

By Robert F. Granacher Jr., M.D. M.B.A. Stephen Hawking famously said, “Science is not only a discipline of reason, but also, one of romance and passion.” When one first meets Ralph Alvarado, M.D., he or she is struck by his passion for the practice of medicine and his quest to improve politically the practice life … Continue reading

Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) Common Misunderstandings

By Tuyen Tran, M.D. Since the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report in 1999, To Err is Human, multiple stakeholders (government agencies, accreditation bodies, payers, hospitals, providers, and the public) have responded with various metrics to monitor and interventions to implement. They wanted to improve the healthcare and positively effect changes to prevent the annual avoidable … Continue reading

Medical Marijuana Debate

PROS By Lowell Quenemoen M.D., Neurology(ret) Growing up in the “Age of Aquarius”, the culture of sandals, beads and “grass”, many Americans have continued their interest in “weed” as a recreational product and more recently as a medicinal product. A Gallop poll in 2013 reveals that 38% of Americans have tried marijuana at some point … Continue reading

The Heroin Bill and Public Health

By Rice C. Leach, M.D., President, Lexington Medical Society This brief note is to share general information about needle exchanges and the people it will serve. It is not intended to be a detailed analysis of SB 192 but it is an overview of what is happening at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) and … Continue reading

Compassion is what sustains me: Carol Cottrill

By John A. Patterson M.D., MSPH, FAAFP It seems so fitting that Carol Cottrill’s medical specialty is the hearts of children- both physical and emotional. Her career path began when her 4th child was born with congenital heart disease. Growing up on a family farm, she learned to balance compassion and necessity, a skill she … Continue reading

Keeping Perspective on Life’s Priorities

By John A. Patterson M.D., MSPH, FAAFP Tom Broster has practiced for 28 years as part of Central Kentucky Anesthesia, a private anesthesiology group at Baptist Health Lexington. As president of the group since 2001, he describes his business and administrative responsibilities as the greatest source of his stress- not his patient care responsibilities. He … Continue reading

Winchester and the Clark Regional Medical Center

By Lowell Quenemoen M.D. Winchester is the county seat of Clark County named for George Rogers Clark and formed from portions of Fayette and Bourbon Counties, parts of the original Virginia Land Grant. Winchester was founded in 1792 and currently has a population close to 18,400 people with a county population of 35,620. Winchester’s proximity … Continue reading

KMA Community Connector Program

By David Bensema, M.D. When physicians talk, people listen. The high esteem in which physicians are held makes their leadership in the community integral to addressing the disconnect between community leaders and sound health policy. The Kentucky Medical Association’s Community Connector Leadership Program (CCLP) aims to help Kentucky physicians close that gap in their communities. … Continue reading

From the Editor: Summer 2015

Robert P. Granacher Jr., M.D., M.B.A., Editor-in-Chief, Kentucky Doc Magazine Welcome to the summer edition of Kentucky Doc Magazine, the medical magazine for physicians, edited and written by physicians.  Our cartoonist has started this issue with a cartoon which is aligned with an interesting pro-con contrast of “medical marijuana.”  Danesh Mazloomdoost, M.D. and Lowell Quenemoen, … Continue reading