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PROFILE IN COMPASSION: Medicine is a Calling – John Gurley MD

John Gurley MD has practiced interventional cardiology at UK for over 30 years. He well remembers deciding to be a doctor in his teens growing up in a small Ohio town where his father was a dentist. His mother worked briefly as a nurse, but eventually devoted herself to raising 6 sons. John loved science, … Continue reading

A Paradigm Shift in Pain

Not long ago, even palliative care patients struggled for pain relief, prompting the World Health Organization among many other organizations to focus on pain care access. What started in the late 1980s as an effort to encourage compassionate care for terminal conditions evolved into the largest iatrogenic epidemic in history; the US is now the … Continue reading

Kidney Transplant in Central America: LIKE FATHER – LIKE DAUGHTER

Honduras is a beautiful tropical country within Central America and is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is a democratic country with approximately 8 million citizens, and its capital and largest city is Tegucigalpa. The capital name comes from the languages of the Central American native populations and translates to “Silver … Continue reading

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

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

Obesity as a Disease: What Does the AMA Decision Mean?

On June 18, 2013, at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, members voted to recognize obesity as a disease. The announcement has met with mixed reactions from those within the medical community and from those considered obese. Here are some of the things you should know about obesity and the AMA decision. Council … Continue reading

Concerns About the Future of Medicine: Latest Survey Reveals Physician Fears

The latest annual survey of medical professionals by a major consulting and financial planning service has revealed a number of concerns about the future of the medical industry. Perhaps surprisingly to some, not all of the concerns are related to the Affordable Care Act. The 2013 Deloitte Survey of U.S Physicians is based upon replies … Continue reading

The Use of the DaVinci Surgical System in Treating Infertility

The da Vinci Surgical System, first approved by the FDA in 2000, was developed to enhance the precision and visualization of minimally invasive surgery for surgeons who perform delicate and complex operations. Gynecologic surgeons were among the first specialists to embrace the robotic technology because they saw the potential of the da Vinci System to … Continue reading

The Art of Translation Part 1: Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences

A 2003 article in The American Journal of Medicine revealed a surprising problem with scientific research. Of more than 100 “groundbreaking” studies conducted in the early 1970s, only five resulted in actual treatments for patients. Clearly there is a gap between scientific discovery and clinical treatment. This is something that the Center for Clinical and … Continue reading

Blood and Blood Product Utilization

The utilization of blood and blood products is an essential part of a patient’s treatment plan. Patient populations where transfusion with blood or blood products is indicated include those with anemia, cancer, sickle cell disease, trauma, surgery and bleeding disorders. Blood and blood products are supplied to transfusion services by regional blood centers. Blood centers … Continue reading