Lexington Medical Society

September 2022 e-Newsletter


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2628 Wilhite Court, Suite 201

Lexington, KY 40503

PH: (859) 278-0569  FAX: (859) 277-3919


Task Force to Help Disaster Relief for Patients & Physicians

By: Khalil Rahman, MD

In recent years Kentucky has been hit by subsequent natural disasters. Recent floods in Eastern Kentucky have destroyed families, townships, and small cities. Last year a devastating tornado destroyed swaths of Western Kentucky. The residents of these counties had nowhere to go, some of them lost loved ones, their dwellings, and their employment. Multiple organizations and the government sector are working to help these communities. Teamwork to improve the current situation and planning for long term solutions are in force. 


During our last LMS Executive Committee meeting, a question was raised about what role the Lexington Medical Society has in helping patients, healthcare workers, and pharmacies during a natural disaster. The LMS has no policy, procedures, or funding to assist with the community in a natural disaster. 



Register Now for the LMS/KMA 10th District & Past Presidents' Meeting on Tuesday, October 11


The October meeting is sponsored by Professionals' Insurance Agency, Inc.

In Memoriam

Jerry Anderson, MD passed away July 10, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two children, and four grandchildren.


After high school, Dr. Anderson enlisted in the US Army where he served in Germany. After returning, he attended the St. Louis School of Medicine in 1968. After his radiology residency, Dr. Anderson moved to Lexington to begin his practice at Good Samaritan Hospital where he served the medical staff in several executive positions. He was also President of the Ky Radiology Society and a founding member of Central Ky Radiology. He was a member of LMS since LMS 1973.


A service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502 or First Presbyterian Church, 171 Market St, Lexington, KY 40507.


Max Crocker, MD passed away June 25, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Dr. Crocker received his medical degree from the Univ of Tennessee Collof Med. He did an internship at the Univ of S.Alabama Hosp before going into the US Army Medical Corp. After six years of private practice in TN, he came to the Uni of Ky Coll of Med to help start the Dept of Family Practice. He worked at UK for 25+ years and was a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Ky Academy of Family Physicians, AMA, KMA, and was a member of LMS since 1973.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington 40502 or Habitat for Humanity Construction & Family Services, 700 E Loudon Ave, Lexington 40505.


Haley Wehder, MD passed away July 11, 2022 at the UK Bluegrass Hospice Center at the age of 29. She is survived by her parents, her “mimi”, and countless friends & extended family.


Dr. Wehder received her undergrad & medical degree from the University of Kentucky and was currently in her fourth year of residency in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry & Psychiatry.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Hope Center—Lexington, 360 W. Loudon Ave, Lexington, KY 40508 or your favorite cancer research organization.


Active Membership:

John David Hammer, MD  Ophthalmology

Mark Iltis, DO                      Surgery


UK College of Medicine

1st Year Students

CLICK HERE for a complete list of 1st year students  (Pages 6-7)

Physicians: Volunteers Needed

Contact:  cmadison@lexingtondoctors.org

Medical Students: Click Here to Register 

This event is a partnership between the UK AMA Medical Students Section, UK College of Medicine Alumni, & the Lexington Medical Society. Over a dozen specialties will be represented. There will be an opportunity for medical students to chat with 4 different specialties. They will shift after about 20 minutes to another specialty of their interest and chat with physicians working in that specialty. This event is informal & designed to build professional relationships. It is free to students & physician volunteers. Dinner will be provided free of charge along with a cash bar.

Is It Time to Move the US Healthcare System to Truly Universal Coverage?

By: Terry Clark, MD, FCAP

On August 17 a webinar entitled “The US Healthcare Delivery System: Where it Succeeds: How it Fails to Meet the Needs of Patients and Providers and Options for Change” was presented through the Kentucky Medical Association. The discussion lasted two hours and included presentations by 11 speakers. Physician speakers were mostly associated with the University of Louisville but several were from other institutions or private practices. Physician speakers were: Drs. Miranda Mosley, Greg Cooper, Heidi Koenig, Eugene Shively, Barbara Cooper, Don Neal, Jane Katz Field, Kevin Pearce, Michael Flynn, and Mark Schroer. Specialties represented included: Primary Care, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Urology, Anesthesia, Pediatrics, OBGYN and Psychiatry. Kay Tillow is a non-physician with “Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare” who also spoke. The introduction to the program was by Dr. Susan Bornstein. 



By: John A. Patterson, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, ABIHM, Founding co-chair LMS Physician Wellness Program

The altruistic example of Albert Schweitzer was my inspiration for becoming a physician.


He obtained a doctorate in 1899, with a dissertation on religious philosophy. He was a musicologist and internationally known concert organist whose paid professional engagements supported his medical training and, later, his African hospital. After receiving his MD degree, he founded his hospital at Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa in 1913. Schweitzer died in 1965 and was buried at Lambaréné.

The expression “reverence for life” was Albert Schweitzer's self-described personal philosophy. He believed that no person must ever harm or destroy life unless absolutely necessary. This philosophy was the foundation of his life and work. He believed “the purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.”


Featured Physician

Alexander Thebert, MD   Internal Medicine

Why did you become a physician?

Ever since I can remember I’ve known that I would be a physician. Both of my parents are in the medical field. My dad is radiologist and my mom was a pediatric oncology nurse, so joining the profession that they love came naturally. As a kid, I remember walking the sterile hospital halls until finally reaching my dad’s reading room. Huge computer screens lit up the dark room with strange black and white pictures that entranced me. 


The Lexington Medical Society Foundation Board met on Monday, September 15, 2022 and distributed $20,200.00 to medical non-profits in the Central Kentucky area. Below is a list of those who received grants from the Foundation for 2022.

This year's recipients were the following:

Baby Health Services, Inc.

Bluegrass Council of the Blind

Camp Horsin' Around

Children's Advocacy Ctr of the BG

Chrysalis House, Inc.

Explorium of Lexington

Ky Diabetes Camp for Children

Kidney Health Alliance of Ky

LMS Med Student Emergency Relief

LMS Physician Wellness Program

McDowell House

Mission Health/Faith Pharmacy

Radio Eye, Inc.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Surgery on Sunday

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 LMS Foundation Golf Tournament or donated to the Foundation this year.



Surgery on Sunday

Imagine you are a landscaper supporting your family and taking pride in your beautiful work, but a hernia is keeping you from that work and your family could lose the hard-won stability you have been providing because you don’t have insurance. Or imagine you are cleaning houses to make sure your kids have enough to eat but your gallstones or carpal tunnel syndrome makes it impossible for you do your job regularly, and there is no way you can afford surgery. Or imagine you want to read to your grandchildren, but the cost of cataract surgery is beyond your reach and that means you won’t see them clearly again or be able to read them a bedtime story. Where can you go to get help, to get your life back?



American Trust

Baptist Health Medical Group

Central Bank

CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

SVMIC State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.


Professionals' Insurance Agency, Inc.