Lexington Medical Society

September 2023 e-Newsletter


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Lexington, KY 40503

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Average Physician Salary in the US - a Misleading Metric

 By: Lee Dossett, MD

Earlier this month an article in the Washington Post created a lot of commentary and controversy in the physician world online. The title alone “The average doctor in the U.S. makes $350,000 a year. Why?" seems to imply physicians are over compensated and is meant to make readers and medical professionals alike click to read. I think it is worthwhile to examine the article because it touches on so much of what makes up our world day to day. Things like student loan debt, grueling residencies, bloat in the US healthcare system, and physician burnout all come into play as we think about if we truly earn our salaries. I will avoid giving my opinion, but I encourage everyone to read the article and form your own as a thought exercise. 



Welcome New LMS Members:

Kyle Bloemer, MD, Emergency Medicine

 Matthew Janko, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery

 Hazem Kakaji, MD, Nephrology

Alison Rasper, MD, Urology

Benjamin Wilson, MD, Orthopedic Surgery

 Johnnie Wright, MD, Ob/Gyn


Students: The last day to register is September 11, 2023.


For questions, email Cindy Madison

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine held its White Coat Ceremony on July 28th. Congratulations students!


LMS members Marisa Belcastro, MD (far left), Hannah Brown, MD (3rd from left), & Neelima Kale, MD (far right) are part of the KPLI Leadership Institute Class of 2023.


3rd Yr Students: Click here to register for the Mentorship Program



1 Senior Lunch, Noon, Bronte Bistro

21Career Chats, 6:30-8:30pm, Signature Club


6 Senior Lunch, Noon, Bronte Bistro

10 LMS Dinner Meeting, 6-8pm, Signature Club


3 Senior Lunch, Noon, Bronte Bistro


1 Senior Lunch, Noon, Bronte Bistro

LMS Featured Physician

Asha Shenoi, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Why did you become a physician?


Becoming a physician was a path I chose with a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, particularly children and their families. This aspiration was sparked by my own childhood experiences with a remarkable pediatrician who became a beloved member of our community. I remember the excitement I felt leading up to each office visit, knowing that it would be an opportunity to interact with a doctor who made everything so fun and enjoyable.


One vivid memory I have is of the treasure chest he had in his office. It was filled with small toys and trinkets, and every time I had to go through a medical procedure or even just a routine check-up, I had the chance to pick something from the treasure chest. This simple act of providing a small reward made a significant difference in how I perceived those moments of anxiety or discomfort. It helped alleviate my fears and transformed the experience into something positive and memorable.

To Read More About Dr. Shenoi CLICK HERE



In Memoriam

John Barton, MD passed away July 18, 2023 of cancer at the age of 65, leaving thousands of parents around Central Kentucky to mourn his loss and remember his care which often continued long after the births. 


Dr. Barton graduated from Centre College in 1979 and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He started working at Central Baptist Hospital in 1991 where he became an expert on pre-eclampsia. He and his partners grew the perinatal program into a statewide referral center for high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Barton delivered more that 2000 babies during his career.


Dr. Barton was an active member of the Lexington Medical Society since 1991.

John Poundstone, MD passed away April 1, 2023 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center at the age of 82. Dr. Poundstone graduated from & the University the Kentucky College of Medicine and received an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.


After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Poundstone served as the Commissioner of Health in Lexington for 23 years. He served terms as President of the American Association of Public Health Physicians, the Ky Public Health Association, the Ky Public Health Departments Association, and was Vice President of the Lexington Medical Society.


Dr. Poundstone was an active member of LMS since 1980.



“Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly”

By James Borders, MD, PACE Medical Director, Bluegrass Care Navigators 

PACE, which stands for “Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly,” is perhaps the most well-kept secret in healthcare. Although PACE has been in existence in the United States since the 1970s, Kentucky’s first PACE program started operating in 2022. PACE is a program primarily designed for patients with Medicare/Medicaid (the “dually eligible”), whose needs traditionally require skilled nursing home care. The ultimate goal of PACE is to allow participants to “age in place,” avoiding nursing home or other long-term care. Federal and state governments recognize that placing such patients into skilled nursing facilities is the most expensive option for care provision and often not the best plan for maintaining an acceptable quality of life for these patients.



Loving Kindness - A Heart Practice


  By John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP, ABIHM

Founding co-chair LMS Physician Wellness Program

Your ever-present heart is your physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual resource.

You experience the breadth of your emotions in your heart. Your heart is where you feel the love for your romantic partner, dear friends and family, children, pets and nature. Those who have the experience of holding their newborn child or grandchild for the first time often report a feeling in the heart unlike anything they have ever known or even considered possible. We feel the grief and loss of loved ones in our hearts as well. We even have palpable, heartfelt ‘driveway moments’ listening to stories on the radio that move us deeply and connect us emotionally to people we don’t even know. Research has also identified anger, rage and hostility as emotional toxins that increase our risk of heart attacks and death.


LMS Foundation Rewards Grants

The Lexington Medical Society Foundation Board met on Monday, August 14, 2023 and awarded $25,000.00 to local medical non-profits in Central Kentucky. Thank you to those who donated to the Foundation and sponsored or played in our annual LMS Foundation Golf Tournament.  

2023 Grant Recipients:

Baby Health Services

Bluegrass Council of the Blind

Camp Hendon (Ky Diabetes Camp for Children)

Camp Horsin’ Around

Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass

Chrysalis House, Inc.

Explorium of Lexington

Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky

Lexington Hearing & Speech Center

LMS Stress Reduction Workshops

LMS Physician Wellness Program

McDowell House Museum

Mission Lexington

Radio Eye, Inc.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the BG

Surgery on Sunday

Thank you to our Foundation Board Members for their service in 2023:

President                   John Collins, MD

Vice President           David Bensema, MD

Secretary                   John Roth, MD

Treasurer                   E. Hunt Ray, CPA

LMS President           Lee Dossett, MD

Gil Dunn

Janes Chiles

Bill Farmer

Alicia Jordan/Lucien Kinsolving

J. Michael Moore, MD

Susan Neil, MD

To Learn More about the LMS Foundation CLICK HERE

Commonwealth Credentialing Closes after Nearly a Quarter Century of Service

By Christopher Hickey, LMS EVP/CEO


Commonwealth Credentialing, the Lexington Medical Society’s centralized verification office (CVO), closed on August 4th, 2023, after nearly a quarter century of service. Commonwealth Credentialing was created to fill a need in the community to streamline the credentialing process with a common application and procedures. The idea was initiated by Dr. Andy Moore during his presidency in 1992. The project gained momentum during Dr. John Stewart’s presidency of 1997 when the challenging work of gaining hospital concurrence and support occurred. Dr. Lyle Dalton’s presidency of 1998 brought the project to the finish line, culminating in the approved for creation and naming of Commonwealth Credentialing in December 1998 by the Fayette County Medical Society (previous name for LMS) Executive Committee. Commonwealth Credentialing was officially opened on May 17, 1999.




American Trust

Central Bank

CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Republic Bank

The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass