If there’s a theme to this issue of MD-UPDATE, it’s that Kentucky physicians and providers are leading by example.
The Kentucky Medical Association, the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), and the Lexington Medical Society, among other medical societies, have partnered in “Commit to Quit,” the smoking cessation program that leverages the physician-patient relationship in an effort to reduce smoking in Kentucky. The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, Quit Now Kentucky, also recognizes the high impact that physicians have when discussing tobacco use with patients.
We have contributions inside this issue of MD-UPDATE from our friend Dr. Shawn Jones of Paducah, Ky, vice-chair of KFMC and an early leader in smoking cessation, as well as from administrators in the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. I invite you to read about their work and get involved.
As this is our cardiology, cardiac surgery, pulmonology, and sleep medicine issue, we profile some of the Kentucky physicians who are doing remarkable work with their patients in those specialties.
Readers of MD-UPDATE know that I am an advocate of healthy living and nutrition, which I’m convinced starts at the food procurement center, aka, the grocery store or farmer’s market. So once again we invited Mac Stone, a nationally recognized leader in organic farming and marketing of farm to home food systems, from Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown, Ky, to share some of his homegrown wisdom. From Mac’s experience, being a consumer of the “farm-you-see” is far healthier than being a customer of the “pharm-a-cy.”
Finally, January and February 2016 provided many opportunities for Kentucky physicians to support and enjoy events that support cardiovascular research and the arts. We caught up with some of those doctors, and we thank them for posing for our camera.
Until next issue, all the best,
Gil DunnPublisher, MD-UPDATE
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