Paula Hollingsworth, MD, FACC

Paula Hollingsworth, MD, FACC

Why did you become a physician?

Throughout my childhood I was fascinated by nature and science.  When I was 10 years old, I requested and received an invisible man for Christmas.  Then my father suffered his first heart attack at the age of 45.  From that point on I was drawn toward medicine and into the field of cardiology.  I love every aspect of the field of cardiology, but valvular disease is my favorite.  My mission as a cardiologist is to diagnose and correct the cardiac issues that I can, but more importantly, to educate my patients so that they can improve their future.  I especially want to better educate women on issues in cardiac disease, since women often neglect their own health, putting their families first.

Education and professional background

I have a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology and obtained all my medical training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  My children were 2 and 5 when I began medical school and thanks to the unwavering support of my husband, I was able to complete a cardiology fellowship.  I had several options to move out of state for residency and fellowship, but the programs at UK were so comprehensive that I chose not to move.

My interest outside of medicine

In my spare time, I enjoy shooting sporting clays with my husband, driving my Porsche Clubsport at various road tracks, running, HIITS and playing with my three grandchildren.

Why did I join the Lexington Medical Society?

I joined the Lexington Medical Society to support the physicians in Lexington and Central Kentucky.  As a group we can address multiple challenges more effectively and advocate for each other.  LMS has created multiple programs that provide opportunities for us as physicians to give back.  The Mentorship Program gives us an opportunity to influence and educate future physicians and programs for Early Career Physicians/Students is very much needed in those just getting started.  Additionally, LMS provides support for physicians through the Physician Wellness Program, which is needed now more than ever as the complexities of the physician’s life continue to increase.