Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP

Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP

Why did you become a physician?

I grew up in a physician home. My dad was a vascular surgeon and eventually the dean of the medical school at East Tennessee State University. Between being around him and the number of times I required stitches at the kitchen table, medicine was a part of life. This was further fostered with the medical/first aid components of the Boy Scouts and then as a lifeguard for the city pool. Medical school wasn’t always the top plan as I worked in radio and media during college and had thoughts of “heading west”, but thought better when I realized there wasn’t a huge market for a person with my background and characteristics from the south.

Tell us about your educational and professional background.

I was set to attend the University of Georgia and was on their drumline for the summer before college. However, East Tennessee State University then offered a full ride with an opportunity for their Honors Program and the deal was sealed with a program that allowed you to take the MCAT after your freshman year with early interview and acceptance into the James H Quillen College of Medicine. I graduated in 2003 from QCOM and then did an internship in general surgery as my wife finished med school and then we moved to Lexington for our respective residencies. The fun part about all my subsequent applications is that I took a year off so we wouldn’t have to couples match and to prepare for Step 3. During that time, I sold baseball cards, refinished the inside of a horse barn, and worked for Clear Channel Radio to help make ends meet. I attended Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky from 2005-2008. Since then, I have worked with the University of Kentucky at both of their hospitals until 2013 and currently working with Central Emergency Physicians at Baptist Health Lexington. On top of emergency medicine, I serve as the medical director for Lexington Fire/EMS (since 2013) and as the medical director for GMR Motorsports and the AMR Safety Team which provides the on-track response and safety teams for NASCAR, IMSA, USF, and others. I spend much of the year traveling and attending racing events, most often with NASCAR. I have continued my media interests, serving as the Chief Medical Contributor for Fox-56 News, producer of “The Doc Is In” which airs on six stations, and host of the ACEP Frontline Podcast, the official podcast of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2019, I was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians and currently serve as the Vice-President of Communications for ACEP. In 2024, I will also be a candidate for president-elect of the college, which represents nearly 40k emergency physicians.

What are your interest outside of medicine?

I don’t have a ton of time outside of my work and family obligations, but it helps that I love EMS and motorsports, so much of my work is my enjoyment too. That being said, I love spending time with my wife (Donna) and two daughters (Ava and Amelia). We live on land in Jessamine County and enjoy our horses, dogs, cats, and whatever other animals they decide to adopt when I travel. I am a private pilot which supports much of my work and really enjoy education. I love the opportunity to travel for work and with my family, seeing different parts of this wonderful country and occasionally, the world.

Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society

Initially, I joined as part of the credentialing process for BHL. As physicians, we must work and advocate together. There are so many pressure points on healthcare in general, and physicians must play a unified and strong role in advocating for our profession and our patients. LMS also provides great education and a way for physicians to remain in contact with each other, either through work or elsewhere. Finally, it is where my friends and colleagues I have met over the years gather. I do apologize to many of them that the EM table is much cooler than all the others on student career night, EM docs just have really cool opportunities and careers.