Sarah O’Leary, MD

Sarah O’Leary, MD

Why did you become a physician? 

In high school, the opportunity to work in an ophthalmology office opened the door to healthcare for me. The MD who hired me asked me to promise to consider a career in medicine, and about eight years later he hooded me at my graduation.

I became a physician to help people and because I love to learn.  I’ve always loved and been good at school, and I wanted to do something that would be mentally challenging for me. I also knew that by helping others my life would have meaning, and medicine was a way to do that.

Tell us about your educational & professional background.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and minor in chemistry at Wittenberg University, a small liberal arts college in Ohio.  From there I went on to attend The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) to complete my MD.  I matched to my first- choice med-peds residency program at University of Kentucky where I served as med-peds chief in my fourth year.

After residency, I began my career in primary care with CHI St. Joseph Health here in Lexington. In 2023, after seven years in practice, I took a job with Family Practice Associates of Lexington where I continue to practice both adult and pediatric primary care full time.

What are your interests outside of medicine?

I’ve recently rekindled my first love by taking dance classes each week.  I danced from first grade through college and periodically in med school.  The arts used to be a big part of my life, and I’m hoping to get back to that. I also enjoy doing anything with my two sons and husband.  We are currently in the world of Cub Scouts which has been very educational for me as I have always been a very “indoor girl!”

Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
I joined KMA last year at the urging of my employer.  I had been a member during residency but was not aware of what LMS offers.  I participated in the med student career night last fall which was an opportunity for reflection and generativity.  I’m glad to be a part of a group of physicians caring for the Bluegrass region and I hope to forge connections with other members.