Why did you become a physician?
I was originally a pharmacist and then a graduate student in a research tract in pharmacology. I became more intellectually curious about disease states and the use of drugs to alter the pathology and to improve quality of life. I knew that I needed to become a physician to use this knowledge for diagnostic and treatment purposes which I could not do as a pharmacist. So I applied the medical school and was fortunate to be accepted.
Tell us about your educational and professional background.
My educational background begins with BS in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. I received a Master of Science in pharmacology from the University of Kentucky in 1972 and Doctor of Medicine from University of Kentucky in 1980. This was followed by residency in internal medicine, and then a fellowship in nephrology and transplantation at UK. I have been medical director of the kidney transplant program since 1985 and the pancreas transplant program since 1996. I was previously the medical director of the heart transplant program from 1992 to 2008 and the lung transplant program from 1992 to 2008. I was also medical director of dialysis from 1995 to 2008. I’m currently engaged in immunosuppression research and research regarding BK virus infection in transplant patients. I received the Distinguished Physician Award from the National Kidney Foundation in 2015.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
My interest outside of medicine include ballroom dancing with my wife, golf, waterskiing and boating, fishing, and wine collecting.
Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
I joined the Lexington Medical Society in 1997 to connect with the medical community outside of the University Medical Center setting. Membership gave me a different perspective particularly on regulation, reimbursement, and advocacy. I’ve been very honored to have served as the Society’s 2014 President and 2015 Board Chairman.