Sen. Ralph Alvarado awarded Lexington Medical Society’s Jack Trevey Award for Community Service

Senator Ralph A. Alvarado, M.D., was awarded the Lexington Medical Society’s highest physician honor earlier this month at their dinner meeting at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The Jack Trevey Award for Community Service recognizes a Lexington Medical Society member who performs outstanding service by direct involvement in the community beyond their role as a physician. Robert P. Granacher, Jr.,...

Rural Blog: Cancer death rates rising in Appalachia; six Kentucky counties among highest in study

In poor counties with high rates of obesity and smoking cancer death rates rose by about 50 percent from 1980-2014, says a study by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While cancer mortality rates declined 20.1 percent during the study period, death rates remain high in some rural...

American Medical Association calls gun violence a public health crisis, endorses background checks

The American Medical Association, led by a Kentucky emergency-room physician, declared gun violence a public-health crisis last week and endorsed waiting periods an background checks for purchases of all firearms, not just handguns. “The AMA, the country’s largest doctor group, also vowed to lobby Congress to overturn a decades-old ban on gun violence research by the Centers for Disease...

AMA calls for ban on advertising of prescription drugs to patients, says ads fuel escalating prices

The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on advertising of prescription drugs to patients, saying “a growing proliferation of ads is driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives.” (FDA photo) The vote by the nation’s leading organization for physicians also reflects “the role that marketing costs play in fueling...

Lexington’s Dr. Steven J. Stack takes reins
of nation’s largest physician’s organization

Dr. Steven J. Stack, an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, has been sworn in as the 170th president of the American Medical Association.   Dr. Steven J. Stack Stack, who is the organization’s youngest president in the past 160 years, is also the first emergency physician to be named president. He follows another Lexington physician, Dr. Ardis Lee Hoven, who led the nation’s largest...

Lexington’s Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven inaugurated as president of American Medical Association

Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, has been sworn in as the 168th president of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization.   During her presidency Hoven will focus on the AMA’s three strategic areas: improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education and enhancing physician satisfaction...