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Pain and chronic conditions, like diabetes, go hand and hand in Kentucky like heart and lung disease.

Our exploration into the physicians, providers, and clinicians who treat patients suffering with chronic pain and co-morbidities from poor health continues in this issue of MD-Update. What we found was a group of Kentucky and Southern Indiana physicians and providers who are meeting the challenge. I invite you to read their stories in the following pages.

Nutrition & Health

I’m a chronic shopper at the Lexington Farmer’s Market. No matter what the season, spring, summer, or fall, I go to the Farmer’s Market, whether I need to or not. In full disclosure, I have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) agreement with Elmwood Stock Farm. I’ve had one for at least five years and believe it was the best thing I’ve ever done for my family’s diet and health. To learn more about what a CSA is, please see Mac Stone’s column on page 27 in this issue.

In Memoriam

Dr. David Stevens was the personification of the servant-leader-healer. He was an orthopedic surgeon in private practice for 20 years before serving as chief of staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington. He was a founding member and board chairman of the Central Kentucky Blood Center. He was a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine; he served as president of the Lexington Medical Society; and he traveled to Eastern Kentucky with dermatologist Dr. Clifton Smith to provide a “skin and bones” clinic. Stevens was active on numerous Lexington community boards including three terms on the Lexington–Fayette Urban County Council. His accomplishments were many.

Perhaps his most lasting impact will be his profound influence and leadership in 2003–04 that led to the region’s first smoking municipal ban. Stevens passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2017.

We’re always looking for good stories to tell. Take a look at the MD-Update editorial calendar and contact us. What’s your story?

All the Best,Gil Dunn, Publisher

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