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A Letter from Your New Editor

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I am pleased to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief of MD-Update magazine.

For the past year, I have not only been a contributing writer, but an avid reader of this publication. Consistently, I’ve found myself impressed and enlightened by the breakthroughs within the healthcare field, the cutting-edge technology available within our state, and the ongoing dedication and innovation by the doctors profiled. Previously, I served as the editor of skirt! Lexington magazine and have written for a broad spectrum of publications and organizations nationwide. Now, I relish the opportunity to spotlight the medical community for MD-Update.

My initial association with the medical profession came about in an unlikely fashion. After graduating with a degree in communications and theatre, I found my first acting gig not on the stage, but at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine where I was hired as a standardized patient. As most of you know, standardized patients serve as a training tool for medical students and residents by realistically portraying the vast scope of individuals, issues, and illnesses that healthcare professionals will encounter. Later, I went on to serve as coordinator of standardized patients. In this position, I had the privilege of working alongside physicians and faculty from a wide range of specialties. Throughout this time, I developed a deep admiration for their capabilities, commitment, and compassion.

In assuming editorship, I am thrilled to continue the magazine’s mission of connecting physicians across the specialties. I am devoted to upholding the integrity of information, visual appeal of the pages, seamless context of the images and stories, and timely content. For the future, my goal is to broaden our contributors and reader base, expand our website presence, and deepen our existing relationships.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve this community and look forward to forging relationships with each of you.

Here’s to Moving Onward and Upward,

Donna IsonEditor-in-Chief

Send your letters to the editor to:

Donna Ison, Editor-In-Chief:, or 678.772.0769

Gil Dunn, Publisher: or (859) 309-0720 phone and fax