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Issue 143

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Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pain and Regenerative Medicine and Mental Health

Welcome to the
Neurology, Neuroscience, Pain Medicine, and Mental Health issue of MD-Update

Our December issue always has a wide variety of topics: neurology, neurosurgery, pain and regenerative medicine and mental health. You’ll find all of them here.

Our cover story on Dr. Joseph Neimat, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at UofL, takes us into the developing world of life-altering seizure treatments. Spine surgeon Kathryn McCarthy, MD, at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center, tells us how she alleviates pain and restores function for her patients. The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass has added an addiction medicine specialist, and CHI Saint Joseph Health has added a behavioral medicine psychiatrist.

Virtual medicine is taking off at the Norton Neuroscience Institute with Drs. Abigail Rao and Justin Phillips interacting remotely with Parkinson’s patients. Regenerative medicine specialist Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD, at Wellward Medical, talks about the role of orthobiologics and joint pain relief.

Monalisa Tailor, MD, the new president of the Kentucky Medical Association, talks about her presidential platform.

Dr. Steven Stack

At the Lexington Medical Society’s November 10th dinner meeting, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the KY Department of Public Health, shared some interesting anecdotes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them: his transition from neckties to bow ties at the daily televised press conferences because he heard that some viewers were commenting on his neckwear; being recognized at McDonalds while eating with his children; and finding that being sued was part of the job (one that he preferred over armed insurrections and kidnapping).

We were so very fortunate to have a seasoned professional like Dr. Stack during a time of crisis in Kentucky.

A Stream to Follow

Our friend Jess Wright, MD, internationally known psychiatrist, researcher, author, and professor at UofL has written his first novel, entitled A Stream to Follow. It tells the story of a WW1 veteran coming to grips with the psychological trauma of war and the joy of fly-fishing. Copies are available through If you like Hemingway, you’ll enjoy A Stream to Follow.


We are working on 2023. The editorial calendar is on page 1 of this issue. I invite you to look for your specialty and contact me. If you don’t see your specialty listed, that’s even more reason to contact me.

I’m sure you have an interesting story to tell. I’m looking forward to hearing it.

Until next year, all the best,

Gil Dunn
Editor/Publisher MD-Update

Bringing the Brain Back to Former Function

Joseph Neimat, MD, chairman of UofL Health – Restorative Neuroscience focuses on restoration, research, and residency training. LOUISVILLE For Joseph Neimat, MD, MS, MBA, choosing

Generations of Care

Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass enters a new era of expanded care LEXINGTON The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass has specialized in pain

Welcome Back

Spine surgeon Kathryn McCarthy, MD, returns to Norton Leatherman Spine Center “I want to make sure people understand that I’m new to Norton Leatherman Spine

Q & A with Monalisa Tailor, MD

Norton Healthcare, KMA President 2022-2023 Please recap your education and medical training, including where you grew up and when you decided to become a physician