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News – November 2023

LOUISVILLE Lindsay Snow, MD, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Snow is board certified in family medicine as well as medical acupuncture and has special interests in women’s health and LGTBQ+ medicine. She is also a certified lactation counselor.

Snow comes to the Baptist Health Medical Group after training at the UofL School of Medicine and completing a family medicine residency in St. Louis.

B. Arayo Sokan, MD, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Sokan specializes in primary care and is a member of the American College of Physicians. He trained at the UK College of Medicine and was an internal medicine resident at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Conor O’Neill, MD, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. He is a primary care specialist with certifications from the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. O’Neill trained and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the UK College of Medicine.

Samuel Walling, MD, has joined Baptist Health as a colorectal and general surgeon, offering compassionate, patient centered care. He specializes in minimally invasive colorectal and general surgery procedures, including surgery to treat colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, and anal fistula, as well as gallbladder surgery and hernia repair.

Walling trained at the UofL School of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at the UK Albert B. Chandler Medical Center and the UK Good Samaritan Hospital. He also completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at both UK hospitals.

Madeline Baker, MD, has joined the Baptist Health Medical Group and is accepting new patients in Louisville and Shelbyville. Baker specializes in OB-GYN and provides all women’s health needs, including annual wellness visits, preconception care, complete pregnancy/ postpartum care, and menopause management.

Baker trained at the UofL School of Medicine, where she was the Ryan Residency Family Planning Resident of the Year and Golden Apple award winner for teaching excellence.

LEXINGTON Calvin Ward, MD, has joined the Baptist Health Medical Group Maternal-Fetal Medicine team. Ward is available to provide maternal-fetal medicine care, from the assessment of fetal growth and well-being to the diagnosis and management of nonroutine pregnancies.

He is a graduate of the UK College of Medicine, where he completed the maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program. He completed his OB-GYN residency at Ohio State University College of Medicine/Mount Carmel Hospital, where he served as administrative chief resident.

CHI Saint Joseph Medical Care – OB/GYN Welcomes New Physician and APRNs

LEXINGTON Katherine Foster, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – OB/GYN in Lexington. Foster hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is dedicated to a patient-centered approach and is focused on making a lasting impact on the field of gynecology and women’s health.

Foster received her BA in microbiology, graduating magna cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed a two-year research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she investigated new therapies for treatment-resistant ovarian cancer.

Colleen Honey, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – OB/GYN. Honey earned an associate degree in nursing from Bluegrass Community and Technical College and her nursing degree from Western Governors University. She earned her Master of Science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021.

BARDSTOWN CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – OB/GYN in Bardstown has added Katy Marcum, APRN, to its team of caregivers. Marcum began her career as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Flaget Memorial Hospital and brings labor and delivery, lactation, and women’s health expertise to the team.

In addition to working in labor and delivery, Marcum is also a certified lactation counselor, helping new mothers with breastfeeding.

Marcum received her BS in nursing from Midway University and her MS from Frontier Nursing University. She has had more than 12 years of experience in obstetrics, nursing and gynecology, and pain management.

Lexington Clinic Welcomes 3 New Physicians

LEXINGTON Carlos Ramirez-Icaza, MD, is board-certified in sleep medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He performs bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and indwelling pleural catheter placements in addition to providing services in complete pulmonary function evaluation including spirometry, lung volumes, diffusing capacity, arterial blood gases, and pulse oximetry. His professional interests include COPD, asthma, and intestinal lung disease. Icaza is fluent in English and Spanish.

Kory N. Brinker, DO, attended the University of Kentucky for both his undergraduate and graduate education, where he received his BS in agricultural biotechnologies and his MS in public health. He then attended the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical training. Brinker is board certified in family medicine and provides services in general family medicine, geriatric medicine, women’s, pediatrics, urgent care, and preventive medicine.

Robert Christopher Spears, MD, received his medical degree from UofL School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at UK. Spears provides consultation services in cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve surgery, including brain tumors, vascular lesions, spinal tumors, degenerative spinal disease, epilepsy, pituitary tumors, and compressive neuropathies. Spears’ professional interests include primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

Health Care Expands in Madison, Indiana, surrounding counties
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute welcomes Keith A. McLean, MD, cardiologist

Keith McLean, MD

MADISON, IN – Norton Heart & Vascular Institute welcomed Keith A. McLean, MD, cardiologist, to Norton King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison, Indiana, in the Norton King’s Daughters’ Health Downtown Medical Building.McLean is board certified in cardiology and provides specialized heart care for his patients, including education and treatment of key factors to prevent heart disease. Having a practice in Madison allows Dr. McLean to provide care close to home for patients in Jefferson, Scott, Ripley, Switzerland, and surrounding counties in Indiana.“I am looking forward to working in the Madison community and I’m excited to connect with patients from the area,” said McLean who brings 25 years of experience in cardiology to the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute team. He joins cardiologists Anil K. Sharma, MD, and Gerasimos S. Stavens, MD, in the Madison office.

Before joining Norton Heart & Vascular Institute, McLean was a cardiologist with JenCare Senior Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and was director of echocardiography at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. McLean is an associate member of the American College of Cardiology.

Interventional Pain Specialists Merges with Louisville-based Commonwealth Pain & Spine

BOWLING GREEN Interventional Pain Specialists (IPS), South Central Kentucky’s premier chronic pain practice, merged with Louisville-based Commonwealth Pain & Spine. The merger, effective August, 2023, brings together two organizations utilizing a multi-modal approach to pain management.

Founded in 2012, Commonwealth Pain & Spine serves the region with over 400 employees, including 15 physicians in 17 clinics across Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. IPS has four offices in Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Franklin and is a complementary geographic fit with Commonwealth.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Interventional Pain Specialists. This merger is a big step forward in our commitment to providing high quality pain care to the people of Kentucky,” said Kyle Young, MD, one of Commonwealth’s founding partners. “The providers and administrators at IPS will be a great addition to our growing team.”

IPS has been a cornerstone of pain management in the region for over 30 years. Daniel Reynolds, MD, Christian Unick, MD, and Eric Vessels, MD, lead the team’s five fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians, and will continue to provide patient care post-merger.

“Our merger marks an exciting new chapter for Interventional Pain Specialists,” said Unick.