Stroke + Cycling = Dr. Ashburn

The Medical Perspective

When I met Joseph C. Ashburn, M.D., director of the stroke center at Western Baptist Hospital, last summer, I knew immediately he was passionate about stroke care.

It didn’t take long for me to discover his second passion – cycling.

He had an opportunity to combine the two during training at Wake Forest University, and now he’s bringing them to his hometown.

 Dr. Ashburn, a graduate of Reidland High School and Murray State University, returned home last August. “It was always my goal to end up practicing in my hometown,” he says. “I fell in love with stroke care in medical school and wanted more than anything to bring this kind of care back to Paducah.”

 Joseph Ashburn, M.D.Perfect timing

He is a board certified neurologist, with 12 years of training after high school. When he was ready to begin his medical practice, Western Baptist had reached a milestone in stroke care – becoming the only certified advanced stroke center in the area after meeting standards set by The Joint Commission.

The timing was perfect. Dr. Ashburn brought his family home and took over the stroke center.

Which brings us back to his second passion – cycling.

Spokes for Strokes Spokes for Stroke

His brainchild, Spokes for Stroke, will debut June 2 at Noble Park, when he invites cycling enthusiasts, along with stroke survivors, their families and friends, to come together for a common cause: Stroke awareness.

He will remind the riders that stroke is the leading cause of disability and third-leading cause of death. He will review risk factors – such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol – as well as symptoms.

And he hopes for a big turnout to raise funds to expand Western Baptist’s stroke care. You can register for the event and make donations at

You can get to know Dr. Ashburn and his stroke expertise a little better by listening to these videos:

 Dr. Ashburn discusses stroke in this area

 Western Baptist extends stroke care to Marshall County with robot

 Fit 34-year-old Mayfield mom treated successfully for stroke

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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  1. Pingback: Stroke survivor, 35, to speak at stroke awareness luncheon | Western Baptist Hospital

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