Celebrating an anniversary with lots of birthdays

Picture a little girl with a dream. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since I was little. I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else.”

Then she grows up to realize her dream, only to end up caring for other little girls and boys with big dreams.

That’s Liz Cobern McGregor, M.D., who is nearing her one-year anniversary as a Paducah pediatrician.

“There is a group of newborns I started following when I first started practice here, and now those same patients are coming up on their one-year birthday. It has been neat to watch them grow over the past year and to get to know their families.”

Family is important to Dr. McGregor, a Lexington native. First, there’s her husband, Jonathan, and their two yellow labs, Huck and Gunner, whom she admits are “spoiled rotten.”

She met Jonathan, now an anesthesiologist, when they were students at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. “My husband is from Marshall County, and we wanted to be near family. We started looking for jobs in western Kentucky, and we both found practices we love at Western Baptist.”

Then, there’s the larger family of friends – from UK (“I’m a huge UK Wildcat fan”) – and colleagues. With four other pediatricians, she’s part of The Pediatric Group of Paducah.

“I didn’t know until close to the end of medical school that I wanted to be a pediatrician. I loved all of my rotations from surgery to psychiatry. But at the end of the day, the thing I enjoyed most was interacting with kids and their families.”

She chose to stay at UK for her pediatric residency, where she served as an instructor and chief resident. She also won “resident of the year” awards from gastroenterology, nephrology and endocrinology. She created a pediatric asthma clinic and worked in the “Walking Works” program for overweight and obese children.

See Dr. McGregor’s article on children’s respiratory illness at:

http://www.westernbaptist.com/staticfiles/westernbaptist/left-navigation/hospital-publications/healthsource/HSFall2011.pdf

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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