Category Archives: The Medical Perspective

Vote for Western Baptist Pink Glove Dance

What is it about breast cancer that makes people want to dance? Not having had breast cancer, I was afraid people would think the Pink Glove Dance was insensitive to the one in eight women affected by this disease. When … Continue reading

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Former quarterback combines love of sports with medicine

Our new sports medicine specialist Dr. Spencer Romine knows a lot about medicine AND about sports. He was a high school football star, a college quarterback and, most recently, a team physician for the Atlanta Falcons. And he once considered … Continue reading

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Impressionable Little Leaguer realizes dream as vascular surgeon

Anyone who has been a Sunday School teacher, troop leader or Little League coach may be gratified to hear Griffin Bicking’s story. Dr. Bicking, a new vascular surgeon at Western Baptist, decided to become not just a doctor, but also … Continue reading

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The hospitalist: Practicing the art and the science of medicine

Board-certified in internal medicine, Herman Lyle, M.D., appreciates the art and the science of medicine. Most of the time – he estimates 90 percent of the time – a diagnosis is pretty cut and dried. It’s the other 10 percent … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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His name is Mudd

His name is Mudd, and contrary to the old saying, that’s a good thing for the hundreds of children and their families who depend on him for healthcare. (You must read to the end to learn his connection to that … Continue reading

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Decorated veteran offers latest spine, brain treatment

Western Baptist is pleased to welcome a new neurosurgeon, Tom Gruber, M.D. He joins 30-year veteran neurosurgeon Theodore E.C. Davies, M.D., at Paducah Neurosurgical Center, creating a perfect blend of the newly-trained and the experienced to help area residents with … Continue reading

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Obstetrician bonds with families, birth after birth

As a medical specialty, obstetrics and gynecology can pose some interesting contrasts, ranging from medicine to surgery, treating the young and the old, dealing with middle-of-the-night call-outs and witnessing the joy of a new life. We asked Dennis Owens, M.D., … Continue reading

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Stroke + Cycling = Dr. Ashburn

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. … Continue reading

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Father of four cares for smallest babies

When you see Dr. Ed O’Neill in his trademark bowtie, carefully tending the tiny newborns in Western Baptist’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, you think he was born for this job. Perhaps he was, but he didn’t start out to be … Continue reading

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