Category Archives: The Medical Perspective

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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A pro – in sports and sports injuries

Brian Kern knows about sports injuries. He had his share as a Division I pitcher at Saint Louis University and later in the Oakland A’s organization. Now, as Paducah’s only fellowship-trained arthroscopic surgeon, Brian Kern, M.D., treats plenty of them, … Continue reading

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What I want to be ‘when I go up’

The path for obstetrician-gynecologist Brad Housman, M.D., seems to have been set long ago. His father, Lloyd Housman, M.D., practiced the same medical specialty in the same city at the same hospital – obviously an influence even for a little … Continue reading

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Use C-A-T to get along with your doctor

If you’ve ever wondered how to pick your doctor or get the most from your doctor-patient relationship, we’ve asked the veteran for helpful advice. Patrick Withrow, M.D., chief medical officer at Western Baptist, was in private practice 25 years, so … Continue reading

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Help for what ails you most

Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the deadliest health threats in our area, but can you guess what health concern affects more people? Think about your last family reunion or church social. You won’t have to remember many conversations until … Continue reading

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You’re a what? Is that a doctor?

Perhaps one of Dr. Ben Thompson’s biggest challenges is explaining what he does. Dr. Thompson is one of 10 hospitalists at Western Baptist Hospital. Although hospitalists have served our patients since 2009, it’s still not a word that rolls off … Continue reading

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