COMPASSION IS WHAT SUSTAINS ME: CAROL COTTRILL

It seems so fitting that Carol Cottrill’s medical specialty is the hearts of children - both physical and emotional. Her career path began when her 4th child was born with congenital heart disease.  Growing up on a family farm, she learned to balance compassion and necessity, a skill she would use in caring for her daughter and later during 18 years as medical director of UK’s pediatric ICU. Her daughter’s illness introduced her to wonderfully compassionate doctors and nurses who….

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SUSTAINING AN ALTRUISTIC SPIRIT: TERRY BARRETT

Terry Barrett is Chief of the Gastroenterology Division of the Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He came to Lexington in 2013 from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.  Becoming a Doctor.   Although there were no doctors in his family, he always felt a parental expectation of excellence and high achievement. He had a poor impression of the competitive nature of pre-medical education he witnessed among his peers.

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them. We were indoctrinated in medical school in the non-directive interview. I would try my best to listen and decide if they needed reassurance, referral or a prescription. It was sometimes awkward when patients were deeply emotional, but I felt flattered that they trusted me that much. I had to rise to the occasion. Sometimes I got behind in my schedule as a result. If they brought up their faith, I would try to reinforce it to help their condition, whatever religion or beliefs-with-out bringing my beliefs in.”


Relationships with colleagues

Cary says “I always tended to be a little self-critical and ask ‘what did I do wrong’ when things didn’t go well. I always wondered what I could do better. I think the nurses appreciated that. When I asked colleagues a patient management question, I tended to remember those answers better than anything I read in a book.”


Cardiologist Dennis Kelly MD says "Cary is very kind hearted. When he was with a patient, he took whatever time was needed to listen. I never heard him complain about a patient being too demanding."


Cardiologist Jamie Jacobs MD says, “Cary is a physician’s idea of a physician- compassionate, knowledgeable, caring and giving. He would always take whatever time was needed to provide the best patient care. The first and last patient of the day got the same quality of expertise. In all his years at the clinic, he always maintained a very contemporary approach, always keeping up with current diagnostic and treatment guidelines. We all admire him as a physician and a gentleman. In a word - superlative!”


Endocrinologist Tom Goodenow MD says, “Cary is the most competent physician I’ve ever met. He made hospital rounds both morning and evening and kept up-to-date so he could provide the best care to patients. It’s hard to express how much his patients praised him. The staff worshipped the ground he walked on. His was also the only office messier than mine.”


Cardiologist Allen Cornish MD says, “A few years ago I was privileged to give a talk about Cary at both his retirement reception and when we established the Cary Blaydes Resource Center. I had asked nurses at St Joseph to send comments to me. They talked about Cary's ability to heal patients by just listening and looking and making changes in their care, not with technology but by just knowing what was needed. This only comes from a caring physician. When we covered him on weekends we often found that he had called the nurses to check on his patients even before we made our rounds. I don't think it was because he didn't trust us. It was because he cared so much about them he had to know how they were doing and make his own little tweaks to their care. I still think about what Cary would do in situations where I get frustrated and impatient. I always feel he is watching over my shoulder.”


Ardis Hovan MD, infectious disease specialist, AMA past president and current chair of the World Medical Association, says “As a kind, compassionate physician and a cardiologist, Cary was always willing to care for those sometimes very aged patients with multiple medical issues. His patients adored him. I know personally because he provided care to my mother for many years with patience and always a sense of what was needed and what was not. As a colleague, I always knew that he would answer my questions thoughtfully. Somehow he knew every piece of new information about a condition or a treatment. He was an encyclopedia!”


Oncologist John Cronin MD says simply, “Cary Blaydes is the finest physician I’ve ever knownv- the most compassionate and the best informed. He is the personification of the Norman Rockwell image of the caring physician.


Advice to prospective medical students

Cary says, “There will always be a real need for doctors. You will always be needed and be financially secure. It is extremely satisfying because you are helping people. Always focus on working with people and choose a specialty that makes you happy.”


At age eighty-eight, Cary Blaydes continues to attend grand rounds at UK and teach medical students at Salvation Army’s UK Student-Run Free Clinic. Students and patients alike continue to see the best in medicine from this heart doctor with a kind heart.

Growing up on a busy farm in rural Virginia, milking cows before and after school every day, Cary Blaydes assumed he would grow up to become a farmer. When his father convinced him to consider medicine instead, his goal was to go back home as a general practitioner and help the people he grew up with. Luckily for Central Kentucky, his plans changed.


Medical training

Dr. Blaydes graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical School and completed a two-year rotating internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After two years in the U.S Navy and two more years as an internal medicine resident (Rochester), he returned to UVA for further training in internal medicine. His work on the cardiology rotation caught the eye of the chief, who convinced him to take a cardiology fellowship. Though he still had an urge to return to a rural area as a general internist, he recognized that maximizing his cardiology training would require an urban setting. And although he liked academics, after a year as instructor in the UVA cardiology section, he knew he preferred working with patients over academia and research.


Why Lexington?

Several physicians Dr. Blaydes had trained with in Charlottesville and Rochester gave him good reports of their experience joining Lexington Clinic. He saw this as a middle ground between academic medicine and solo-practice. Like many Lexington Clinic physicians, he served as a primary care physician for a panel of patients and also

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served as a cardiology consultant. He did this for forty-six years (1964-2010) until his retirement at the age of eighty-one.


On being a physician

Cary says “I always considered it a privilege and an honor to help in people’s illnesses. At the end of the day, regardless of how busy I had been or how hard I had to work, I always felt there was something good I had done that day, something worthwhile. The satisfaction of helping people was the most important thing. I’d occasionally get discouraged but still, most of the time, feel like I had done something worthwhile. I think one becomes addicted to wanting to help people and make sacrifices along the way. It became a way of life. Despite all the computer and technology help from the nurses at the clinic and the hospital the last few years, at age eighty-one, it was just too much to keep up with the computer-based record keeping.


On the doctor-patient relationship

“The most important thing for me was doing the best I could for the patient. I was interested in the patients as people. That was the hardest thing about retiring. It is very satisfying to help people. Patients sense when you want the best thing for

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Dr Patterson chairs the Lexington Medical

Senator Alvarado earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Loma Linda University (California) in 1990, and then went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine in 1994. He completed his medical residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky in 1998. Society's Physician Wellness Commission and is certified in Physician Coaching. He is on the family practice faculty UK College of Medicine and teaches nationally for Saybrook School of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, DC). After 30 years in private family practice in Irvine KY, he now operates the Mind Body Studio in Lexington, where he offers integrative mind-body medicine consultations specializing in mindfulness-based approaches to stress-related chronic conditions and burnout prevention for helping professionals. He can be reached through his website at www.mindbodystudio.org