At a time in everyone’s life, we come to find ourselves in a situation where the music stops, and we must go on.  The unfortunate truth about life is that the unexpected will happen. Some of us learn from it, some of us change because of it and some of us find our life’s calling because of it. The latter was the case for me.  After our dad picked us up from middle school, we spent that afternoon like we had every afternoon that month. We went to the oncology unit at the hospital, where my brother was admitted.



I remember him. I remember the man in the dark blue sarong the same way I remember the lines on back of my own hand. He was hunched over next to a column on a dirty platform at a railway station in Calcutta, India in the middle of the harsh summer sun. His hands were withered, his fingers and toes looked like tiny nubs, and he was completely malnourished and alone. He had opaque blue eyes, as if fog had taken place of his irises and pupils.



I studied insects in college; my favorite insects were the bees (I found them diligent and so helpful to humankind).  One of my favorite classes was about medical diseases caused by insects. My professors noticed my interest in the medical side of things and connected me with a professor who did clinical research. Our work focused on a clinical trial for children with intractable epilepsy and exposed me early on to patient care and patients.


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A:  “I was on the Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Board for 12 years and chaired the board for 10 years. I was appointed by Governors Paul Patton, Ernie Fletcher and Steven Beshear to this position.  I was appointed by Governor Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and completed my four- year term this year. During the past year I have been the chair of Panel A and the Vice-President of KBML. “

Q: What are your future plans? Is there another office in the KMA or AMA you seek?

A:  “I plan to seek a second term as KMA Vice-President and if successful, I plan to run as President.

Q: Do you have an accomplishment that you consider your most significant?

A:  “I am most proud of helping my patients, my fellow Kentuckians, fellow physicians and the societies through my contributions in each of these roles.”

Perhaps there will be future offices in the AMA. Perhaps Dr. Toney could challenge the Klingons for intergalactic supremacy. Regardless, for all that he has done for the profession of medicine, “May you live long and prosper!”

There is a time honored cliché: you get as much out of it as you put into it. This is true for any endeavor and it certainly pertains to organized medicine. The Lexington Medical Society (LMS) is fortunate to have had members who have been involved in all aspects of the medical profession, exceeding the routine of daily patient care and excelling in other aspects of medical practice. Dr. Dale Toney’s career has been such an example. Briefly, Dr. Toney has been LMS Vice-President 2003 and LMS President 2004; KMA 10th District Trustee 2014-2018, Chairman of the Board of Trustees 2016-2017 and KMA Vice-President 2018-present. He currently serves on the KMA Long Range Planning Commission. But, there is more!

I recently interviewed Dr. Toney during his limited free time and asked him six questions to which he graciously responded.

Q: Why did you become involved in organized medicine? Did you think of it as a professional obligation or where there other compelling reasons?

A:  “I wanted to help patients and fellow physicians. However, I quickly discovered that I could make a difference by helping other physicians improve their practices and their own health and by doing so would have a positive impact on society. Organized medicine has allowed me to work with other physicians who have similar goals and ideologies to create the biggest impact. Working together, the LMS and KMA play a tremendous role in achieving these goals and I have been proud


to be a part of these organizations and their accomplishments. “

Q: You have been more involved in the governance and structure of the LMS/KMA than most physician members. Is there a reason for this?

A:  “I found that the more I became involved, the more impact I could make on my goals outlined above (in question 1). Both organizations respected my time allowing me to contribute as I could. Both organizations provided me with excellent staff support allowing me to be efficient with my time and allowing me to make the most of contributions despite my busy schedule. “

Q: You are currently the Vice-President of KMA. Are you the also the Chair of the Board of Trustees?

A:  “I have been the 10th district trustee 2014-2018, Chair of the Board of Trustees 2016-2017 and currently KMA Vice-President.

Q: I believe you previously served on the Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Board and also on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Could you elaborate?


Thomas Waid, MD, MS, is a professor of internal medicine specializing in nephrology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1972. He received his master’s degree and medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1980.