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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FRIEND TO THOSE WHO ARE AILING: DANESH MAZLOOMDOOST, MD

Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD has inherited a tradition reflected in his name itself. In his family’s native Iran, Mazloomdoost means “friend to those who are ailing.” His life in medicine seems almost preordained by his family history. His father (a U.S. trained anesthesiologist who specialized in pain management) and mother (who trained in anesthesiology in Iran and retrained in psychiatry in the U.S.) built their practice around a comprehensive mind-body approach to pain management, long before such….

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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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Why Ophthalmology?

“I got really interested in the eyes when I got glasses in the 7th grade for severe near- sightedness. I remember walking out and seeing the leaves on the trees and the bricks on the walls of buildings clearly for the first time.” He began his UK ophthalmology residency in 1978, followed by a Vanderbilt instructor position and fellowship in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He returned to UK on faculty for two years and ran a VA Hospital ophthalmic plastic clinic before going to the Lexington Clinic.


Have You Ever Been Burned Out?

 “Not really- although it would be good to change some things administratively. Some days are worse than others. But I like the work and would rather be busy. My work helping people actually makes me feel better.”


How do you recharge?

My wife and I travel often, visiting our children and grandchildren. We’ve been to China, Russia, South Africa, Europe and Peru. I went to Ecuador on a medical mission trip. I like golf. I work out at home. I hunt and fish, collect toy soldiers and carve wooden duck decoys.”


Community Service

John and his wife have been active with the Lexington Philharmonic, his wife chairing the Philharmonic Ball one year. John chaired an advisory board of the UK art museum and was part of the ‘Collectors’ group, whose members donated to the art museum and advised on art museum purchases.


John was president of the Lexington Medical Society in the 1990s and has been on the Society’s foundation board for 30 years. He was instrumental in developing the annual golf outing and has chaired that event for 30 years. The first year there were about 40 participants. This year there were 78. There have been over 90 some years. Participants pay $150 each and there are corporate sponsors, including BB&T Bank, the main sponsor for the last 29 years. The event nets approximately $25,000 annually and supports local non-profits, including- Baby Health Service, Camp Horsin’ Around, Radio Eye, Chrysalis House, Faith Pharmacy, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington Medical Society – Physician Wellness Program, Medical Student Emergency Relief Fund, McDowell House Museum, Mission Lexington, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass and Surgery on Sunday.


John has no plans to retire but knows he will have to one day. “Right now, I like work and I like what I am doing.” Many of our colleagues are inspired by a physician who can say, “My work helping people makes me feel better.”

I first met John Collins in 1978 during an ophthalmology rotation when we were in our respective residencies at UK. I liked him immediately, partly because he had just spent 6 years in primary care in rural Kentucky – a future I was planning for myself.


My Experience as His Patient

Now 41 years later, as one of his ophthalmology patients, I can say that John is never in a hurry, he sits down rather than hovering over me, performing the necessary exams and he engages in pleasant conversation. It gives me a good feeling and my experience is shared by his other Lexington Clinic patients, staff and partners.


Office Staff and Patient Experience

Patty Gilpin has assisted John in the office for over 35 years. She says, “He is patient with his patients and takes his time. He treats the staff with respect and kindness. If he’s having a bad day, he doesn’t take it out on staff or patients. He loves his patients and thinks about them all the time. He often gets behind because of getting into conversations with patients. He’s a great surgeon with a great reputation among colleagues for his plastic surgery expertise, including brow lifts, blepharoplasties, ptosis, ectropions, tear duct procedures, skin cancers around the eyes, surgical repair after skin cancer surgery and other ophthalmic plastic procedures. Patients talk about their experience and the great job he did. They love him. I was checking a patient’s vision after cataract

BY JOHN A. PATTERSON MD, MSPH, FAAFP

Deciding to be a Doctor

John’s maternal grandfather was a GP in Connersville KY and a 1903 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He died when John’s mother was 15. John’s father was a pharmacist and John was in the drug store a lot, making deliveries and helping out. He entered college at UK thinking he would be an architect. After some experiences in the hospital, he decided to go into medicine. “It was a career in which you could help people.


Anybody who goes into medicine for financial reasons is making a mistake.


I remember my father going in at 3 AM to sell a child’s father a 15 cent can of formula.


Diverse Training

After graduating from UK medical school in 1971, he went to Charleston SC for a one year surgery internship, then spent 6 years as a GP in Cadiz KY. The first 2 years were payback for a rural Kentucky medical scholarship. The other four years were for the love of it. He delivered babies, admitted to ICU/CCU and practiced the full scope of family medicine.

JOHN A. PATTERSON MD, MSPH, FAAFP

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

surgery and she began crying. She was so happy she could see again. It warmed my heart.”


Physician Partner Experience

David Kielar MD has worked with John more than 20 years. “When I first joined the practice, John invited me to his home for dinner, welcoming and including me immediately. He gives a lot of his time to several community organizations. He loves what he does and really cares for people.”