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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Howard Dorton, M.D., a prominent general surgeon in Lexington in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, recruited the father of Mike, Andy, and Woody to come to Lexington. Andrew Sr. had a distinguished practice in Lexington and was president of the Lexington Medical Society, president of the Southern Medical Society and president of the South Eastern Plastic Surgery Society.

Mike, Andy, and Woody spent their careers in Plastic Surgery in Lexington as private practitioners. Mike is the only one who currently remains in practice, and Andy and Woody have retired. All three completed a traditional plastic surgery program, which required five years of general surgery and then residency in plastics. Woody interned at the University of North Carolina, and then spent two years in the Army to satisfy the Berry Plan. Andy trained in general surgery at Charlotte Memorial Hospital and completed his plastics residency at Vanderbilt. Mike completed his general surgery residency at UK with Ward Griffin, M.D., Chief of Surgery, and then also completed his plastic surgery residency at UK.

Mike Moore’s son, Evan Moore, will finish a plastic surgery residency at UK on June 30, 2019. He is then scheduled to start a 6-month cosmetic surgery fellowship in Louisville. He  plans to join the practice with Mike and Joe Hill, MD.

Joe Hill, MD.  has been a member of the Moore’s plastic surgery practice for a few years. When Andy Moore was actively practicing plastic surgery, Joe had the opportunity to shadow Andy quite a bit. Mike believes this might have influenced Joe’s decision choose plastic surgery. Joe is married to Andy’s daughter.

The Moore family not only brings a tremendous medical legacy to the medical profession, they have been uniformly responsible for increasing the expertise and presence of plastic surgery in Lexington and Kentucky, starting with their father, Andrew. When  Andrew started his plastic surgery practice in Lexington, his was the second such practice in Kentucky. Andy, Mike, Woody and their father Andrew, have contributed greatly to plastic surgery in Lexington, and as many of us know, Andy is responsible for developing Surgery on Sunday in the St. Joseph Health System. Citizens of Lexington and central and eastern Kentucky are uniformly better off with the influence the Moore’s have made upon the practice of plastic surgery in our region.   

I have known Lexington plastic surgeons Woody, Andy and Mike Moore most of my medical career.

Woody and I often hunted quail with other medical colleagues. During our hunting expeditions, Woody would tell me “Moore Stories” (my emphasis). I vowed  someday to tell a short story of this family’s medical careers in the heartland of America. Andy has retired from plastic surgery and Woody has retired and moved to North Carolina. Mike and I have become friends in the last few years as our offices are on the same floor at St, Joseph Office Park near St. Joseph Hospital. Mike kindly shared his family story with me.

This story starts with the first physician in the Moore family, Bernie (see picture). Bernie was the older brother of the grandfather and great uncle of Andy, Mike, and Woody Moore. Bernie went to medical school at the University of Virginia. He was born about 1871, and he completed a surgery residency at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He was Professor of Children’s Medicine and Obstetrics at Washington University in St. Louis and died of pneumonia unexpectedly in 1911. He was the oldest of the Moore siblings during this era.

Mike’s grandfather, Sherwood Moore (also known as “big daddy”), was born in 1880 and was  Bernie’s little brother. Sherwood was the youngest of the 9 children. He graduated from Washington University Medical School and completed his residency in Obstetrics.


He went into private practice until about 1913. He needed money to get married, so in 1914, he signed on with a Belgian diamond company and went to the Belgian Congo to practice medicine for the employees of the diamond company. World War I broke out, and he eventually made it back to St. Louis. Thereafter, he completed a radiology residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Following his residency, he served as Professor of Radiology at Washington University from 1930 to 1949. Sherwood is the father of Andrew Moore, who was the father of Andy, Woody, and Mike Moore of Lexington.

Andrew Moore Sr. was born in 1924 in St. Louis and grew up there. He was attending medical school in St. Louis when World War II broke out. He attempted to join the Army and was rejected, as he was thought to have tuberculosis. His radiologist father had determined earlier that this was histoplasmosis scars, and he was finally taken into the Army. After the Army, Andrew completed a plastic surgery residency in Valley Forge Pennsylvania towards the end of World War II. He had a close friend at Valley Forge, Joe Murray, M.D.,  who was exceptionally talented in tissue management and became a Nobel Prize winner for his work in renal transplantation.  


Robert P. Granacher, Jr., MD, MBA practices clinical and forensic neuropsychiaty in Lexington and Mt. Vernon, KY. He is a noted scientific author and past president of the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association. He is currently president-elect of the Lexington Medical Society and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.