Dr. Scottie Day

Meet pediatrician Scottie Day: ‘Caring for the sickest of the sick’

Making the RoundsDr. Scottie Day, associate chief medical officer at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, is the featured physician in this week’s Making the RoundsA graduate of the UK College of Medicine, Dr. Day worked in Indiana, Ohio and Hawaii before returning to Lexington in 2011. He now works at KCH in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

When did you know you wanted to be a physician?

As a child growing up in Eastern Kentucky, I always wanted to be a physician. And I held true to that. I think that I always felt like I wanted to be in some type of servant position.

Why did you choose pediatrics as your specialty?

I originally couldn’t decide on a specialty and wanted to take care of children and adults, which led me to do my residency in internal medicine and pediatrics. However, as I went through residency, I realized I wanted to take care of the sickest of sick of children.

Working in the PICU gave me a chance to take care of small babies all the way up to older teenagers and even some young adults with childhood diseases. It took my internal medicine-pediatrics resident training and allowed me to use this knowledge to take care of the most critically ill. There is nothing more rewarding.

What makes you want to come to work every day?

As a PICU physician, each morning I do what I love most: take care of the sickest children and their families with an amazing team and fulfill my calling and talents that I have been blessed with. The stresses are high, but the rewards are priceless.

How would your friends describe you? 

Easygoing, friendly, talkative. Conscientious about others’ feelings, wanting to do every single thing, never saying no.

Do you have any guilty musical pleasures?

I listen to all music. I play music myself; I’ve played since I was 5 years old. Piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, drums. I listen to every single type of music.

What is your favorite aspect about living in Lexington? 

It’s got the small-town community feel, but it still has some big city pleasures. I’m originally from Kentucky, and when I moved back to Lexington, I liked being in a college town. I feel like there’s a huge sense of community here.


Watch our video interview with Dr. Scottie Day, where he talks about his patient care philosophy.


Next Steps

  • Experts at the KCH PICU take care of critically ill children with a range of medical issues, including burns, trauma injuries, and cardiovascular and neurological concerns. Learn more about our state-of-the-art services.
  • When your child is sick or hurt, you want the best care possible. That’s exactly what you get at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Learn more about KCH.
Making the Rounds with Dr. Stephen Duncan

Meet Dr. Stephen Duncan, renowned orthopaedic surgeon and avid cyclist

Making the RoundsIn our latest edition of Making the Round, we spoke with Dr. Stephen Duncan, a nationally recognized surgeon at UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.

Dr. Duncan specializes in hip surgery and hip preservation and sees patients of all ages. He’s also an avid cyclist who appreciates the importance of an active lifestyle.

What is your care philosophy when you meet a new patient?

I’m not an operate-first, meet-you-second doctor. I want to get to know you and figure out what’s the best treatment for you. And whether that’s doing medication or physical therapy or surgery, the biggest thing is getting to know you and what’s going to work for you.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?

Running and biking. I’ve been biking for 13 years. I used to bike competitively but now with the demands of being employed and having kids, I can’t really do it as much anymore. If I wasn’t a doctor, though, I’d be a bike mechanic.

Tell us about your family.

My wife is a pediatrician here at UK. We have two boys; they’re 5 and 7. The biggest challenge is trying to keep them out of the orthopaedic clinic. The best part of being a parent is that I get to be a kid with them.

What’s your favorite type of music?

Country. I lived in Nashville for eight years and it kind of grows on you there and then it finally just sinks in. You can actually hear the stories behind the music if you listen to it. It helps keep my blood pressure low.

What do you enjoy most about your work at UK HealthCare?

The biggest thing that gives me satisfaction is when I’ve seen that I was able to immediately help a patient in their life. When a patient comes in who has a lot of pain, and depending upon if we needed to operate on them or just do a simple injection, if they come back and give me a hug, I enjoy that.


Check out our video interview with Dr. Duncan below. He tells us more about the types of hip injuries he treats and why he chose orthopaedics as a specialty.


Next steps:

  • Duncan is hosting a public lecture about hip and knee arthritis on Dec. 8 at the Eastside Branch Public Library in Lexington. The event is free. Please call 800-333-8874 to reserve your seat.
  • Learn more about the comprehensive care for patients of all ages offered at UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.
Making the Rounds with Dr. Timothy Mullett

Meet Dr. Timothy Mullett, cancer surgeon – and cancer survivor

Making the RoundsGet to know Dr. Timothy Mullett, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the UK Markey Cancer Center, in our latest installment of Making the Rounds, a blog series where you’ll meet the providers at UK HealthCare.

Dr. Mullett specializes in surgical treatment for patients with lung cancer. He’s also the medical director of Markey’s Research and Affiliate networks. In addition to treating patients with cancer, Dr. Mullett is a cancer survivor himself. In 2014, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and was successfully treated at Markey.

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

It was one of those decisions I had made early on. I got sick when I was around 14 and I got used to being around doctors. I ended up getting better, but that left me with something that said, ‘This looks like a pretty cool place to spend some time.’

Who’s your favorite musical artist?

I’m a fan of country music. I’ve been listening to that for a long time. I’m a fan of modern country music: Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and now into Chris Stapleton.

My favorite part about music is that I put together this playlist. We have some friends that gather at the lake and I started to put together a playlist for when we’re on our boat. We’ve got my kids, some others folks and several families that are our age. Everyone contributes to this playlist that has now grown to about 780 songs. Everything from Meghan Trainor back to Eric Clapton. I love to put it on shuffle and let it go.

Describe your ideal weekend. Would it involve being on the lake?

Yeah, something on the water. Any time that I can gather with family and friends on a lake and get some water skiing in in the morning and some conversation and relaxation in in the evening. And I enjoy grilling something on the house boat.

What excites you most about working at UK HealthCare?

It’s the people we work with. The friends and contacts I’ve made here at UK are like a family, and we’re taking care of other people. We come together as a team and work together to say, ‘This is how we want to attack this problem.’ It’s great.


Check out our video interview with Dr. Mullett below. He tells us more about his work at Markey and how his own cancer diagnosis has impacted the way he cares for his patients.


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Dr. Rachel Saunders, an OB-GYN who sees patients at the UK Polk-Dalton Clinic, sat down with us for the latest installment of Making the Rounds.

Meet Dr. Rachel Saunders, OB-GYN and pizza aficionado

Making the RoundsDr. Rachel Saunders, an OB-GYN who sees patients at the UK Polk-Dalton Clinic, sat down with us for the latest installment of Making the Rounds. Saunders describes her care philosophy as preventive and helping to treat medical issues before they get worse.

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza. I like anything that’s not sausage or bacon – I love vegetables. Interestingly, I’ve tried a pizza with potatoes on it, and you’d think that sounds disgusting, but I thought it was life-changing. It’s so good.

What was the last movie you watched?

“Suicide Squad.” I don’t know a lot about the Marvel universe or comic book characters, so as the casual observer I thought it was really cool. And I thought it was well done. But again, I didn’t know a whole lot about it.

If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go?

Anywhere that has a beach – I love water. It’s very calming for me.

What’s your favorite form of exercise?

I’m really into running. I started running seriously about 2 1/2 ago, and I’m currently training for the Iron Horse Half Marathon.

Do you have a favorite sport?

I really like equestrian events. Recently I’ve been watching funny videos where it’s like a horse will get to a barrier it has to jump and say, “No, I don’t want to do it.” It’s funny to me because horses are such jerks, but they’re so pretty.  There aren’t that many other events where animals are involved. It’s really their event, and we’re just kind of there for the ride.

What was your first day of medical school like?

I remember being in this classroom with so many new faces, and I wasn’t a UK grad in terms of undergrad, so I felt like an outsider looking in. I felt like a lot of people knew each other and they were already friends. So I just remember thinking, “I hope I make some friends. Everyone looks really nice, though.” And yes, I did make friends!

How would your friends describe you?

Positive and happy. Those are the words they use the most.


Check out our video interview below with Dr. Saunders, where she discusses her care philosophy and the importance of preventive medicine.


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Dr. Matthew Bush

Dr. Matthew Bush: Giving the gift of hearing, here and around the world

Making the RoundsDr. Matthew Bush, a clinician and researcher UK Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, sat down with us for the latest installment of Making the Rounds, a blog series where you’ll get to know more about our providers.

Dr. Bush sees patients of all ages who have hearing loss. He specializes in cochlear implants, small electronic devices that can help provide a sense of sound to people who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

Describe your ideal weekend

My ideal weekend would typically start by making pancakes for my five children, one of whom is a baby who doesn’t eat solid food yet. But her four brothers certainly eat for five and maybe even 10.

The weekends are all about family time. It’s about playing soccer and football in the backyard with the kids. It’s about reconnecting with them having been gone most of the week. We’re also usually active in our church on Sundays.

What’s do you enjoy most about being a dad?

The closeness of our relationship and the things that we can do together. Just seeing them becoming young adults and being able to mentor them, whether it’s playing basketball or soccer, or it’s working on Latin, or something like that.

They’re just really great kids.

What’s the last movie you saw?

Probably Fletch, the 1980s Chevy Chase movie. It’s my favorite movie of all time. I’ve watched it thousands of times.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I’m actively involved in humanitarian mission work. Twice a year I go to Nairobi, Kenya, for 10-14 days. I’m involved in teaching at the University of Nairobi in their ear, nose and throat surgery department and engaging in some research activities with them as well as caring for patients who otherwise don’t have access to specialty care.

It takes about three or four months to prepare for each trip, so it becomes a year-long hobby, even though it’s only two weeks at a time. I go on my own time and on my own dime, but it’s worth more to me than anything. It’s really an important part of my life.

What’s your favorite place to visit in Kenya?

One of my favorite places on the planet is a little town called Nanyuki, Kenya. And Nanyuki is right at the base of Mt. Kenya, which is Africa’s second-highest peak behind Kilimanjaro. It just is one of my happy places.


Next steps:

  • Bush supports the Songs for Sound concert event, which raises funds and awareness for UK Otolaryngology and the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center. This year’s event is Nov. 6. Visit the Songs for Sound website or call 917-796-1636 for tickets.
  • Learn more about cochlear implants, including who is a candidate for the device and how they’re different from hearing aids.

Meet Dr. Aju Mathew, breast cancer specialist and history buff

Making the RoundsDr. Aju Mathew, a medical oncologist at the UK Markey Cancer Center, is featured in this week’s Making the Rounds. Making the Rounds is a Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic.

Dr. Mathew studied medicine in the United Kingdom and later in India, his home country. At the UK Markey Cancer Center, he works as part of the care team specializing in breast cancer treatment.

How would your friends and family describe you?

I think they would describe me as a very passionate person who has no hesitation voicing his opinions. I’m very passionate.

Describe your ideal weekend.

A nice sunny day where I can go out with my wife for a nice hike. I love nature and the outdoors.

What website do you visit most often?

I’m a news buff so I visit news websites a lot, but I like Facebook, too.

What’s the last movie you saw?

I saw Race. It’s a fascinating movie about Jesse Owens, an African American sprinter, and how he crossed several racial barriers and basically embarrassed the Nazis in their home territory at the Olympics. He won four gold medals.

What’s the last book you read?

I just finished a book on the history of Japan. It’s an amazing tale. Right now I’m reading a book on Eric Liddell. It’s called For the Glory. He’s an athlete – he inspired the movie Chariots of Fire, and he won the Olympic gold.

I love history.

Do you have a hobby or interest outside of medicine?

Going to the antique mall and checking out old, old newspapers. I have 1940s newspapers of the D-Day landing, and I spend time reading through them and it’s fascinating! It’s my latest hobby.

What historical or fictional character do you most identify with?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident. He went against the stream of the times and made a tough decision, which is even controversial now, by opposing the Nazi regime. He sensed what is right and he did it, even in the fact of what was happening during those times.

Fictional character? Batman.


Check out our video interview below with Dr. Mathew, where he discusses the breast cancer treatment at Markey and his patient care philosophy.


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Making the Rounds with Dr. Darren Johnson.

Dr. Darren Johnson, top-ranked knee surgeon, talks about his most important role

Making the RoundsDr. Darren Johnson, chairman of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, joined us for our third installment of Making the Rounds, a blog series where you’ll get to know what our providers are like away from the hospital.

Dr. Johnson has been seeing patients, including UK student-athletes, at UK HealthCare since 1993, and thanks to his exceptional care, recently he was named one of the 16 best knee surgeons in North America.

In his free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse, and their three children, Lauren, Kelsey and BrandonAll three Johnson children are pursing careers in medicine.

Dr. Darren Johnson

Dr. Darren Johnson

What person, real or fictional, do you most admire?

That’s a tough one because for me, you’d have to think of mentors that I’ve had. And that goes back to medical school at UCLA, residency at USC and then my fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. It’s probably just physician-mentors that I’ve had that I try to model myself after.

I’m a huge John Wayne fan, and I’m a Clint Eastwood fan, too. That’s probably it.

Do you have a favorite movie?

A favorite movie for me, personally? Probably “Braveheart.” Great movie, right? But yeah [my kids and I] go to movies a lot. I like to go to movies. Unfortunately, I don’t get to go enough.

Do you have a favorite meal or type of food you like to eat with your family?

Fortunately for my wife I’ll eat anything, but if I had to pick, growing up in Southern California, probably Mexican food.

From left to right: Dr. Johnson, Mrs. Nancy Johnson, daughters Lauren and Kelsey, and son Brandon.

From left to right: Dr. Johnson, wife Nancy, daughters Lauren and Kelsey, and son Brandon.

When you do get time off, where do you like to go?

Destin, Florida, because we’ve always gone there since our kids were little, and that’s the kids’ favorite spot. So if it’s your kids’ favorite spot, that’s your favorite spot. Pretty simple.

How would your kids describe you?

Hard worker. Expects a lot out of them. Sometimes too honest for a father – kids don’t like honesty. You know, hopefully as a great dad. That’s my most important role – being a dad.

We have a very close family.


We asked Dr. Johnson about his work with patients with sports injuries. Watch the video:


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The second installment of our Making the Rounds series, Dr. John D'Orazio talks about how he likes to spend his vacations, his favorite foods and more.

Dr. John D’Orazio takes us back to his first day of medical school

The second installment of Making the Rounds features Dr. John D’Orazio, a clinician and researcher at the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Making the Rounds is a Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic.

Making the RoundsDr. D’Orazio received his medical degree from University of Miami, School of Medicine, Miami, Fla. He then completed a Pediatrics residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. D’Orazio is of Italian descent, and he enjoys eating and cooking Italian food.

Dr. John D'Orazio

Dr. John D’Orazio

Where could someone find the most authentic Italian food in Lexington?

In Lexington? You’d have to come over to my house!

What do you like to cook yourself?

Well, the other night I made a good risotto. I make fresh pasta, and I make a sauce to go with it… Pizza – I do pizza a lot. The more toppings you can put on it and the less crust, the better for me!

Describe your ideal vacation.

So [my family and I] like nature. We like outdoors, we like hiking. I like photography. We’ve been three times up to the Yellowstone glacier. We’ve been a couple of times to Costa Rica – love it down there.

It would be a place like that, where you can just get away, you know. We like to rent a house for a week and just have a low-key time – go hiking, go fishing kind of a thing.

How would your friends describe you?

Optimistic, funny, kind.

Do you recall your first day of med school?

Yes. So I’m an MD, PhD – I’m a physician scientist. I did a kind of blended thing. But yes [I remember]. Just the great honor of sitting there and realizing that this is the beginning of a journey I followed my heart to.

You know, I’m the first person in my family to ever go to college, not even to mention med school. It was just a great honor, and I soaked it up like a sponge.


Watch this video to hear Dr. D’Orazio explain why making a connection with his patients is so important to him.


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Making the Rounds with Dr. Gregory Jicha.

Dr. Gregory Jicha dishes on his past life as a chef

Making the RoundsIntroducing Making the Rounds, a new Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic. For our first entry, we spoke with Dr. Gregory Jicha, a clinician and researcher at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Dr. Gregory Jicha

Dr. Gregory Jicha

What was the last movie/book you saw/read?

I never read books because I read medical journals, and that requires all of my time. I have not read a book for fun since I was an undergraduate. Now, what’s the last movie that I watched? I watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” with my children.

Do you have an ideal vacation destination?

Yes, any tropical island with palm trees that have coconuts. You have to pick up the fallen coconuts to knock the ones that are ripe – that’s how the locals do it!

Do you have a favorite type of exercise or fitness?

Nope. I see patients from 8 in the morning until 5 every night, whether it’s in clinic or in the research enterprise. So all of my papers and my grants have to be written after hours and on the weekends. With that being said, it’s a passion. Although, by God, I need one of those tropical vacations.

Do you have a favorite type of food that you like to eat?

I like all types of food. As a matter of fact, in a past life, I was a chef. I worked in a quaint restaurant – one of those historic landmarks – the Blacksmith’s Tavern up in Connecticut, built in 1771. It was French continental cuisine.

I also worked with a Greek family opening up a whole series of restaurants throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which I really enjoyed. You got to write the menus and not just come up with daily specials.

Do you like to cook at home?

Every now and then I have a break, and I say, “I just cannot do anymore work.” Then I ask my wife, “May I cook today?” And she says, “Oh, god.” Because I still have this habit, you know, when you work in restaurants, and especially when you’re the chef, you don’t clean up anything. You cut on the cutting board and all the scrap you just sweep with your towel! All over to the side, all on the floor, and then people sweep up after you.

So, I still cook at home that way, and my wife knows if I’m cooking for the day it’s going to be wonderful food, but she’s going to be spending two or three days cleaning up.


Check out this video to see Dr. Jicha discuss how he helps patients as both a clinician and a researcher.


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