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Retired Danville pediatrician receives community service award

Posted at 11:39 am on Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Humility and honor are just two ways retired Danville pediatrician Dr. Larry Scott described how he felt receiving the prestigious Don Cantley Community Service Award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Pediatrics Association.

The Kentucky Chapter originally created the award in honor of Dr. Don Cantley, a former chapter president and pediatrician whose work included breakthroughs in the care of children with behavioral disorders and the founding of school clinics for children who were unable to receive appropriate medical care. care. The association launched the annual award in 2006 and Dr. Larry Scott is the 16th physician to receive the award.

Dr Scott said he always preferred being “in the trenches” to working as a researcher, but he wasn’t sure what he wanted to specialize in until he spent some time at the medicine School.

“When we were at University Hospital and at Veterans Affairs hospitals, we mostly saw people with chronic illnesses,” he said.

“We could stabilize them but we couldn’t cure them.

“In pediatrics, you knew that almost all children were going to have a full life ahead of them when they came out. It was a much happier climate.

He also noted how the practice of medicine has changed throughout his nearly 50 years as the head of a practice.

“When I arrived in town, I didn’t know anyone. No friends or family,” he said. “I had only met a few of the doctors at the hospital.”

He said his initial support came from a hospital administrator who was keen to have a pediatrician nearby for the first time.

“The nursing staff were willing to learn new techniques,” he said.

“Before I arrived, if a baby was in distress, he would do what he could and then try to get him to Lexington as quickly as possible. Even with the support of the hospital, his first year at the head of his cabinet was tough. My wife and I came from farming families with no financial resources. There was a bank president who is still my friend today who started me on my freshman year. Things picked up speed and I had my first partner after a year, which spread the workload.

He mentioned how technology changed the field of medicine during his career. One of the biggest changes brought about by technology has been in the treatment of cancer.

“Half of patients with acute leukemia died 50 years ago,” he said. “Now in some cases 95% are cured.”

He thinks it’s now more difficult for new doctors to start practicing solo due to increased government and insurance regulations. The field also has a different face now than when he entered it.

“In my class, 7% of the students were girls,” he said. “Today, it’s more than 50% women.”

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