The Kentucky Medical Association presented its Community Service Award to Wayne Tuckson, M.D., of Louisville during the Leadership Dinner at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.
The award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to his or her community. Dr. Tuckson was selected for the creation of his Kentucky Educational Television (KET) television show Kentucky Health, a program that he also hosts. Dr. Tuckson communicates a wide range of health education topics, including various diseases, treatments, health challenges and health policy, to the population of the Commonwealth. Kentucky Health consists of Dr. Tuckson leading a discussion with a variety of guests and has been on the air for 15 years. It has received national awards for its excellent content. Dr. Tuckson is a natural in front of the camera and puts his guests and the audience at ease with his calm demeanor and ability to explain complicated medical concepts. He exudes a passion for improving the health of his community and eliminating disparities among minority populations.
“What Dr. Tuckson really tries to do, and I think he succeeds, is to make Kentucky Health feel like you have the chance to sit down with a doctor and pick his brain on any issue you are interested in,” said Laura Krueger, KET Health Producer and Outreach Coordinator. “These guys really go into detail on each topic, so you feel like you’re better educated. What’s amazing is that Dr. Tuckson is a practicing physician and has been this whole time. He’s stuck with this because he believes it’s an important service.”
Dr. Tuckson is a colorectal surgeon with KentuckyOne Health and is the current president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. He is also a graduate of KMA’s Community Connector Leadership Program and the Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute, the premier leadership training program for physicians in Kentucky.