Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless Receives KMA Advocacy Award

Date of release:  August 29, 2018


Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless Receives KMA Advocacy Award;
Paducah Physician Shawn Jones, M.D., FACS Highlighted at KMA Annual Meeting

LOUISVILLE, KY —  The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) presented its inaugural Advocacy Award to Mayor Brandi Harless of Paducah during the Leadership Dinner at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.

The award is presented to individuals who have effected positive change in the healthcare space through their advocacy efforts and was established by the KMA House of Delegates in 2017. Mayor Harless has a background in global health, which includes HIV research in Sierra Leone, West Africa. As Mayor of Paducah, she has also been instrumental in expanding the smoke-free ordinance and in working to bring the “Blue Zones” project of improving community health to Paducah. The project was highlighted at the KMA Annual Meeting in 2016 with a presentation by Blue Zones Project Manager Tony Buettner.

“Mayor Harless has certainly led the way among local leaders to ensure that her community lives healthier, longer lives,” said KMA Past President Maurice Oakley, M.D.

The 2018 KMA Annual Meeting also presented the work of Paducah surgeon Shawn Jones, M.D., FACS. Dr. Jones is the author of Finding Heart in Art: A Surgeon's Renaissance Approach To Healing Modern Medical Burnout, which uses Renaissance paintings as a framework to explain how medical professionals can manage fatigue. He was a featured speaker at Saturday’s Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy and also exhibited a series of photographs at the event’s Beyond the White Coat gallery. Beyond the White Coat showcased the talents and interests of more than thirty physicians outside the clinical setting that help them reduce stress and combat burnout.

Dr. Jones is a Board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon and senior and founding member of his specialty group, Purchase E.N.T, Baptist Medical Group, Paducah, which he began in 1995.

He is also a past president of KMA and was honored with the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2016. He serves on KMA’s American Medical Association delegation and is president of the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC).



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