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Aug. 13th, Dr. Mark Dougherty, Epidemiologist, Central Baptist Hospital

Posted on Aug 11, 2020

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, August 13th,  via Zoom. If you like the Zoom link  please email,  The program’s guest speaker is Dr. Mark Dougherty

On March 19 at our first virtual weekly meeting, we heard a presentation from Kevin Hall, Director of Communications, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on COVID-19.  In that presentation Kevin stressed personal hygiene (wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands), social distancing, and sanitizing frequently used surfaces as keys to curbing transmission of the disease.

Since then, our understanding of the virus and the disease has changed, including a major focus on wearing masks as a precaution against aerosol-borne viruses, hence our state and club Mask Up campaign. We’ve also learned that COVID-19 can damage all parts of the body, not just the lungs, and that it can pose a long-term threat to younger people even though it may not be fatal to them.

Our speaker this week, Dr. Mark Dougherty, will bring us up to date on what we know now about COVID-19 that we didn’t know back in March and what we still have yet to learn about this new virus.  He brings with him dual perspectives as a consulting infectious disease specialist and a hospital epidemiologist.

Dr. Dougherty graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1983, with subsequent Internship and Residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in 1986.  He completed his Infectious Disease Fellowship in 1988 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.

Dr. Dougherty, along with Dr. John Meek, founded Lexington Infectious Disease Consultants, PSC, in June 1990. He has been the hospital epidemiologist at Central Baptist Hospital from 1988 through the present, and at Continuing Care Hospital since 2005. Dr. Dougherty is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and served on the Clinical Affairs Committee from 2001 through 2006.  He is also a member of the Kentucky Medical Association.


For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at 

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