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Jan. 5th – Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of KY

Posted on Jan 4, 2023

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, January 5th, at the Mane on Main, Chase Bank building on Main St. The program’s guest speaker was  Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of Public Health, Commonwealth of Kentucky.

This meeting was also be on Zoom. For the Zoom link please email, trafton@rotarylexky.org.

If you would like to have lunch, please contact Jenny@rotarylexky.org to reserve your meal.

It is perhaps not necessarily a good thing when the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health is somewhat of a celebrity.  However, that is the situation today’s speaker, Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP, finds himself in, the result of his appointment to that position by Gov. Andy Beshear in February, 2020, just in time to greet a pandemic!

For more than twenty years Dr. Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. In 2006, he became the first emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the youngest AMA president since 1854.

Dr. Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, with more than eighteen years of emergency medicine administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

In 2018, Dr. Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures on healthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the physician executive MBA program and to both physician and non-physician healthcare leaders enrolled in executive education programs.

Dr. Stack has focused experience in health information technology (IT), a field in which he is a nationally recognized advocate.  Other areas of expertise include emergency department and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and regulation and healthcare anti-trust issues. Dr. Stack has extensive experience in policymaking and advocacy at federal, state and county levels and before legislative bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He also is a skilled public spokesperson and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where he was a Henry Bean Scholar for classical studies. He returned to Ohio to complete medical school and emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University before moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice. In 2006, Dr. Stack and his family relocated to Lexington. In December 2017 he completed his MBA at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business.

A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Stack resides in Lexington, is married and the proud father of one daughter. In his leisure time, Dr. Stack enjoys the study of classical Greek and Roman history, United States presidential history, photography and traveling with his wife and daughter.

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