Can individuals make a difference? They sure can. A big difference.
The host of The CommonHealth of Kentucky is a living example of his firm belief that an individual can make a difference in his community and his profession.
Dr. Wayne Tuckson organized the African-American Health Initiative to improve the health status of blacks and the underprivileged in Louisville and Kentucky. His work has resulted in an annual conference on cancer in the African-American community and the production of the television show Louisville Health, which he hosts. In the fall of 2005, the show expanded its scope and became Kentucky Health. The series airs regularly on KET (see broadcast schedule).
A native of Washington, DC, Tuckson is a graduate of Howard University and the Howard University College of Medicine. He completed an internship in Ob-Gyn at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri and a residency in general surgery at Howard University Hospital. He then completed both research and clinical fellowships in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a year as a clinical associate.
Tuckson returned to Howard as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He later joined the faculty of the University of Louisville College of Medicine in the Department of Surgery. Today, he specializes in the full breadth of colon and rectal surgery at Kentuckiana Colon and Rectal Surgery in Louisville, a practice he founded.