Baretta R. Casey, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and College of Medicine was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), the Association’s highest achievement award for a physician who has made outstanding contributions to organized medicine and individual medical service. The award was presented to Dr. Casey at the KMA Annual Meeting on September 10, 2012 during the President’s Installation and Awards Dinner in Louisville, KY. When asked about receiving this award, Dr. Casey replied, “I am humbled by this recognition, but I would truly be remise if I did not say that this award goes to the people before me, and it belongs to my family who was at home supporting me while I did the work for organized medicine and our patients.”
Dr. Casey joined the KMA during her first year of medical school, and continues to serve in the Association to this day. She has held several leadership roles for the KMA, including President from 2006 to 2007 (only the second female in the Association’s history to hold that office) and Chairperson of the KMA Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2004 (the only female to ever hold that office). Dr. Casey was honored for her service to patients in rural communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and devotion to the practice of medicine. She has been a patient advocate since the beginning of her medical career, including advocating for women's issue in health and in the medical profession. In 1996, Dr. Casey founded the Pike County Domestic Violence Board, which developed a 'safe place' shelter for victims of domestic violence. She chaired the KMA Community and Rural Health Committee and led the Committee's work addressing issues of domestic violence at the state level. Beyond her work in the field of public health, Dr. Casey has been a local, state, and national leader in organized medicine. She currently serves as a KMA Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and serves on the AMA Council on Medical Education. Dr. Casey also serves on the National Residency Matching Program as the Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the organization’s executive committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, and is the current Chair-elect.
Dr. Casey resides at Sweeden, KY and is a native of Pikeville, KY.