SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – After serving the Tug Valley community as a general surgeon for nearly 37 years, Dr. Rao Vempaty is putting down his scalpel. Vempaty, a native of India, is a well-respected surgeon who came to ARH in 1980, after his surgical training in Detroit, Michigan.
He felt welcomed by the people of the area and made it his home.
The talented surgeon is a U.S. citizen and loved his time in the Williamson and Tug Valley area. He said “I feel like a native of Williamson.” He is retiring to Florida, where he has several friends who have already moved to the Tampa area.
“This is home,” Vempaty said of the Williamson area. “After three years here, I knew I was going to stay at ARH.”
He raised his family here and his two daughters graduated from Williamson High School. One of them is now a doctor and the other is an attorney.
“The people have welcomed me and I love the people of the Tug Valley,” Vempaty said. “They showed me affection and respect. It is the people – that is the reason I stayed here.”
Vempaty became a tennis buff and could be seen on local courts playing with some of his friends. He still stays in shape and has fun playing tennis.
“I like it and it is stress relief too,” Vempaty said of his tennis hobby.
“Dr. Vempaty leaves a great legacy in the Tug Valley market. For almost 40 years he has dedicated time and service to our region. His work ethic and tireless hours of service that he provided to the area are unmatched,” said ARH CEO Tim Hatfield. “We wish Dr. Vempaty a well-deserved retirement. He will continue to rotate in and cover vacations in the future.”
“Dr. Todd Tom, a very experienced general surgeon, from Hazard ARH started working at Tug Valley ARH on Oct. 1st. He will be working with Dr. William Gaunt, our Chief of Surgery, to lead our Surgical Service Line at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center,” Hatfield added.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in the Tug Valley,” Vempaty concluded. “I really appreciate the love the people of this area have given me and my family.”
He said the time has “flown by” during his tenure at ARH and living in the Tug Valley area.
“I’m very thankful,” he said.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)