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The View from Puncheon Creek: MEET MY DOCTOR, DR. NAVEED AHMED

Dr. Naveed Ahmed is a neurologist in Eastern Kentucky and is affiliated primarily with Pikeville Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University Health Science, Mysore, Karnataka, India; he graduated 1983 with honors.

His education includes a Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Fellowship, Stony Brook University Hospital & Medical center Residency, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Residency, and Raritan Bay Medical Center Internship Dr. Ahmed is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) Stroke Council and has been in practice for more than 35 years. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Headache Medicine, Vascular Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury Disorders. (WV State Medical License 1999 – 2018, KY State Medical License 1998 – 2018) He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Vascular Neurology, and in Neurology. Dr. Ahmed speaks six languages fluently, English, Arabic, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Urdu.

All the above tells you Dr. Ahmed is a smart, well-educated man. What it won’t tell you is what a good and decent man he is. I will. 

When an unknown condition became evermore debilitating near five years ago I knew I was in trouble. Even so I let another year slide by before seeking medical intervention. By this time I could no longer ignore the fact that there was something very wrong. My best friend Kenneth Auxier said come on it’s time to go see Doc, Doc being Dr. Charles Hardin. Doc ran an EKG, drew blood and so forth. Doc went over a list of what I could have from deadly to the bothersome. He prescribed several meds and we took a wait and see attitude. Another year passed and Doc said I want you to go see a Neurologist friend of mine for a definitive determination of your problem and how best to treat it.

Not being one for ‘doctoring’ I kept the appointment Doc had set up with trepidation. I need not have. Expecting a dour old stuffed shirt I was both surprised and relieved when a spritely, affable Dr. Ahmed entered the room. After a quick examination he said, “Young man you have Parkinson’s,” not altogether a surprise. Noting the advanced stage I was in Dr. Ahmed asked why I had waited so long to come see him. He laughed when I answered “I kept waiting for it to get better” saying, “I like you.”

Dr. Ahmed has offered to refer me to any hospital or specialist I would like to go to. At this time there are none. He has offered me DBS, a kind of pace maker for the brain. Even though this is the best treatment known I elected to wait for emerging treatments. Time will tell if this was a sound decision.

The bottom line is I could not ask for a doctor more suited to my needs or more suited to my personality. I find kindness by his demeanor and intellect by his words. God bless Paul Patton and Walter May for having the good sense to recruit this wonderful Doctor who is sorely needed here in these remote hollers. 





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