real LIFE

with Dr. Jordan Prendergast, Lexington Clinic Veterans Park

Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a farm in western Kentucky in Hopkinsville.

What brought you to Lexington Clinic?
I have lived in Lexington since graduating from high school and have always known about Lexington Clinic and desired to be a part of such a prestigious organization.  For the past 7 years, I have been working in a community health center and was ready for a change. As a resident in the Veterans Park area for the past 10 years, I was very excited when the opportunity arose to practice medicine not only in my community but with Lexington Clinic.

What made you want to become a physician?
When I was 14 my brother was in a car accident that left him in a coma for more than a week and, subsequently, in acute rehab for 2 months from a closed traumatic brain injury. With the help of his physicians not only is my brother alive and well, but he is a high school teacher that is married with his first child on the way. I was forever changed by what a doctor and modern healthcare care can do for a patient.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am an avid runner and reader and have ran two mini-marathons in the past year with plans to complete a full marathon in 2017. I love reading almost anything that is for fun only. I have 2 sons, ages 10 and 7, both with busy extracurricular activity schedules that involve the sport of the season - typically baseball, basketball and flag football.

What is the moment in your career that stands out the most to you?
The first time someone addressed me as Dr. Prendergast. I had the realization that I have the privilege and responsibility for each patient’s life. I strive to keep that in mind everyday that someone calls me doctor.

What about practicing medicine brings you the most joy?
Every year for Christmas, one of my illiterate patients sent me a card. She would only sign her name. Because of the impact that I had on her and her family, she took the time to send it. My love for Family Medicine stems from being a part of the family and community which I serve.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career or life?
My father, who was a medical malpractice plaintiff attorney, was my greatest advocate. He was my steady encouragement throughout my youth, college and medical school years. He provided sound advice and a voice of reason when I needed it. He always said, "Even lawyers need doctors too - just be a good one.”

What is one thing your patients would be surprised to find out about you?
I secretly love McDonalds. I encourage healthy diet and exercise to all my patients, but Big Macs are delicious—in moderation!