At Lexington Diagnostic Center, We Love Our Doctors…

Dr. Privett Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRIWhen you hear the word doctor, your mind naturally goes to those physicians with whom you interact – your family doctor, cardiologist, even the physician who treated you in the emergency department.

Patients don’t often realize that there are many other physicians involved in their care; doctors they never see. In celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30, we wanted to celebrate our three physicians by pulling back the curtain on these highly trained and dedicated specialists.

George Privett, M.D.
Dr. Privett received his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and served as Chief of Neurology at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Dr. Privett is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Neuroimaging, American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association and Lexington Medical Society. He practiced Clinical Neurology and Neuroimaging from 1974-1998; currently practices Neuroimaging and is the Medical Director and owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center & OPEN MRI.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Slaton, Texas

Q. What extracurricular activities did you participate in in high school/college?
A. I played football in seventh grade. After that I was in the Slaton High School Marching Band and was Drum Major my senior year. I marched with the Texas Tech Red Raider Marching band 2 years.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. For as long as I can remember

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A. Through neurology. When CT scanning came along and allowed the amazing pictures of the brain.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. A travel photographer.

Q. What do you like about your job?
A. I like radiology because of the amazing, non-invasive things it can show inside the body.

Q. Tell us a little about your family.
A. I have an amazing blended family and everyone gets along very well. My wife, Nawanna, is a brilliant educator and is sitting for the second term on the Kentucky State Board of Education.

Q. What are your past-times or hobbies?
A. Photography. I love the colors that abound in nature. Singing, particularly classical. I love the way harmonies, melodies and counterpoints come together to make a great song.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. Lexington, Ky.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. At LDC there is a culture of friendliness, cooperation and team playing, with the emphasis on the patient, who comes first.

Robert Pope, D.O.
Dr. Pope is a board-certified radiologist fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology. He completed his residency at Michigan State University, and is a graduate of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Pope served in the Air Force and practiced at Joint Base Balad-Air Force Theater Hospital Iraq where he was Chief Radiologist. He served as staff radiologist at Eglin Air Force Base where he was the director of MRI and Mammography Services. Dr. Pope is experienced in all aspects of medical imagining with an interest in musculoskeletal MRI and joint and epidural injections.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Lexington

Q. What school did you attend?
A. Henry Clay

Q. What extracurricular activities did you participate in in high school/college?
A. Wrestling team at Henry Clay. Helped cultivate a competitive spirit. We didn’t get ribbons for participation.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. As a young kid.

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A.  It was a good combination of diagnostic challenges and getting to work with really all branches of medicine.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. BBQ Pit Master

Q. What do you like about being a radiologist?
A. Getting to make diagnoses and help people on their way to treating their conditions.

Q. What are your past-times/hobbies?
A. Golf, fishing, music. I find them relaxing.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. On a boat.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. We save patients money.

Jason Harris, M.D.
Dr. Harris is a board-certified radiologist, fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology. He completed his radiology residency at University of Cincinnati and earned his medical degree at University of Louisville. Dr. Harris completed his musculoskeletal fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. He is experienced in all facets of radiology with an emphasis in musculoskeletal MRI and epidural steroid injections.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Louisville, Ky. I attended St. Xavier.
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t a consideration. I became serious about becoming a physician in college.

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A. The American Board of Radiology administered the oral board examination for the entire country every spring in Louisville for over 35 years. My mom and I both worked the examination, and I got a chance to know some of the best radiologist in the country. It was always a field that I was interested in practicing.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. A teacher, probably in high school.

Q. What do you like about being a radiologist?
A. Radiology is one of the most challenging fields in all of medicine. You really have to have a strong knowledge base in many different areas of medicine in order to communicate with referring physicians and participate in taking care of patients. I love to learn, and I learn something every day in radiology.

Q. Do you have any past-times or hobbies?
A. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising/outdoors, reading, fishing and traveling.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. Right here in Kentucky. I have traveled all over the world, and have lived in five different states. The more I travel, the more I realize how special Kentucky is to me, and it is where my family lives.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. LDC provides imaging services to our community at an affordable cost. The health care industry has made it difficult for imaging centers like LDC to survive. I am proud to be part of the LDC team, who strive to treat our patients like family.