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Pikeville Medical Center
911 Bypass Road
Pikeville, KY 41501

Phone (606) 218-3500
Speciality Critical Care
Degrees M.D.
Areas of Expertise
  • Critical Care

About Dr. Mehl

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Judson Mehl, DO, critical medicine.

Dr. Mehl received his Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He earned his medical degree from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg.

He completed an anesthesiology residency at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

Dr. Mehl went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, specializing in critical care medicine.

He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in critical care medicine and anesthesiology.

Dr. Mehl began caring for patients at the young age of fifteen when he joined the local volunteer rescue squad near his home in Richmond, Va.

“I found that I thoroughly enjoyed EMS [Emergency Medical Services] and continued to volunteer throughout high school,” he said. “I spent my summers earning a little extra money working as an EMT [Emergency Medical Technician] at King’s Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Va.”

Before college Dr. Mehl spent a year working for Amelia Ambulance Service in Blackstone, Va., where he obtained his certification as a paramedic. He attended classes during the week and spent nights and weekends working as a paramedic for Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) to pay for tuition costs.

“I grew to love working in EMS, something I very much miss to this day,” explained Dr. Mehl. “I maintained my paramedic certification until very recently as a reminder of the journey which has brought me here.”

He would even drive home on weekends while in medical school to work for RAA or volunteer for the local volunteer rescue squad.

“I have come to realize that there are no braver men and women than those that put on a uniform every day to protect and serve others,” he said. “My friends in police, fire and EMS are some of the most amazing people I have had the great fortune of knowing, and I tip my hat to them.”

His greatest mentors have been his parents.

“From a working-class background, my parents instilled in me a sense of duty to my fellow man and the values of hard work, honesty and integrity,” said Dr. Mehl. “They have supported me through some of my darkest days, always reminding me that service to others is one of the greatest gifts one can give.”

Dr. Mehl chose to work at PMC because the Appalachian region made an impact on him as a young man.

“Spending so much of my young life in Virginia, I had the occasion to visit the Appalachian region frequently, and I fell in love,” he said. “I knew I would return to the region one day to give back what I could.”

Dr. Mehl is happy with his chosen career.

“I have the opportunity to touch people’s lives in ways which most others cannot, and I believe that is to be cherished,” he explained. “I often get to meet people in high-stress and frustrating times. However, through understanding, empathy and compassion we can help to make these times a little more palatable by doing everything in our power to heal, relieve suffering and provide comfort and support.”

When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Mehl spends a lot of his free time in nature.

“I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, and the occasional attempt at cooking,” he said. “When time allows, I also like to escape to the beaches of the Alabama gulf.”

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