Samuel Jerome King, MD, has deep roots in the mountains of eastern KY. He grew up in Pike County, graduated from Belfry High School and attended college at Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, KY, and Pikeville College, Pikeville. Medical school took him to the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine in Lexington. He also completed a research fellowship with the Department of Family Practice at the University Of Kentucky Medical Center.
He currently serves as faculty at the University of Louisville (UofL), the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) as a clinical professor.
Dr. King has received countless honors and awards and played an active role in multiple clubs but says his greatest reward comes through his patients.
“My favorite part of being a family medicine provider is taking care of my patients and giving them the best service that I know how to provide,” said Dr. King.
He knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a doctor. “When I was in the fifth grade, I always liked science and math,” said Dr. King “I had an innate feeling of wanting to help people and make them feel better.”
Dr. King says he is and always has been committed to practicing in the region.
“You can go away and get educated, but you need to come back home and help make things better for the people that you grew up with and that you know in the community,” he said. “I never wanted to go anywhere else. These mountains are home. It’s great to visit other places but you always want to come home. At the end of the day, I feel like I made a difference for the people here.”
Dr. King says he feels like his patients know that he appreciates their trust and they feel confident in the level of care he provides. He is also confident that PMC will be a great home for his practice, his staff and his patients.
Dr. King added, “PMC has always been on the cutting-edge of technology and advances. It was a little community hospital when I first came and I have had the privilege of contributing, somewhat, to the regional medical center that PMC is today.”
Throughout his career, he has held multiple roles at PMC. “I have probably chaired every committee at one time or another including the primary care committee, for 20 years I chaired the pharmacy and therapeutics committee, I served as Chief of Staff for three terms and was part of the executive committee for six years,” said Dr. King.
With the addition of Dr. King, PMC has created a new clinic for him, his staff and patients.
“In my new office patients can expect the same familiar faces they have seen every time they visited before,” he said.
The entire staff will be joining PMC, along with Dr. King, providing the same warm, friendly family attitude his patients have grown accustomed to.
“My plan is to continue providing the absolute best care available for my patients and introducing them to new medications, technology, lifestyle changes and counseling to improve their quality of life,” added Dr. King.
When not working, he enjoys spending time with his three adult children and nine grandchildren, cooking, creating oils on canvas and continuing a life-long family tradition as a professional bluegrass musician.
Dr. King’s new office is located across the street from the PMC Clinic and parking garage in the new Primary Care Main Campus Building at 908 By-pass Road. To schedule an appointment, visit www.pikevillehospital.org or call 606-218-2221.