MURRAY — Dr. John Yezerski, orthopaedic surgeon, has announced his retirement from Murray Orthopaedics at Murray-Calloway County Hospital is set for July 31.
Yezerski received his undergraduate in biology at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. After graduating, he entered the United States Army and received a master’s in physical therapy from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He spent five years active duty with the Army and nine years in the Kentucky National Guard and Army Reserve. He served as a physical therapist in the Army and rose to the rank of captain in the medical corps. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville, where he completed specialized training in hand surgery at the Kleinert Kutz Louisville Hand Associates.
He began his orthopaedic practice at MCCH in 1987 and will complete 32 years of service to the community. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He has served in many capacities over the years, including chief of staff, chief of surgery, as well as a contributing member of the credentials committee, medical executive committee and sitting on the hospital board and other committee boards and committees.
“My family has been blessed to have so many great patients and friends here in Murray. You will be missed but not forgotten as we move into the future,” Yezerski said.
He and his wife, Martha, have three children, John Eric and wife Courtney of Franklin, Tennessee; Matthew and wife Erica also of Franklin and Adam and wife Emily of Washington, DC. Their children have blessed them with eight grandchildren as well.
In his retirement, Yezerski says he wants to travel and enjoy time with their friends and family, especially their grandchildren.
In addition, two members of his longtime team will join him in retiring at the same time. Kathy Alexander, LPN/RT, has been with him since he began in Murray in 1987 and Regina Williams, office manager, has been with him since 1988.
When Williams was asked what she liked most about her job she said it has been the friendships she has made. She said she has enjoyed working with her co-workers the last 31 years and getting to serve their patients.
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Yezerski and Kathy,” she said. “Dr. Yezerski has been so gracious all these years and the best boss a person could ask for. Kathy truly has a servant’s heart and displays it every day. I consider them both dear friends. I look forward to spending more time with my grandkids and hope to do some local mission work at my church.”
Williams and husband David, have two children, Micheal and wife Jennifer of Murray and Kelsey Kennady and husband Tyler of Paducah. They also have four grandchildren, Jack, 12, Jaye, 10, Beau, 2, and Hattie, 5 months.
Alexander says she looks forward to retiring. However, she is going to still be working with Murray Orthopaedics on a PRN basis.
Kathy and husband Rickey have two children, Jeremy Ticknor and Amy Mize and husband Lannie. They have four grandchildren, Tristan, 22, Kade, 17, Caleb, 13, and Makenzie, 12.
“It’s been a great 32 years working with Dr. Yezerski. I am looking forward to more time at home and just doing nothing for a while. I plan on volunteering more at Westside Baptist Church with the Meal Train,” Kathy said.
When asked what she enjoyed most about her job she said it was the family atmosphere. She said everyone has always supported each other through all of life’s ups and downs. “We are family.”