Posted 01/10/2018

Dr. John BrightAfter almost 30 years on the medical staff of Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Dermatologist John Bright announces his retirement at the end of January, 2018.

Dr. Bright graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977, and completed his residency in Dermatology in 1986 from the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He also became Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1986. After coming to Murray and serving with the U.S. Naval Reserve unit in Nashville, Tennessee, he retired as a Captain from the US Navy where he had also taught family medicine and dermatology residents at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, as well as the Medical University of South Carolina.

One of his favorite quotes is from his father, Robert Bright—“When faced with two choices, you can always choose to do the right thing.” “Definitely, the right thing was to move to Murray in 1988 to open my dermatology practice,” he continued.

He has served in many capacities over the years including interim chief medical officer, as well as a contributing member of the credentials committee, medical executive committee, cancer committee, and tumor board. For many years, he also conducted a Skin Cancer Screening Program at MCCH, as well as volunteering in the student athlete physicals. Lecturing at Murray State University in the Nursing Department in the nurse practitioner program has been a favorite means to share his knowledge of dermatology with other providers.

Dr. Bright said he enjoyed the healthcare field, and feels privileged to have been a part of the lives of so many people and their families, and says, “this will be the part I will miss the most.”

He and his wife, Jane, have five children—Heather (Mako) Nesler of Mayfield; Jennifer (Trey) Moore of Lexington; Andrew Bright (Mai) of Murray; Jason Bright (Kandace) of Lexington; and Kenneth (Dana) Howard of Murray. Their children have blessed them with 14 grandchildren, with another on the way in May of 2018!

In his retirement, Bright says he wants to travel and enjoy time with their friends and family—especially their grandchildren! They also have several trips planned including Australia and New Zealand in 2019, as well as making memories with shorter trips in the United States. John and Jane also plan to pursue volunteer opportunities with their church and with Samaritan’s Purse.

Dr. Bright will officially retire on January 31st, with that being his last day to see patients. However, the office will remain open until March 31, 2018 for patients to pick up their medical records. Patients may call 270.759.9800 to request copies of their records.