Pikeville Medical Center welcomes Dr. Crouch

Amanda Jo Lawson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of James Crouch, M.D., Anesthesiology.


Dr. Crouch received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Crouch received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


“Anesthesiology by definition is the study of taking away pain, in my first exposure of shadowing I knew pretty quick I wanted to become a practicing anesthesiologist,” said Dr. Crouch.


Dr. Crouch says his mentor was Dr. Payton, a practicing anesthesiologist he shadowed.


“He had genuine compassion for people and showed true empathy for patients in their most sick and vulnerable states,” he said. He gave reassurance to those frightened by their upcoming procedure and his humility made him accessible to all.


“It was because of Dr. Payton that I decided to make Anesthesiology my life’s mission. In my years of practice and training, I have never forgotten that treating patients is a privilege and something which is sacred,” said Dr. Crouch.


He looks forward to providing care to the region.


Several factors drew Dr. Crouch to PMC.


“PMC was an easy first choice. I have worked in major downtown urban tertiary care centers and can confidently say PMC lacks for nothing,” said Dr. Crouch.


“The equipment is state-of-the-art and the administration implements proven policies and procedures directly from the Mayo Clinic. The administration is also receptive to feedback and promotes an environment of shared teamwork,” said Dr. Crouch.


“The combination is something very few other institutions possess,” he added.


When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Crouch enjoys running, participating in small group sessions at church, reading the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Penguins hockey and Louisville basketball.


“My wife and I look forward to making Pikeville our new home. We hope to be starting a family soon,” Dr. Crouch said. “We feel Pikeville will be a tremendous opportunity to raise a young family in a community that is loyal to God and traditional Christian values.”