Alumni Spotlight

Randy Legault, '08

By: Michelle Goff
June 15, 2016

Randy Legault chose to attend the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (now the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine), in part, because it was close to his home in Kingsport, Tenn. Several years and several moves later, Legault is once again choosing to call Pikeville home.

Legault was born in Ottawa, Canada, and moved with his family at age 13 to Tennessee. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, he started looking around at medical schools.

“Pikeville was a short drive from Kingsport and the medical school had a good reputation,” Legault says.

Thus, Legault enrolled in medical school at Pikeville in 2004 with plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an orthopedic surgeon.

“Sometime in my third year, I decided that’s not what I wanted, but I liked being in the operating room. I went to the other side of the drapes and haven’t looked back,” Legault says of his decision to switch from pursuing orthopedics to a career in anesthesiology.

After completing third and fourth year rotations in Dayton, Ohio, Legault moved on to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a one-year internship before beginning a three-year anesthesiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He followed that up with a one-year fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic before accepting a position as a practicing anesthesiologist at the University of Kentucky.

On July 1, Legault will join Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist. A desire to be closer to his wife’s family and to help advance PMC’s growing cardiac program led the way in the Legaults’ decision to return to Pikeville.

“I met my wife, Tiffany McPeek Legault, in Pikeville at El Azul Grande,” Legault recalls. “She’s from Ashcamp and graduated from Shelby Valley High School and became a registered nurse. Her entire family lives in the area. We have two children and it will be great for them to grow up with most of their relatives nearby. We’ve loved living in Lexington. Attending University of Kentucky basketball games and shopping at the Fayette Mall are a couple things we will miss about Lexington, but what we are missing in Lexington is family.”

Legault adds, “Since we’ve been married, we’ve never lived anywhere more than three years. It’s coming up on three years in Lexington. Hopefully, we’re going to set a new record in Pikeville.”

“In 2004 my team won the intramural volleyball championship and I won the Jenny Wiley 5K,” Legault says. “I’m looking forward to being back in the mountains and returning to an area that produced so many good memories.”

Legault loves the outdoors and also enjoys running and playing golf as well as following the University of Tennessee football team and UK’s basketball team.
Yet family and his faith remain his priorities.

“I’m very faithful and spiritual,” Legault explains. “My relationship with God has grown over the past several years. When making decisions, I look to Proverbs 3:5-6 for guidance – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.’”

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