Richard J. Hempel, MD

Family Medicine
640 East Lexington Avenue
Danville, KY 40422 Get Directions
Richard J. Hempel, MD

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Annual Membership Fee

412.50 every 3 months **
825.00 every 6 months **
1,650.00 each year **

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

My primary interest is to share my passion for achieving  health goals through diet, exercise and applying evidence based medicine with each of my patients. I strive to maintain health  for my patients with the judicious use of medications and specialty referrals. You will become part of my practice family with the kindness and concern that will define our relationship. 

As the first MDVIP-affiliated physician in Danville to practice this personalized care, I will incorporate over 30 years of family medicine experience to take care of the full range of patients. My MDVIP-affiliated practice, often compared to a concierge medicine practice, also offers conveniences like same- or next-day appointments. In addition, I am board certified in geriatric medicine and enjoy optimizing health and wellness as we age. Exercise and fitness have been a passion of mine outside of my practice with decades of experience competing in triathlons and road races which allow me to better incorporate exercise into my personalized approach to wellness. I am on the active medical staff at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville and provide care to patients in many of the surrounding counties.

Dr. Hempel's Credentials

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Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center
Tallahassee, FL
Family Medicine 1986-1988

Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center
Tallahassee, FL

Medical School:
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN
Doctorate of Medicine 1985

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Bachelor of Arts, Biology 1981
Graduated with High Distinction

Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
USAT All American Triathlete
Team USA Beijing Triathlon
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
- Medical Director, Transitional Care Unity 1995-2017
- Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee 1997-present
- Vice President, Medical Affairs 2007-2014
Exam Review Committee, American Board of Family Medicine Board 2002-present
Exam Test Writing Committee, Joint American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatrics 1998–2000, 2008-Present
Medical Director, Boyle County Health Department 2000-2014
Medical Director, Heritage Hospice 1999-2010
National Health Service Corps 1998-2000
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians
Kentucky Medical Association
Boyle County Medical Society

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Testimonials from patients of Dr. Hempel

from Sue in KY March 21, 2020 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

My ninety year old father chose Dr. Hempel when his doctor retired. He got sick and spent 6 weeks in the hospital . He was sent home with with 14 new pills to take everyday . His quality of life was declining quickly. He sleep all day and was up all night with many bad side effects from the medicines. I knew this wasn't any kind of life for anyone. I took him to see Dr.… See more

from Brad in KY March 10, 2020 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

I appreciate Dr. Hempel as he has been an encouragement to me toward my total health and overall well being. He came along just at the time I needed focus and guidance on specific areas of my life. He has shown concern for my family reaching out to them also offering suggestions and advice with regards to their health.

from William in KY March 16, 2018 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

Dr. Hempel is a superb and a very personable doctor. He always has his great smile to greet me and my wife when he enters the treatment room. He will spend his time with me to answer questions that my wife usually has for him and he always answers with full details. He makes sure that I understand him. I have been so grateful to him for allowing me to have an interpreter with me and my wife… See more

from Chuck in KY March 1, 2018 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

At this time and point in my life it is important to have a personal relationship with my primary care physician. I had this relationship with Dr. Hempel previous to him joining MDVIP. He felt this move was necessary so that he could provide the level of personal care he believes in and is committed to. His goal is his patients health, wellness and quality of life.

from David in KY February 28, 2018 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

Dr. Hempel is an excellent physician. He does not immediately start with the most extreme solution to a problem but starts with a lesser treatment program. He is current in medical literature and reassurances any questions. He always gives me adequate time but that has improved with MDVIP.

from Judy in KY February 27, 2018 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

I am a new patient and my first office visit is this April. I cannot provide a doctor, patient experience at this time, but I have known the Hempels for many years. The entire family is very special to me. We have all been very active and have become good friends through running. Dr. Hempel will get a 5 star rating from me, even before my first visit.

from Nancy February 16, 2018 for Richard J. Hempel, MD

I am writing this for my husband as he has alittle trouble with words at the moment. Long story short, my husband found out through unfortunate circumstances that he was born with Hydrocephalus. He lived his life never knowing this and as of last year this became an issue. Dr. Hempel listened to all concerns we both had and addressed them all. He has had several medical issues arise this year… See more