03/17/1951 - 11/19/2018
Joseph Bajorek was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 17, 1951, to Rosalia and Jerzy Bajorek. His father died an early death when Joe was 3 years old. His mother immigrated with Joe and his brother to Los Angeles when Joe was 10 years old. His dedicated teachers taught him English after class. He attended the California Institute of Technology, graduated with a BS in biochemistry from UCLA in 1973, and earned a PhD in neurosciences in 1981 from the UCLA Brain Research Institute. The results of his research at that time were described in over 20 publications exploring the treatment and understanding of seizures, effects of alcohol on hypothermia, and women’s hot flushes in menopause. Joe received his MD degree from the University of Miami in 1989, and did his neurology residency at UCSD, 1989-93. He practiced neurology at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, 1993-1996. Later in Ashland, KY, he had a private practice working with regional hospitals such as King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. In 2010 he organized and became Director of the Stroke Center at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He organized support groups for Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy, and MS. He also taught peer symposiums on these subjects. For the past year he has been working part time at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Joe was an avid snorkeler, sailboarder, hiker, skier, and cyclist. Everyone found him available and encyclopedic for discussion on any topic. He was loved by all who knew him: family, friends, coworkers, and patients. He was known as an excellent diagnostician and the most caring of practitioners. Since moving to Sarasota he became involved in environmental and human rights activities. He will be greatly missed by all. Joe is survived by his wife of 45 years Terrie Anne Bajorek, his son Alexander and his wife Amanda, son Michael, and brother Christopher H. Bajorek, as well as nephew Peter Bajorek, niece Jennifer Bajorek and cousins in Poland and Great Britain. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 4:00p.m. in First Christian Church, 1930 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 or go online to https://mote.org/support/donate.
Hate to hear this... worked with him some at KDMC
Am so sorry to hear of his passing.... Prayers for all the family and friends....
Thank you Dr. B. We loved you dearly.
My deepest condolences and sympathies for Dr. Bajorek’s family and friends. His knowledge was boundless and his friendship was dear. May blessings be bestowed on all during this time of his life’s celebration.
Great Physician, such a huge loss
My deepest sympathy.
It was a distinct privilege and pleasure to have called Dr Bajorek a friend and colleague . With sympathy and prayers .
What a wonderful and caring man! I will never forget him and the influences he had on my life. Love you all.
I worked with Dr. B at OLBH Neurology Department, he was a true example of what a physician should be, I thought very highly of him!! My deepest sympathies to his family.
I am very saddened to hear about your loss. I always though so much of Joe.
Thoughts and prayers to your family. Thank you for years of being a great colleague in your field. Thank you for being a wonderful doctor when I was the patient
My deepest sympathies to the family. Dr Bajorek was so gentle and kind to my parents. Thank you
My deepest sympathy to TerriAnne and family. I was saddened to read of Dr. Joe Bajorek passing . I Had the pleasure of meeting Terri Anne and Joe when they first arrived on Siesta Key. My thoughts and prayers are with this family. Dr. Bajorek you were beloved by so many, including so many patients. TerriAnn, May the love of family and friends help give you the strength to sustain you during this most difficult time❤️
Joe was the standard by which I judge other neurologists. I’ve missed his presence the past few years and so sad to hear of his passing. Condolences to the family, I will keep you in my prayers.
Joe was one of the smartest and kindest souls I have ever encountered. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends
This is truly such a great loss. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your son, Dr. Alexander Bajorek, may your soul rest in peace. Our hearts are with you.... God Bless Mrs. Terrie Ann and Michael and the entire family.
Thanks Dr. B for always being the best doctor you could ever be . Oh you will greatly be miss .
I had the honor and pleasure to work with him at KDMC while I was a Pediatric nurse. He was a great teacher for us nurses and a kind, compassionate doctor for our patients. Love and prayers for his family.
So very saddened by his passing. Such a wonderful neurologist and kind loving man.
A wonderful doctor... He touched so many lives without even knowing how much his kind down to earth manner helped I will miss him so much.. Thoughts and prayers to Terri and family
Dr. B will be missed! I could never thank him enough for teaching me throughout the time we worked together at Our Lady of Bellefonte. He was more than a Dr., he became somewhat of a father figure to me after mine passed away. I will always miss hearing his stories and pictures, and advice. My prayers and condolences go out to Terri and all their family!
He was a wonderful man. As a patient he treated me with kindness and understanding. He will be missed
Joe was the most amazing neurologist I have ever worked with in my career! He was so compassionate and tempered! God speed Joe!
Terri Ann I had the wonderful pleasure of being your next door neighbor for 20 years. Jim and I watched you raise two fine boys and manage a successful medical practice. I am so sorry at hearing about Joe. He is sorely missed. Loved you both, Carol Jean
He will be sadly missed, he was good to my mother and I just had a visit with him earlier this year at OLBH. Prayers for family and friends
Thank you Dr. Bajorek for being you, a very loving compassionate Physician, Father, and friend to many. He dedicated his life to helping people, his patients were family. He truly cared,, always took the time to listen and carefully diagnose. Amazing Father and friend to many. To his family thank you for sharing your husband and father with us. Prayers for you, today, tomorrow and the days to follow.
Wonderful compassionate human being He will be greatly missed
A wonderful Dr, with compassion for his patients. May God comfort his family ,during this time.
So very saddened, he was the best neurologist ever RIP doc B
Sorry to hear of Dr. Bajorek's passing. He was my first husband's neurologist and he was such a wonderful doctor.
I am so sad I can’t believe this. He not only was my dr. for a very long time but was a caring friend. I always considered him so very intelligent but he would sit and talk to u about your health problems. His family suffered from diabetes like mine . Words cannot describe how I feel right now, I will miss him greatly. Prayers for him and his family. R.I.P. Doc.
Prayers for the family. It was great to work with him at OLBH on the Stroke program. Such a fine physician.
Dr. B saved my husband's life. All the drs said he would not live.. DR. B stepped in and Perry lived fourteen years. He was also my dr who worked so hard getting my problems diagnosed. He became a treasured friend over the last 16 years. He will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for the family
Such a wonderful, caring, compassionate physician. It was an honor to work with him at kdmc and was even more impressed with him being a patient. So sorry for your loss.
So saddened to hear we lost a wonderful doctor. It will be hard to replace him.
I worked with him for my 9 month stint in Ashland, both at OLBH and KDMC; he was a compassionate diagnostician for his patients and a friendly colleague to work with. He will be missed.
Dr. Bajorek was such a Brilliant, Caring Doctor & such a Wonderful man. I had the privilege of working with him closely at KDMC & then at OLBH, ss well as being a patient. He will be gresatly missed.
I am sorry for his passing, he was so good to help my husband Paul when he had his stroke, we went to his office for weks after his stroke in 2001. He was in rehab at kdmc for 4 weeks and Dr. Joe came in every day to check him, my husband didn't even know him but he had conversations with him . Paul loved him so much a great dr. they will miss. My prayers are with Terri and the family .
Dr Bajorek truly practiced the Golden Rule. He treated his patients & colleagues like he would want to be treated & like family ❤️. Praying for his family, friends, & patients
He was my doctor for several years. So sorry. He was a great doctor. Prayers for his family.
An absolute saint of a man. He diagnosed my sister's MS when no other would, and took care of her for the past many, many years. Hearing of his passing is absolutely devastating. The heavens have gained a bright and beautiful star.
Dr. Bajorek was a wonderful Doctor. He has taken care of my doctor for 16 years and we know what a kind, caring and good man he was. We will miss him. All of his loved ones are in my prayers.
Prayers for your peace and comfort. Dr was a great man.
I am so sorry for Terri and family. Dr. Bajorek was one of the most impressive doctors/people I ever met. He was great to my husband, my mother and me.
I cleaned his office back in the late 80/s he sure was good and kind to me so sorry to hear of his passing I am sure he will be missed prayers for family !
My deepest condolences to the family. I was a pharmaceutical representative that called on Dr. Bajorek. He was the smartest and one of the most genuine persons I’ve ever known. His whole staff and family were all extensions of his love and desire to help people in a wonderful variety of ways. Truly emblematic of the kind of man we all should aspire to become.
Our deepest sympathy for the family.
Dr B will be missed so much. I just heard this news of his passing on Dec 2 and can't believe he is really gone. My condolences to his wife and family. This world has lost a one of a kind true gentleman and physician.
If you were a patient of his you were treated as a friend, we will miss him .