Dr. Raj Kachoria

Dr. Lekhraj B. Kachoria practiced medicine in Macedon for nearly 40 years and when he decided to retire this year he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to God and his community in a very kind and generous manner. So what did he do? He donated his 700-patient practice to Thompson Health.

“God has been very good to me and now I want to give back to God’s people,” said Dr. Kachoria, a General Practitioner who specializes in pediatrics and prefers to be called ‘Raj.’ “I’ve been extremely lucky and thankfully so.”

But even in retirement, don’t expect this 74-year-old caregiver to put down his stethoscope just yet. He and his wife of 58 years, Bhagwanti, plan to spend time in Botswana in a volunteer effort to bring medical services to Africans in need, and to visit one of their two sons, Naresh, who lives in Botswana and works for a Harvard/Oxford-run economic development program.

“I’ve always been interested in international health and I really want to help these people,” said Dr. Kachoria. “Giving back like this is such a beautiful way to thank God for such a good life.”

Dr. Kachoria’s practice is now called the Macedon Family Practice. Nurse Practitioner Susan Quinn has joined Thompson Health to provide medical services to Dr. Kachoria’s patients as well as new patients. Dr. Susan Rockwell, who currently practices at the Shortsville office, will provide care one day a week in Macedon while Thompson recruits a regular full-time physician. In addition, Thompson plans to add a lab draw station in the suite across the hall from the Macedon Family Practice.

“Words cannot sufficiently convey the level of gratitude and respect we have for Dr. Kachoria’s decision to offer this extraordinary gift,” said Thompson Health Foundation Director of Development Anita Pietropaolo. “We wish him and Bhagwanti all the best in retirement and they can rest assured their generosity will never be forgotten.”