Alumni News

Bowman, '77 graduate and Augusta Cardiologist, helping educate community on healthy hearts

For Dr. Mac Bowman, keeping people healthy and reparing their hearts is more than a career: it is his calling (watch video) (read more)

Stubbs, '56 alum and Fort Meyers anesthesiologist, dies

Dr. Rex Stubbs, a 1956 graduate who was the first anesthesiologist in Fort Meyers, Fla., died Dec. 30. (read more)

Sturkie, '58 alum and Marietta Orthopaedic Surgeon, dies

Thomas Otis Sturkie (Tom) of Marietta, Ga. died peacefully at his residence in Vinings Ga. on Friday, November 3rd. (read more)

Brig. Gen. Ronald Stepens, 1990 MCG graduate, credited with saving the life of former vice chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force

On August 10, 2016, Gen. Stephens, along with 46 other general officers, rear admirals and senior executive service civilians, participated in the National Defense University’s Capstone course at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. By all accounts, the course had been going according to plan–until the unexpected reared its head back and laughed. (read more)

Dr. Irving Victor, 1945 alum, honored by Armstrong State University

Armstrong State University presented its second-ever Eminent Alumni Award to Dr. Irving Victor, a 1945 MCG gradaute, at its Fourth Annual Alumni Awards Gala Oct. 20. (read more)

Dr. Irving Pike, '78 alum, elected president of the American College of Gastroenterology

Irving M. Pike, MD, a 1978 graduate of MCG,a physician hospital executive and expert on endoscopic quality indicators, was elected by the membership as the 2017-2018 President of the American College of Gastroenterology, a national medical organization representing more than 14,000 clinical gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. (read more)

'67 alum, Dr. William P. Brooks honored in Macon, new partnership announced

Last month, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert announced that Dr. Brooks' practice, South Macon Family Physicians Clinic, will partner with Navicent Health and First Choice Primary Care. Brooks has been serving south Macon residents since 1975. (read more)

Newton, '88, named Rookie of the Year by Georgia Chamber

Dr. Mark Newton, a 1988 graduate and State Representative, has been named Legislative Rookie of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce (read more)

Columbus plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Andrew “Butch” Cochran Jr., '71, dies

The MCG graduate had established a program for student writers in his wife's name at Columbus State University. (read more)

Clarence E. Ballenger III, neurologist at Coastal Carolina Neurology recognized

Dr. Clarence E. Ballenger III, a neurologist at Coastal Carolina Neurology, and affiliated with the Onslow Memorial Hospital, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Jacksonville, NC. (read more)

Dr. Milton Irvin Johnson, '64, Macon family physician, dies

Dr. Milton Irvin Johnson, Jr., 90, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017. (read more)

Dr. Hubert Greenway, '74, receives Frederic E. Mohs Award

Hubert Greenway, M.D., chairman of Mohs and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, received the Frederic E. Mohs Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery at the college's annual meeting in San Francisco on April 28. (read more)

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb 20 at 6 p.m.

Macon Regional Reception, Idle Hour Country Club

March 29 at 6 p.m.

Athens Regional Reception, Home of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Ellison

April 13

Raft Debate, J. Harold Harrison Education Commons

April 27-29

Alumni Weekend, details to come

More Upcoming Events »

Welcome to the

Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association

A message from the president of MCG Alumni Association

 

Dear Fellow Alumni,

This May, our alma mater sent 211 new physicians out into the world. The members of the Class of 2017 are spread across the country in 38 states and are pursuing a diverse group of specialties. However wide the variety of their chosen fields, I have the utmost confidence that they will find at least one thing they have in common with each other and with each of us – an extreme appreciation for the outstanding education they received at the Medical College of Georgia.

As an active member of the Alumni Association, I have had the good fortune to interact with alumni across the state. Our fellow graduates commonly tell me that when they reached their residency programs, they felt extremely well-prepared for the next step in their careers — and that MCG taught them well, not only about medicine, but about professional life after medical school. That was certainly true for me when I started my family medicine residency at Spartanburg General Hospital in 1973.

When I eventually came back to our alma mater and served as associate dean of student affairs for nearly two decades, it wasn’t uncommon for me to interact with residency program directors around the country. The message was and is the same – MCG graduates were, and still are, some of the best.

I believe that the success of our graduates is, in large part, due to the many dedicated faculty at our medical school. I certainly remember the greats who influenced me, like Dr. Coleman King, Dr. William Moretz, Dr. Harold Engler, Dr. Dorothy Hahn, Dr. Mary Jo Carter, Dr. Robert Ellison, Dr. Lois Ellison, Dr. Joe Bailey, Dr. Paul Webster, Dr. Joe Griffin – the list goes on. They were icons to me, just like so many of you who teach our students are to them. Like our faculty then, I know you are not just teaching our students medicine. Our faculty taught us about what it was to be a physician – about professionalism and the expectations that patients and the community had of us. I know you are proudly doing the same. Thank you for the gift you are giving our students.

As the newest president of the MCG Alumni Association, I am also proud to be able to help support our students through programs like our annual regional receptions, dinners hosted by our fellow alums across our state, and the HOST program, which helps students connect with MCG alums across the country while they interview for potential residency programs. The support you all give our students through these programs and more is phenomenal.

I became active in the MCG Alumni Association when then-president Dr. H. Gordon Davis, ’45, appointed me as chairman of the Alumni/Student Committee. It has been my privilege to continue to be active in the Alumni Association in various roles. And it is my hope that — even as we spread our graduates around the country — they, like so many of you, will remain loyal and true to the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Mason Thompson, ‘73
President, MCG Alumni Association
Associate Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine