Lia Bruner

Associate Professor

Lia Bruner

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Family Medicine


Dr. Bruner is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. She earned her B.S. with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. As a Rhodes Scholar, she attended the University of Oxford (England), where she earned a B.A. in Physiological Sciences. Upon returning to the United States, she received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bruner has a wide range of family medicine clinical experience both in urban clinics and in small-town settings. In addition, Dr. Bruner has held multiple academic appointments at other institutions.

  • (706) 713-2217
  • UGA Health Sciences Campus, Russell Hall, Room 235 K


  • MD, Medicine Harvard University, 2001

  • BA, Physiological Sciences University of Oxford, 1997

  • BA, Chemical Engineering Iowa State University of Scien, 1995


  • PHY GA Composite Medical Board, 2017

Awards & Honors

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Inductee from the Athens Campus of the Medical College of Georgia Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2023

  • AY2021/22 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, 2023

  • Gender Equity Champion MCG Group on Women in Medicine and Science, 2022

  • 2020-2021 Excellence in Faculty Leadership Award AU/UGA Medical Partnership, 2022

  • 2021 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award recipient for Athens Medical College of Georgia, 2022

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5212

    Mod 1: Hematology/Oncology
  • MEDI 5226

    Mod 2: GU
  • MEDI 5156

    Mod 2: Musculoskeletal
  • MEDI 5161

    Mod 3: Brain & Behavior
  • MEDI 5232

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary
  • MEDI 5151

    Module 1: Fundamentals
  • MEDI 5242

    Mod 4: Digestive and Endocrine
  • MEDI 5252

    Mod 5: Brain and Behavior
  • MEDI 5262

    Mod 6: Multi-System Disorders

Teaching Interests

Her teaching interests include communication and physical exam skills, preventive medicine including immunizations, medical education, behavior change, and women’s health.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Exploring academic performance of medical students in an integrated hybrid curriculum by gender, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Intention for adult vaccination in free clinic patients: predictors and preferences, 2023
  • Cellulitis (non-orbital), 2022
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-Revised
  • Curating a Case Catalog: Development and Implementation of a Process for Revising Small Group Teaching Cases for Pre-clerkship Medical Education, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Her clinical and research interests include preventive medicine including immunizations, medical education, gender equity, behavior change, and women’s health.

Department Service

  • Faculty Co-Advisor for the Family Medicine Interest Group at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership 2019 - Present

College Service

  • Curriculum Integration Team 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Women in Medicine Student Interest Group 2019 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Case Oversight Team 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • MCG Faculty Affairs Committee 2021 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member
  • Case Oversight Team 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • MCG Women's Career Development Symposium Committee 2021 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG Group on Women in Medicine and Science 2020 - 2023

    Role: Program Organizer

Professional Service

  • AAMC Group on Educational Affairs Undergraduate Medical Education Section "Lights, Camera, Action: Medical Student Toolkit for Presenting in Groups" 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary’s Health Care System 2019 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Women in Family Medicine Collaborative 2022 - 2023

    Role: Other
  • Annual Us vs. HPV Prevention Week sponsored by AMWA, the Global Initiative against HPV and Cervical Cancer, and Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health 2022 - 2023

    Role: Other

Public Service

  • Quarantine Boxes Program 2020 - Present

    Role: Program Organizer
  • Athens Free Clinic mobile clinic 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Family Promise 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Habitat for Humanity 2018

    Role: Other
  • Free sports physicals for Athens Clarke County school students 2018

    Role: Other