Lia Bruner

Assistant Professor

Lia Bruner

Assistant 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.

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  • 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

  • 2019 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award recipient for Athens Medical College of Georgia, 2020

  • 2020 AU/UGA Medical Partnership AOA Faculty Inductee Alpha of Georgia Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2020

  • 2018 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award recipient for Athens Small Group Medical College of Georgia, 2019

  • Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Dean’s Educational Innovation Award Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, 2008

  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation New Faculty Scholar Award Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, 2007

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5101

    Essen of Clinical Med 1 P2
  • MEDI 5168

    Mod 4: Cardiopulmonary/Renal
  • MEDI 5179

    Mod 5: GI/Endo/Repro
  • MEDI 5100

    Essen of Clinical Med 1 P1
  • MEDI 5212

    Mod 1: Hematology/Oncology
  • MEDI 5226

    Mod 2: GU: Mod 2: Genitourinary
  • MEDI 5232

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary II

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

  • Influence of Community Preceptor Specialty and Method of Assignment in an Early Clinical Experience Course, 2010
    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 - 2020

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Case Oversight Team 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

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

    Role: Mentor

Public Service

  • Athens Free Clinic mobile clinic 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Habitat for Humanity 2018

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

    Role: Other