The Student Promotions Committee of the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia is responsible for assessing the cumulative performance of the student during and at the completion of each academic year and makes its recommendations to the vice dean of academic affairs of the Medical College of Georgia.  The committee and its subcommittees will include representatives from among the geographically separated campuses.



This constitutional committee, in accordance with LCME standards, will be composed of faculty members selected by the vice dean of academic affairs, associate dean for student affairs, and the associate dean for curriculum with the approval of the dean and they shall submit a slate of candidates for membership to the Committee on Committees. 

It shall be divided into four subcommittees, one for each class; each consisting of a chair and five additional members.  Each subcommittee chair shall serve a term of four years.  Chairs of the subcommittees should serve as a member of the Student Promotions Committee for four years before becoming chair.  Members shall be appointed from each clinical campus as needed.


The committee shall function as outlined in the MCG Faculty Senate Student Promotions Committee Academic and Professionalism Policies and Procedures (Red Book). 

Through its subcommittees, the committee shall monitor the academic performance of the students in each class, recommend students for academic advancement and graduation, and recommend appropriate actions regarding students experiencing academic difficulty.

The committee shall review and evaluate the policies and procedures under which it operates and shall recommend to the Medical College of Georgia Faculty Senate Executive Committee any changes deemed to be necessary in those policies and procedures.

SAPPCC Membership

Dale Peeples, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Chair
Kelli Braun, MD, Associate Dean Admissions (ex-officio, non-voting)
Paul Brock, MD, Campus Associate Dean NW (ex-officio, non-voting)
Shilpa Brown, MD, Associate Dean Curriculum (ex-officio, non-voting)
Lynne Coule, MD, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs – Pre-Clerkship (ex-officio, non-voting)
Koosh Desai, MD Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum, SW (ex-officio, non-voting)
Dixon Freeman, MD, Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum, NW (ex-officio, non-voting)
Elizabeth Gray, MD, Campus Dean , SE (ex-officio, non-voting)
Andy Morris, MD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership, Campus Associate Dean Curriculum (ex-officio, non-voting)
Eric Lewkowiez, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs – Year Three (ex-officio, non-voting)
Doug Patten, MD, Campus Associate Dean SW (ex-officio, non-voting)
Wayne Rentz, MD, Campus Associate Dean SE (ex-officio, non-voting)
Scott Richardson, MD, Interim Associate Dean, Student Affairs, AU/UGA Medical Partnership (ex-officio, non-voting)
LaShon Sturgis, MD, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising (ex-officio, non-voting)
Jennifer Tucker, MD, Associate Dean, Student Affairs (ex-officio, non-voting)
Christopher Watson, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs – Year Four (ex-officio, non-voting)
Vishal Arora, MD, President, MCG Faculty Senate (ex-officio, voting)

2024 Student Promotions Subcommittee

  • David Kozlowski, PhD, Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine, Subcommittee Chair (voting)
  • Bruce “Curt” Gilbert, MD, Radiology & Imaging (voting)
  • Rebecca Etheridge, EdD, Family Medicine (voting)
  • Chadburn (Chad) Ray, MD, OB/GYN (voting)
  • Humberto Sifuentes, MD, Medicine (voting)
  • Ariel VanLeuven, PhD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership (voting)

2025 Student Promotions Subcommittee

  • Paul O'Connor, PhD, Physiology, Subcommittee Chair (voting)
  • Amy Baldwin, PhD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership (voting)
  • Lisa Leggio, MD, Pediatrics (voting)
  • Priyanka Raval, MD, Medicine (voting)
  • Amy Singleton, MD, Psychiatry and Health Behavior (voting)
  • Jing Wang, PhD, Cellular Biology and Anatomy (voting)

2026 Student Promotions Subcommittee

  • Eve Gallman, PhD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership, Subcommittee Chair (voting)
  • Satya Ande, PhD (voting)
  • Jackson Elam, MD, Hospital Medicine (voting)
  • Bradley Golden, DO, Emergency Medicine (voting)
  • Jayabala Pamidimukkala, PhD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership (voting)
  • Louise Thai, MD, Medicine (voting)

2027 Student Promotions Subcommittee

  • Puttur Prasad, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Subcommittee Chair (voting)
  • Sameera Azeem, MD, Psychiatry (voting)
  • Daniel Hannah, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgery (voting)
  • Mark Lopez, MD, Emergency Medicine (voting)
  • Kimberly Rathbun, MD, PhD, AU/UGA Medical Partnership (voting)
  • Patricia Schoenlein, PhD, Cellular Biology and Anatomy (voting)