Dear MCG Family,
We have all found ourselves living in unprecedented and uncertain times over the last two years, watching as COVID-19 wreaked havoc in this country and across the world, closing some health care facilities in the short term and stealing the lives of not just our patients, but of our families and our friends.
During that time, I often paused to reflect on the privilege it is to be a physician — to be the trusted caregiver for my patients in times of crisis and times of calm. I am thankful that the Medical College of Georgia has afforded me that privilege.
As the pandemic has waned and the numbers of COVID cases have diminished, I have also been spending time thinking about all we have lost — not just the lives of so many, but precious times with those we love, times we will never get back.
Now, more than ever, it feels so important to carve out time, a scarce commodity in our so often busy lives, to spend with our friends and family.
That includes our MCG family.
There will be many opportunities for us to gather again over the next year — at events like regional receptions, welcome dinners for new students, White Coat and Hooding Ceremonies and class reunions during Alumni Weekend. Please do not take those times for granted. Come and spend time with your fellow MCG alumni – it is a group that has always been so supportive and encouraging to me.
As one of my first official duties as Alumni Association president, I had the honor of welcoming our newest colleagues — the Class of 2022 — into the MCG Alumni Association at their Hooding Ceremony in May. As I told them then, I look forward to paying it forward during my term and ensuring that they, the next generation remains in touch and engaged with their medical school.
I hope you will join me.
My best to all of you,
Anil Puri, MD, Class of 2005
Internal Medicine & Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine, Milledgeville, Georgia
Dr. William Brooks
2022 Distinguished Alumnus, Professional Achievement
After graduating from MCG, Brooks completed a family medicine residency at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. After practicing in nearby Eatonton for six years, he moved his practice to south Macon, in one of the city’s most underserved areas, in 1975.
He has since served The Medical Center in a variety of roles, including on its Executive Committee from 1979-89 and as its chief of staff in 1985.
Brooks has been active in the Medical Association of Georgia since he started practicing medicine in 1969. He joined the MAG Board of Directors in 1992 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including second vice president, first vice president and treasurer. In 2010, the association honored him with its Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., Physician Distinguished Service Award.
He has been a member of the Bibb County Medical Society Board of Directors since 1982 and served as its president in 1993. In 2008, he received that group’s Distinguished Service Award.
Brooks has been an active member of the MCG Alumni Association, including serving as president from 2009-10.
Dr. Stephen Clements
2022 Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement
Clements completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital. He then joined the US Army Medical Corps, eventually earning the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
He joined the faculty at Emory in 1973 and has taught medical students there ever since. He also has served as the director of the Andreas Gruentzig Outpatient Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Emory University Hospital.
In 2011, Emory recognized him with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award, for his transformational contributions to the hospital. The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation also honored his many contributions to clinical care, prevention and discovery in cardiovascular disease in 2018 by establishing the Stephen D. Clements, Jr. Chair in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Clements has been an active member of the American Heart Association, including serving as president of its Georgia Chapter from 1992-93. In 2007, the American College of Cardiology named Clements the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Natasha Savage
2022 Outstanding Young Alumna
In addition to being the senior associate dean of graduate medical education and designated institutional official, Savage, a 2007 MCG graduate, also is vice chair for academic affairs in the MCG Department of Pathology. She also is chief of staff-elect at AU Health.
As vice chair, she oversees the department’s academic endeavors, engaging residents in scholarly pursuits, advising medical students who are pursuing a career in pathology and helping build the pathology and hematology parts of MCG’s curriculum. As chief of staff-elect, she chairs the Credentials Committee, which oversees the credentialing of practitioners and works with the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee to grant specific privileges to practice medicine in AU Health facilities.
She also is the health system’s medical director of hematology and hematopathology, overseeing the hematology, bone marrow, flow cytometry and hemostasis labs at AU Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
She is a member of the College of American Pathologists, serving as the group’s commissioner for the State of Georgia and as the immediate past vice chair of its Hematology/Clinical Microscopy Committee. An honored educator, she has received multiple MCG Exemplary Teaching Awards for Undergraduate Medical Education and now serves as co-councilor for the medical school’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Savage completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency in 2011 at MCG. She completed a fellowship in hematopathology at Stanford University before returning to the faculty of her alma mater in 2012.
Dr. Leslie Lamar Wilkes
Honored Posthumously as a Distinguished Alumnus
After graduating from MCG Wilkes completed a year of surgery residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital before receiving a commission in the US Navy. He went on to spend a year as ship surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. After his release from active duty, he completed his orthopaedic residency at Wake Forest University and completed a yearlong fellowship in arthritis surgery at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
He began his orthopaedic practice in Savannah in 1972 and practiced there for more than 40 years. He was the first surgeon in Savannah to perform a modern hip replacement and one of the first in the state to perform arthroscopic knee surgery.
Wilkes was active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the British Orthopaedic Association, the Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Arthroscopic Surgery Society of North America. He served on the board of the Georgia Medical Care Foundation for more than 30 years, including a term as president from 1997-99.
He remained committed to MCG throughout his career, serving has adjunct faculty and in the medical school’s Alumni Association, including as president in 1996. He also was committed to medical education throughout his career and organized a group of former American Edinburgh Fellows into the Edinburgh Orthopedic Club, a group the sponsored a Scottish registrar’s visit to the United States each year to attend the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. For many years, he also invited medical students from Scotland’s University of Glasgow to study with him in Savannah.
He was named Savannah’s Best Doctor numerous times and the Georgia Medical Society awarded him with their Health Care Hero Award in 2010 and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Wilkes passed away April 4, 2020 in Savannah.
I just showed up
For Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall, who in March was lying in a hospital bed in Kyiv, Ukraine, with multiple severe injuries, the grizzled man with the salt and pepper hair had to be one of the most beautiful sights he’d ever seen.
That man was Dr. Richard Jadick, who’d just driven 12 hours past multiple Ukrainian and Russian checkpoints on a rescue mission organized by Save Our Allies.
Today, she’s the director of a National Institutes of Health office, but there was a time when Robin Boineau, ’90, wasn’t sure she’d even get into medical school.
Our alumni get together all over the world at chapter events, networking forums, career conversations and awards ceremonies. See if you recognize anyone in these photos or videos!
MCG Hooding 2022
2022 Match Day
MCG Hooding 2021
2021 MCG Match Day
2021 Raft Debate
White Coat Ceremony Class of 2025
MCG Alumni 2019 Banquet
MCG Dean's Reception - Alumni Wknd 2019
You should have recently received a letter regarding the MCG Stethoscope Program that provides a MCG branded stethoscope to first-year medical students.
Due to dozens of donations from alumni, faculty and friends, the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association has been able to provide stethoscopes for every freshman medical student and we hope to do the same for every incoming freshman class. For many medical students, receiving their first stethoscope is the first tangible sign that their dream of becoming a physician is coming true. The response from our future colleagues has been overwhelming appreciation and gratitude.
This is an amazing opportunity to impact a students’ life at the beginning of this special journey to becoming a physician.
What better way to welcome our future colleagues, than providing them with MCG branded stethoscopes, accompanied by a note of encouragement from you, to symbolize the bond you both will always share with MCG.
Please click below to impact an MCG student’s life forever. Stethoscopes are $250 each.
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