Joseph Burch

I am sure none of us had any concept of the effect a small RNA virus could have on our lives. As physicians, we have experienced some of the most life-changing effects of COVID-19 as any group in America. Through these uncertain times, I have been both scared but also emboldened to have been given an opportunity to make a difference in my community and deliver essential health care. It’s what we were all trained to do at the Medical College of Georgia. Read more »

Dr. Joseph J. Burch
Class of 1985
President, MCG Alumni Association


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Stethoscopes for First-Year Students


A few months back you heard from 1995 MCG graduate Dr. Alan Smith Stethoscopeabout the MCG Alumni Association’s great initiative to purchase each of our first-year students their first stethoscope.

We received a great response from many MCG alumni but wanted to follow up with you to see if we can also have your support for our students. We all know that a stethoscope is an icon of our profession that remains a mainstay in practice. These stethoscopes carry the additional significance of bearing the seal of your also iconic medical school and its legacy of educating outstanding physicians.

I hope you will choose to support the next generation of MCG graduates and great physicians through this initiative.

For $250, you can fund one stethoscope for one student or you can support more students by increasing your gift. Some MCG alums have contributed $1,000 to benefit four medical students, which is really outstanding.

More information about this program, and how you can make a gift, can be found at If you have questions or would prefer to mail your check, please contact Ralph Alee at 706-721-7343.

Thank you for your support of your medical school.

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Dean, Medical College of Georgia

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Dr. William “Jack” Atha, ’58, dies

September 18, 2020

Dr. Atha completed an internship at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. in 1959 where he met Vivian Brooks and to whom he married on July 18, 1959. Jack then spent two years in Korea, a medical officer attached to the US Army 11th Engineer Battalion. On his return from overseas military service in 1961, he […]

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Dr. Glenn Bridges, 1960 graduate, passes away

September 18, 2020

Dr. Glenn Jackson Bridges, Jr. of Tennille, Georgia passed away on September 14, 2020. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1960. He completed his internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He also served in the U.S. Public Health Service overseeing the Clinton Indian Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in […]

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Dr. Natasha Savage, ’07, named vice chair of pathology

September 14, 2020

Dr. Natasha Savage, residency program director in the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia and 2007 MCG graduate, has been named the department’s vice chair for academic affairs. She also is the new chief of staff elect at the medical school’s teaching hospitals, Augusta University Health. Read more.

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Dr. William Hugh Meeks, ’61 graduate and Augusta neurosurgeon dies

September 14, 2020

Dr. William Hugh Meeks, a 1961 graduate who completed his neurosurgery residency at MCG and joined the faculty for two years before joining University Hospital, died Sept. 6. Read Dr. Meek’s obituary.

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Dr. Bibb Saye, 1954 graduate, died Aug.1

August 06, 2020

Dr. Van “Bibb” Saye, a 1954 graduate, and a retired Baton Rouge, Louisiana, internist and cardiologist, died Aug. 1. Read Dr. Saye’s obituary.

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Dr. Lex Simpson, ’78, died July 24

August 04, 2020

Dr. Lex Simpson, a 1978 graduate and orthopaedic physician in Encitas, California, died July 24 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Read Dr. Simpson’s obituary.

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