The Office of Medical Historian in Residence is committed to researching and preserving the history of Augusta University and its legacy institutions. The historical information and images collected are used to reflect mature aspects of our entire institution. The staff is dedicated to delivering quality of service in support of historical research and works collaboratively with others on various projects.
Medical Historian in Residence
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Surgery
MD, Medical College of Georgia
BS, University of Georgia
Ellison received an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia prior to joining the MCG faculty in 1951. She was Director of the Cardiopulmonary Laboratory, a charter member of the Medical College of Georgia Research Institute, and Associate Vice President for Planning, MCG Hospitals and Clinics. Upon her retirement in 2000, she became Medical Historian in Residence.
She is past president of the American Lung Association of Georgia, the Georgia Thoracic Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association/Georgia Affiliate, and the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine Alumni Association. She has been a Research Fellow and Established Investigator of the Georgia Heart Association, and received a Research Career Award from the National Heart Institute, National Institutes of Health.
She has received the MCG School of Medicine Faculty Award for Institutional Service, the MCG School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Woman of Excellence Award in Health, the MCG School of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, the Americana Lung Association’s Will Ross Medal, University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni Award and, most recently, the Georgia State Senate Resolution 927.
She is included in the NIH National Library of Medicine’s exhibition “Changing the Face of Medicine – Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.” Membership in professional societies include the American Thoracic Society, Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians, American Physiological Association, American Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, Southern Society of Clinical Investigation, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Historical Research Coordinator
MBA, Brenau University
BS, Tift College
Braswell is the Historical Research Coordinator for the Office of Medical Historian in Residence. She has been employed by Augusta University for over thirty years, having worked in Hospital Admissions, Department of Family Medicine, and Section of Emergency Medicine prior to working with Dr. Ellison in the Office of Hospital Planning and the Office of Medical Historian in Residence. She has worked with Dr. Ellison for nearly twenty-three years and was the recipient of the 2002 Erie Blissit Award.