A note of thanks

March 8, 2013



Great News for USG, Our UGA Colleagues and Our Medical Partnership


Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jere Morehead, UGA’s new president. Dr. Morehead starts his new job in July. Dr. Morehead has been a great partner and advocate for our GRU/UGA Medical Partnership. Our UGA colleagues and the Medical Partnership serve a critical role in educating more physicians for our state. We appreciate everyone’s support in this important endeavor. Dr. Morehead will do a wonderful job at the helm of this great institution and we wish him the best of luck! Please check out this link to know more about him- http://bit.ly/Yzsq2z.


Stellar Cardiovascular Researcher signs on… One of Our Own Comes Home…


Thank you to Drs. David Pollock and Sheldon Litwin for co-leading the search for Dr. Neal Weintraub, who will hold the Herbert S. Kupperman Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Science in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Weintraub is originally from Albany, Ga. and an outstanding physician and research leader. I am pleased to welcome him into our “MCG Family.” Please learn more at- http://bit.ly/YNR64q


More Great News for Us … Another Terrific Colleague and Leader


Please do join me in welcoming Dr. Mitchell Watsky as the new Dean of the GRU College of Graduate Studies, effective June 1. This scientist, educator and leader comes to us from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He’ll be a faculty member as well in our Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. Truly sounds like a great hire and a great new colleague. Learn more about Dr. Watsky here- http://bit.ly/WYe5zT


Leadership Retreat… Inspiring and Providing Direction


Twenty-four GRU leaders attended an invigorating Leadership Retreat at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on February 28 through March 1. We reviewed our programs and charted goals for the next year … more later. Congratulations to Dr. Vernon Barnes for the success of his meditation session. Our thanks to Kathi Becker for her leadership in putting together an inspiring retreat.


Pool Society Weekend… Long-Standing Tradition…State of the Art Data


Congratulations to the Department of Radiology for another successful Pool Society Weekend event this past weekend on March 2nd through 3rd. There were 55 attendees who came to learn about medical knowledge, patient care, practiced based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice. The course was intended for diagnostic radiologists and other health care professionals interested in MRI. Many thanks to Dr. Figueroa, Dr. Thompson , Dr. Rawson and the radiology faculty for their leadership. Check out this link to learn more- http://bit.ly/WTsv4o


Fantastic Symposium… Robotic Surgery… Cutting Edge


Congratulations to Dr. Rabii Madi for putting together a wonderful symposium about Robotic Surgery. The symposium featured physicians from Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. It was well attended and everyone enjoyed the di Vinci displays. I am delighted to have Dr. Madi as part of the “MCG Family.” Here are some pictures – http://on.fb.me/Wwysnl


Wonderful Event… “Igniting the Dream of Medicine”…
Reaching Out to Our Community


On Feb. 23, the Office of Diversity Affairs hosted a new event, “Igniting the Dream of Medicine” that gave 220 high school and college students an idea of what it’s like to be a student at MCG! The one-day event helped participants be more competitive applicants, learn about setting goals, MCATs and contingency planning. Lots of fun stuff! They also participated in hands on sessions such as a suture lab, specimen labs and mock interviews. It was truly awesome. Way to go Diversity Affairs!


Tons of Heart and Sole … Walking with Our Community


The seventh annual Heart and Sole 5k Run/Walk went wonderfully, with some chilly weather, but lots of warm hearts. There were 973 runners/walkers this past Saturday. We still don’t know the final amount raised yet but we think that will be great, too. The evening reception was filled with energy and I look forward to next year! Many thanks to Dr. Robyn Hatley and Stacey Haskins Garner for their leadership in keeping this going. Check out this link for more details- http://bit.ly/10gLtCN


Well done Physiology Sweet Hearts!


To raise support for the Lois Ellison Lectureship, a team composed of 15 ran in the GRU Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 24. The participants raised $2,600 for this lectureship honoring one of our most distinguished alums. Our MCG community is looking forward to the next Lois Ellison Lectureship on April 26th- See the calendar below for more information and click here to learn more about Dr. Delos Cosgrove who will guest lecturing- http://bit.ly/12uJdsR


Match Day is Approaching… Let the Fun Begin!


March 15th our senior class will join others across this fair nation in Match Day 2013. I wish the students the best of luck and look forward to participating in this incredibly fun event. This year’s theme is “the ‘90s” and we can’t wait to see what the students come up with. I hope to see you all there at noon on March 15th at the Lee Auditorium. Please join the Facebook event at http://on.fb.me/166IsVU and we’ll tweet the event #MCGMatchDay.



Upcoming Events …


March 9th – American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, North Augusta Greenway – To participate in the Heart Walk, contact Nancy Hannan (nhannan@gru.edu) or 1-1118. For more information visit www.CSRAHeartWalk.org.


March 11th – Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds Presentation, 7 a.m., Lee Auditorium “Professionalism and Operating Room Conduct: Zero Tolerance Policy.”


March 15th – MCG Students’ Match Day, as we did last year, we will be live tweeting #MCGmatchday. You are most welcome to join us at the Lee Auditorium– the fun begins at Noon.


March 29th – Education Grand Rounds will be sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics, “Transformation in Medical Education,” Dr. Steven Lieberman, F.A.C.P., Vice Dean of Academic Affairs from the University of Texas Medical Branch will speak at the CHOG (Children’s Hospital of Georgia) auditorium on Friday, March 29th at 8 a.m.


April 26th- Dr. Delos Cosgrove, President and Chief Executive Office of Cleveland Clinic will give a guest lecture in honor of Drs. Robert & Lois Ellison in the Lee Auditorium, 3 to 4 p.m.


May 3rd – Save the date! The annual State of the Medical College address will be held on Friday, May 3rd at noon. More details coming soon.


May 9th- MCG Hooding will begin at 2 p.m. in the Bell Auditorium.


May 10th- Medical College of Georgia at GRU will graduate 200 medical students at
2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.


June 13th- MCG Chair Investiture Ceremony will start at 5 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium.



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