Simple things

“The roots of effective leadership lie in simple things, one of which is listening. Listening to someone demonstrates respect; it shows that you value their ideas and are willing to hear them.”~ John Baldoni (Michigan Radio WUOM 91.7)

July 20, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Congratulations … National Medical Honor Society Research Fellowship Awarded …

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Puja Chebrolu as one of 47 recipients of the 2012 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship from Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA … national medical honor society). Puja has spent her summer with Drs. Stanley Nahman and Kristina Kintziger going over a federal data base in hopes of finding kidney dialysis patients’ risks of bacteremia. Puja is hoping that skills she is learning today will help her in the future with her goals of doing research and treating patients in distant lands.

Congratulations … 2012 AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development …

Please join us also in congratulating Dr. Michael Duncan, Gastroenterology, on his acceptance to the 2012 AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar. His chair, Dr. Mike Madaio nominated him for this invigorating and educational professional development seminar to glean information on moving into leadership positions in academic medicine.

Congratulations … New Chief of Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Named …

We are excited that Dr. Paul Browne has been named Chief of the Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Browne studies the role of periodontal organisms in adverse pregnancy outcomes and has received funding from the Omnibus Spending Bill and South Carolina March of Dimes to support his research on online web conferencing for rural health consultation. He has served as the principle investigator in research trials on managing obesity in pregnancy, environmental determinants of diabetes in youth and pregnancy complication resulting from fibroids, benign growths of the uterus/cervix. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Browne.

Names … New “U” Taking Shape … Consolidation Update …

The Consolidation Working Group has presented three finalists for the name of the “New U” and they are: Georgia Arts & Sciences University; Georgia Regents University; University of Augusta. The name approval will be on the August agenda of the Board of Regents’ meeting. We are excited to report that the Medical College of Georgia will keep the name Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and is looking forward to moving forward with the name of the new consolidated university of GHSU and ASU. Please see for continuous updates regarding the consolidation.

Department of Medicine … Recent Awards … Residents, Fellows, and Faculty …

Congratulations to Drs. Samith Thomas Kochuparambil and Jeremy Anthony for the Residents Rahn-Peacock awards for best science presentations and to Drs. Kelly Hyndman and Michael Todd Cross for the Fellows Awards. Congratulations also to Dr. David Haburchak as attending of the year; Dr. Speros Livieratos as fellow of the year; Dr. Talat Raja as resident of the year; and Dr. Nicholas Fox as intern of the year.

Emergency Medicine … New Hospitalist Service … Course Leaders …

Emergency Medicine is beginning the transition of the Hospitalist Service with the first step of admitting Chest Pain Pathways patients to the Hospitalist Service. Our thanks to all clinical staff is making this ‘work in progress’ a success. Dr. Walter Kuhn will be leading the Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine course later this month. And last, but not least, congratulations to Tibias Rhodes on being named Emergency Medicine June Employee of the month.

The New Science Behind America’s Deadliest Diseases … MCG Scientist’s Work Highlighted in Wall Street Journal …

Check out the article in the Wall Street Journal related to heart disearse, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and cancer. Dr. Norman Pollock along with scientists/researchers from Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, National Cancer Center, Harvard and others contributed to the story with their studies and findings. We appreciate Dr. Pollock’s work and the work of all our scientists.

Happy Belated Birthday …

We want to wish a happy birthday (yes, it’s belated) to Master Sergeant William Tumlin. Master Sergeant Tumlin is at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing home and turned 100 years old on July 18. He served in World War II and the Korean War. Master Sergeant Tumlin was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars.
Upcoming Dates and Events …

Upcoming Dates and Events …

July 24th GHS Blood Drive, 7 am to 6 pm, CMC Lobby
July 26th Beat the Heat – Blizzards to benefit our CMC – Miracle Treat Day
July 28th Halloween in July/Fireworks at the Augusta Greenjackets, 7:05 pm, Lake Olmstead Stadium
July 30th Cleveland Clinic Academy – We are delighted that Drs. Carly Hess and James Stoller will be on campus on July 30th: Dr. Stoller will present (7 am, Lee Auditorium) on “Leadership, Collaboration, and Change in Healthcare” and Dr. Hess will present (Noon, EC 1222) on “The Cleveland Clinic Academy: Why We Built It and What’s Been In It For Us”. Please attend these new offerings.
July 31st Back to School Alcohol Prevention and Awareness Town Hall, 6 pm, Augusta-Richmond County Library – a Collaborative community effort through a contract from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Addictive Diseases/Office of Prevention Services and Programs, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Columbia County Community Connections. Contact a team member at 706-721-8418.
August 1st Class of 2016 Orientation
August 8th Educational Innovation Institutes EAT (Education and Treats), 12 noon, Magnolia Room in Terrace Dining, “Faculty Learning Communities: Communal Professional Development”
September 8th GHSU Family Day/MCG White Coat Ceremony
September 13th MCG Faculty Senate and Richmond County Medical Society New Faculty Reception
September 20th Career Development 101 (CD-101), 8:30-3:00, Alumni Center (
October 20th MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting
Finally, please remember in your thoughts and prayers over this weeked the children, families, and community of Aurora, Colorado who are coping with a great tragedy.

Warm Regards,