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J. Harold Harrison, M.d. Education Commons

MCG Medicine Spring/Summer 2015 Class Notes

Dr. Jerome Siegel (’60), New York City, received the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s 2014 Rudolph V. Schindler Award, the highest honor given to one of its members for contributions to gastrointestinal endoscopy. The award also honored Siegel’s service to the capital campaign of the society’s foundation. The campaign funded the society’s own office complex and the state-of-the-art Information and Technology Center where endoscopists and fellows can attend hands-on courses to hone their skills in endoscopy.

Dr. Phil Gingrey (’69) is a Senior Advisor for the Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group of Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. Based in Washington, D.C., Gingrey works closely with the District Policy Group, the firm’s boutique lobbying, public policy, and advocacy practice. Gingrey recently completed a 12-year tenure as a U.S. representative serving Georgia’s 11th congressional district.

Dr. Randy Smith (’70), an Augusta, Georgia, plastic surgeon, has been inducted into The Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame.

Dr. Troy Guthrie (’71) practices at Baptist Oncology Specialists in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in cancers of the brain, spine, kidney, prostate, head, neck, breast, lung, and skin. He also offers immunotherapy for cancer, hematologic malignancies, and chemotherapy administration.

Dr. Jerry Miller (’76) published his biography, The Burden of Being a Champ (Campeador Press, 2014), chronicling his journey from childhood (a “foggy boy called Champ” who almost flunked elementary school) to a long career as a pediatrician in Augusta. The book is available on Amazon.com.

Dr. Arthur C. Fleischer (’77), a radiologist specializing in ultrasound at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, is included in the 2015 edition of The Leading Physicians of the World, an annual publication for selecting and documenting top doctors. The publication educates and informs patients while highlighting the professional accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of its members.

Dr. Kim Collins (’89), Charleston, South Carolina, has received the College of American Pathologists’ 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Collins is Medical Director of LifePoint Inc., South Carolina’s organ and tissue donation procurement service.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef (’87) has been elected First Vice President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Executive Committee. Plagenhoef is President of Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group P.C. in Dothan, Alabama, and is on the medical staff of Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Hampton Groover (’90) received the physician of the Year Specialist Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Groover is an internist associated with Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

Dr. Lora Efaw (’91) practices family medicine at the Center of Healing and Wellness in Tifton, Georgia, and is board certified in integrative holistic medicine.

Dr. Lori Wagner (’94) has received the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Louisville College of Medicine in recognition of innovations and accomplishments in graduate medical education.

Dr. D. Stephen Goggans (’97) is Director for the East Central Public Health District in Augusta, Georgia. Goggans assumed leadership of the 13-county district in January.

Dr. William “Jay” McAfee (’05) has been named to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in Albany, Georgia. McAfee is a radiation oncologist with Radiation Oncology Associates at the Phoebe Cancer Center.

Dr. Adrian Strickland (’06) is board certified in internal medicine and practices at Internal Medicine Associates Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dr. Michael James McCoy (’77), Washington, D.C., is the inaugural Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The appointment reflects the agency’s shift toward improving the interoperability of electronic health-records systems. McCoy, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, oversees the office’s clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters.

Dr. Kathryn Cheek (’82), a pediatrician in Columbus, Georgia, has been reappointed to the Georgia State Board of Public Health. Dr. Kenneth Fuller (’83) has received the 2014 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award from the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. This award honors outstanding teaching abilities based on quality, consistency, student evaluations in the clinical teaching setting, and the number of MCG students mentored.

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia (’97), Medical Director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, has published The 21-Day Belly Fix (Random House LLC, 2014), available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Dr. Jeremy Wells (’07) is an oncologist at University Oncology in Augusta, Georgia.

Dr. Logan Fields (’08) is an orthopedic surgeon at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic in Athens, Georgia.

Dr. Justin “Mac ” Vining (’08), a pediatric cardiologist, practices at the Phoebe Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Albany, Georgia.

Dr. Mark Floyd (’08) joined the Harbin Clinic’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practice in Rome, Georgia.

Dr. Katherine Herzog (’08) is a staff pediatrician at the Center for Pediatrics at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia. Herzog is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ping Lady (’09) is a general surgeon with Affinity Medical Group in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she provides general surgical services and specializes in minimally invasive robotic, vascular, and hernia surgery.

Dr. Karen Wood (’10) practices at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Lakeside OB/GYN in Gainesville, Georgia.

Dr. Brian McNiece (’11) practices at Harbin Clinic’s Family Medicine practice in Rome, Georgia.

Dr. Ashley Foster (’12) is completing a pediatric hematology/ oncology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Jack Benton (’12) is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia Highlands College in Dallas, Georgia.

Dr. Mark Snoddy (’12) is completing an orthopedics residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jessica Cabbe (’14) will begin a dermatology residency at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, in June. Cabbe was valedictorian of her classes at MCG, the University of Georgia (2010), and The Walker School (2006) in Marietta, Georgia.

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