Class of 2017.

MCG Medicine Spring/Summer 2017 Class Notes

Dr. Charles Williams (’66) and Dr. Walter Curran (’82) have received two of three Gold Medal Awards from the American College of Radiology, the group’s highest honor. Williams, a radiologist in Tallahassee, Florida, specializes in pediatric radiology and breast and diagnostic imaging. He has served on nearly 50 committees and commissions of the ACR. Curran is a radiation oncologist who is executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University.

Dr. Jean Braun (’68), who writes under the pen name “Jean Gottleib Bradley,” has finished her second novel, Journeys of Love Beyond the Crossroads, available on Amazon. Her first novel, published in 2015, was titled At the Crossroad: A Southern Daughter’s Story.

Dr. Hubert Greenway (’74), chairman of Mohs and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, received the Frederic E. Mohs Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery at the college’s annual meeting. Greenway, who was fellowship-trained in Mohs skin cancer surgery by Dr. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, was recognized for his lifetime achievements in promoting Mohs surgery for skin cancer, through teaching, clinical practice, scientific contributions, innovation, mentorship and service.

Dr. Larry Stewart (’79), a well-known physician who has practiced as a pediatrician for 31 years in Middle Georgia and is affiliated with Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, has been named chief medical officer for Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Dr. Matthew Nathan (’81), former surgeon general and chief of the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, has been named interim senior vice president and administrator for the WakeMed Health and Hospitals Raleigh Campus. He will work in partnership with WakeMed’s executive medical director and be responsible for the strategic performance, operations and growth of the Raleigh Campus.

Dr. David Munn (’84) and Dr. Matthew Lyon (’99) were two of only four recipients of Georgia Bio’s 2017 Innovation Awards. Lyon, a professor of emergency medicine at MCG and director of the Center for Ultrasound Education and Research at Augusta University, was recognized for pioneering new applications for ultrasound, including the assessment of traumatic brain injuries. Munn was recognized for his research on tumor immunology and the molecular mechanisms of immune suppression and tolerance. Nearly 20 years ago, he and his research colleague Dr. Andrew Mellor discovered the role of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, or IDO, in fetal survival by helping keep the immune system from seeing the fetus as a foreign object. Their finding that the enzyme is also mimicked and expressed by tumors in an effort to hide themselves from the immune system helped lead to new treatments for cancer.

Dr. George Cleland (’91) was presented with the Elbertonian Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Elbert County Branch, for exemplary service in the medical profession and for providing exceptional medical care to patients in Northeast Georgia. He has practiced general internal medicine in Elberton and Athens.

Dr. Derek Heard (’99), a family medicine physician at Phoebe Primary Care of Albany, was recently honored as the 2017 Phoebe Physician of the Year. The award honors a physician who exemplifies a compassionate commitment to improving the health and well-being of patients in Southwest Georgia. Heard is also a graduate of the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Benjamin Levy (’02) has been named clinical director of medical oncology and medical director of thoracic oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, D.C. He is developing one of the few multispecialty programs for lung cancer in the D.C. region, integrating oncology, surgery, pathology and radiation oncology, and offering the latest clinical trials available at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Kelli Braun (’04), associate professor in the MCG Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named associate dean of admissions at MCG.

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