Class Notes and In Memoriam MCG Medicine Fall 20/Winter 21

Class Notes

Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, ’79, of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists P.C. has been named a 2020 Top Patient Rated Atlanta Plastic Surgeon by Find Local Doctors, an online directory that helps consumers connect with local physicians who are qualified and reputable.

Dr. Laurel King, ’81, a gynecologic oncologist, has joined the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Zachary Taylor, ’82, has been appointed to lead District 2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, serving Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

Dr. William Bostock, ’83, a graduate of the MCG Family Medicine Residency Program, has been appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Dr. Linda McKibben, ’83, a former pediatric medical officer/clinical reviewer in the Division of Vaccines and Related Products at the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), has joined NDA Partners as an expert consultant. NDA Partners is a life sciences management consulting and contract development organization focused on providing product development and regulatory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

Dr. Theodore T. Faber, ’85, has joined the SOC Neurology Leadership Council. Created for the advancement of remote neurology care, the council includes a group of renowned, board-certified neurologists who aim to set standards for industry leadership, patient care, outcome measurement and overall quality.

Dr. Scott Kelly, ’96, has been appointed chief medical officer and head of business development for CytoDyn, a late-stage biotechnology company developing leronlimab (PRO 140), which belongs to a new class of therapeutics called viral-entry inhibitors and is one of the most advanced experimental monoclonal antibodies for HIV treatment.

Dr. Elizabeth Taghechian, ’98, of Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., was recognized as a “2020 Top Doctor” in Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Kevin Daly, ’02, a radiologist, has joined UMass Memorial Medical Group in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dr. Jeffrey Blackmon, ’03, has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates in LaFayette, Georgia.

Dr. Jason H. Smith, ’03, has joined St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Georgia, as the system’s new chief medical officer for its three acute care facilities and St. Mary’s Medical Group.

Dr. Justin Baker, ’04, has been appointed to the Colquitt County Hospital Authority, the governing board of Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, Georgia.

Dr. Clark Connell, ’04, has been picked to lead the emergency medicine team at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia.

Dr. Beck McAllister, ’06, has joined Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center and Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine – High Point. McAllister specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic spine surgery and nonsurgical treatments for patients dealing with back and neck problems.

Dr. Brian Adams, ’09, spine interventionalist, who is board certified in anesthesiology, interventional pain management and addiction medicine, has joined Spine Center, Atlanta.

Dr. Christen Pirkle, ’11, has joined Harbin Clinic Family Medicine in Cartersville, Georgia as an internist.

Dr. David Love, ’14, who specializes in spine surgery, has joined Georgia Bone and Joint, in Newnan and Peachtree City.

Dr. Rachel Hunt, ’16, joined Hometown Pediatrics in Watkinsville, Georgia.

Dr. Sonya Rice Thompson, ’16, an OB/GYN, has joined the Women’s Health Center team at Winona Health, in Winona, Minnesota.


In Memoriam

Dr. Chenault William Hailey, ’56, former president of the MCG Alumni Association and MCG Foundation, died July 1, 2020.

After graduating from MCG, Hailey interned at Grady Memorial Hospital and completed his residency in dermatology at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1961. Following residency, he moved to Atlanta and established his medical practice, formerly Hailey, Brody, Casey & Wray, now called Atlanta Dermatology.

He had a long, distinguished career serving patients in the Atlanta community. He was clinical instructor of medicine and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Emory School of Medicine. Hailey served as president of the Georgia Society of Dermatologists (1975), the Atlanta Dermatological Association (1978), the Southern Medical Association, Dermatology Section (1978), and served on the boards of the MCG Alumni Association (1984-90) and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation (1987-90).

He served on the MCG Presidential Search Committee in 1983 and was a board member of the Georgia Composite Board of Medical Examiners from 1997-99.

Dr. Robert Fredrick “Fred” Mullins, ’96, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center based at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, died June 14, 2020.

Mullins first worked in the Burn Unit as a physician assistant and, with the encouragement of founding center director Still, a 1965 MCG graduate, came to medical school at MCG.

Mullins was president and CEO of the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America. A leader in the world of burn care, he served two terms as vice chair of the Georgia Trauma Commission and was a founding member and chair of the Georgia Trauma Foundation. He was active with various other groups, including the JMS Research Foundation, the BRCA Foundation and the Burn Foundation of America.

Michael Geoffrey Thames, 36, father of Jake, Celia and Graham and husband of Lindsey, died March 29, 2020. Mike and his amazing family were on the cover of the Fall 18/Winter 19 issue of MCG Medicine magazine, sharing their story about what would become a four-year fight with a rare leukemia. Mike and his family’s battle cry was “Fight Like Mike,” and they fought as hard and as brave as anyone could. Even as they fought, they provided support for all patients and families fighting cancer. They made a significant gift to support cancer research. In addition, they provided food to the faculty and staff who cared for them including a Thanksgiving week visit from Lindsey.

We thank Mike’s family for sharing him with us and with you, and hope that time will bring them peace.

Dr. Emory W. Holloway Jr., ’60, Dec. 15
Dr. Nicholas J. Quinif, ’78, Dec. 17
Dr. Francis W. Coleman, ’67, Jan. 3
Dr. Victor R. Gullatt, ’55, Jan. 4
Dr. John L. Hughes, ’59, Jan. 8
Dr. Irving Victor, ’45, Jan. 8
Dr. Joseph E. Greene, ’49, Jan. 18
Dr. Conrad V. Wynne Jr., ’78, Jan. 19
Dr. James C. Metts Jr., ’55, Jan. 20
Dr. LeRoy F. Smith Jr., ’60, Jan. 29
Dr. Trevor G. Williams, ’48, Jan. 31
Dr. William K. Fitzpatrick Jr., ’52, Feb. 22
Dr. James T. Atkins, ’51, Feb. 24
Dr. Richard G. Hutchinson, ’59, Feb. 27
Dr. David A. Justice, ’66, Feb. 28
Dr. Irby L. Lindsey Jr., ’61, Feb. 29
Dr. Forest D. Jones, ’49, March 1
Dr. Charles G. Johnson, ’55, March 2
Dr. Milton B. Satcher Jr., ’56, March 13
Dr. Hugh E. Gleaton Jr., ’65, March 17
Dr. Homer S. Patterson Jr., ’61, March 27
Dr. Leslie L. Wilkes Jr., ’65, April 4
Dr. Robert L. Steele, ’72, April 5
Dr. Andrew J. Whitaker, ’54, April 6
Dr. Sol J. Hazan, ’53, April 9
Dr. William F. Lindsey, ’54, April 11
Dr. Stephen M. Jordan, ’69, April 15
Dr. Roy W. Vandiver, ’59, April 15
Dr. Victor A. Moore III, ’48, April 24
Dr. Howell J. Martin, ’65, April 29
Dr. Thomas P. Harden, ’67, May 1
Dr. James W. Burnham Jr., ’55, May 5
Dr. Jack R. Edgens, ’65, May 14
Dr. Albert S. Hollingsworth Jr., ’68, May 31
Dr. Floyd H. Sanders, ’66, June 5
Dr. Tessa E. Smith, ’06, June 9
Dr. Dempsey S. Brown Jr., ’67, June 18
Dr. John L. Williams, ’61, July 4
Dr. A. Bleakley Chandler Sr., ’48, July 17
Dr. Lex A. Simpson, ’78, July 24
Dr. Van B. Saye, Jr., ’54, Aug. 1
Dr. Kenneth D. Jones Sr. ’60, Aug. 2
Dr. Allyn C. Johnson Jr., ’52, Aug. 20
Dr. Henri D. Clarke, ’58, Aug. 22
Dr. Larry J. O’Brien, ’71, Sept. 1
Dr. William J. Atha Jr., ’58, Sept. 6
Dr. William H. Meeks Sr., ’61, Sept. 6
Dr. John K. Burns, ’47, Sept. 11
Dr. Glenn J. Bridges Jr., ’60, Sept. 14
Dr. Hugh F. Smisson Jr., ’57, Sept. 24
Dr. William A. Morris, ’61, Oct. 3
Dr. James R. Clay, ’53, Oct. 4
Dr. Wallace W. Fleetwood, ’53, Oct. 5
Dr. Melvin Spira, ’56, Oct. 8
Dr. John Satterthwaite, ’75, Nov. 2
Dr. Earl W. Hutchins, ’75, Nov. 14
Dr. David Byck, ’86, Nov. 19




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