Class Notes

Dr. Patrick Scannon, Class of 1976, and his nonprofit Project Recover, which works to make sure soldiers classified as MIAs for decades can be accounted for, brought home and properly buried, were the subject of the documentary To What Remains, which was shown in theaters nationwide Dec. 8.

Dr. Donald Brannan, Class of 1982, has been named one of the 160 gastroenterologists to know by Becker’s Healthcare.

Dr. Walter Curran, Class of 1982, global chief medical officer at GenesisCare, an oncology-care network with more than 380 locations around the world, was featured on the OncLive website.

Dr. Mark Mudano, Class of 1984, an orthopaedic surgeon, has joined the Orthopedic Practice at Southern Regional Physician Management Group, LLC in Riverdale, Georgia. Mudano has a special interest in sports medicine and has been a team physician for numerous high school teams as well as the New York Yankees and their affiliate Tampa Yankees teams.

Dr. Tillman Pearce, Class of 1985, has been appointed chief medical officer at InterVenn Biosciences, which is working on developing novel predictive tests in a range of indications, including ovarian, pancreatic, liver, prostate, lung, kidney and other cancers, as well as on tests for treatment response prediction and monitoring of treatment efficacy and disease progression.

Dr. Rufus Lester “Les” Hixon, Class of 1991, a pediatric cardiologist, has joined Ochsner Baton Rouge (Louisiana’s) Pediatric Cardiology Associates.

Dr. Scott Bohlke, Class of 1992, was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the state’s Healthcare Workforce Commission. The commission was created by Executive Order to tackle the significant challenges facing the health care industry in hiring and retention of workers and will submit a report on their findings by the end of the year. Bohlke is a family medicine physician who practices in Brooklet, Georgia.

Dr. Robert Brunston, Class of 1993, a general surgeon has joined Delta Health-The Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi.

Dr. Jackson Gates, Class of 1992, a pathologist, has opened Georgia’s first general adult medicine and pathology practice in Conyers.

Dr. William Nash, Class of 1992, a family medicine physician, has joined South Georgia Medical Center, based in Valdosta.

Dr. Russell Scheffer, who completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 1996 at MCG and its health system, has been recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year.

Dr. Cynthia Brown, Class of 1997, an internist and pediatrician, has joined Hamilton Physician Group – Calhoun Primary Care in Calhoun, Georgia.

Dr. Scott Rissmiller, Class of 1997, a hospitalist who now serves as executive vice president and chief physician executive at Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the largest non-profit and leading academic health systems in the United States, has been named among Modern Healthcare’s 2022 Top 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for the second consecutive year. The 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives award program honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be paving the way to better health through their executive responsibility, leadership qualities, innovation, community service and achievements inside and outside of their respective organizations.

Dr. Bert Chen, Class of 2000, a urologist at Georgia Urology in Atlanta, has been ranked among the Top Doctors for 2022 by Georgia Trend magazine.

Dr. Brian DeLoach, Class of 2000, a family medicine physician, has joined Statesboro Family Practice in Statesboro, Georgia.

Dr. Matt Roberson, Class of 2000, an orthopaedic surgeon, has joined Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa, Georgia.

Dr. David Wykstra, Class of 2002, a general surgeon, has joined Southwell in Tifton, Georgia and will practice with South Georgia Surgical in Tifton.

Dr. Chad Brown, who completed his dermatology residency at MCG and its health system in 2004, has been named to the Board of Directors at Baptist Health Hardin, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Dr. Derek Williams, Class of 2005, who is chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, has received the 2022 Excellence in Research award from the Society for Hospital Medicine. The SHM’s annual Awards of Excellence honor hospitalists who exemplify hospital medicine best practices in areas such as clinical leadership, teaching, teamwork, research and humanitarian services, among others.

Dr. Kelsey Alexander, Class of 2010, who is a pediatrician, has joined Coastal Care Partners in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Benjamin Broome, Class of 2010, a nephrologist, has been the featured guest on several episodes of the Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist podcast series, which covers a variety of topics, like chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury and hyponatremia.

Dr. Ashley Saucier, Class of 2011, has been named MCG’s Assistant Dean for Evaluation, Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement and will assist with the constant monitoring of the medical school’s curriculum and ensuring that Liaison Committee on Medical Education standards are met. Saucier also is a faculty member in the MCG Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. La Dawn Hackett, Class of 2012, a radiologist, was selected to give the commencement address to graduate studies students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Rajat Singh, Class of 2013, a general cardiologist, has joined Georgia’s Piedmont Heart Institute, with offices in Newnan and Fayette and Rockdale Counties.

Dr. Evan H. Fountain, Class of 2015, a pulmonary/critical care physician, has joined Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pulmonary Medicine and the medical staff and the Brunswick Campus of Southeast Georgia Health System.

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