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A retired Savannah allergist/immunologist who hosted many MCG students at his practice; a young urologic surgeon who specializes in sexual medicine and prosthetic urology; a retired Albany surgeon and dedicated volunteer who moved back to his hometown in Southwest Georgia to practice solo; and the late physician who helped start several important health care resources in Augusta were the recipients of the 2023 MCG Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Dr. Melvin Haysman, a 1971 graduate and retired allergist/immunologist from Savannah who served as past president of the MCG Alumni Association and on the MCG Foundation Board of Directors. During his presidency year, the MCG alumni association launched several programs, including the Help Our Students Travel (HOST) program and Dinner with 12 Strangers, a program in which an alum hosts incoming first-year medical students.




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Dr. Van Cise Knowles, a 1966 graduate and longtime general surgeon in Albany whose contributions as a medical missionary earned him the 2007 Surgical Volunteerism Award from the American College of Surgeons, is the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement.



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2008 MCG graduate Dr. Sherita King, a urologic surgeon specializing in male and female sexual medicine and prosthetic urology, who also happens to have been a track star at Evans High School and at UGA, where she is still in the top 10 for speed in the 55, 100 and 200 meter dash, is the 2023 Outstanding Young Alumnus.



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The late Dr. Daniel Sullivan, a 1949 graduate who practiced surgical oncology in Augusta and was a longtime medical leader here including helping start important community resources like St. Joseph Hospice and our Georgia Radiation Therapy Center, was posthumously honored as the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus.





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