Joseph Burch

I am sure none of us had any concept of the effect a small RNA virus could have on our lives. As physicians, we have experienced some of the most life-changing effects of COVID-19 as any group in America. Through these uncertain times, I have been both scared but also emboldened to have been given an opportunity to make a difference in my community and deliver essential health care. It’s what we were all trained to do at the Medical College of Georgia. Read more »

Dr. Joseph J. Burch
Class of 1985
President, MCG Alumni Association


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Stethoscopes for First-Year Students


A few months back you heard from 1995 MCG graduate Dr. Alan Smith Stethoscopeabout the MCG Alumni Association’s great initiative to purchase each of our first-year students their first stethoscope.

We received a great response from many MCG alumni but wanted to follow up with you to see if we can also have your support for our students. We all know that a stethoscope is an icon of our profession that remains a mainstay in practice. These stethoscopes carry the additional significance of bearing the seal of your also iconic medical school and its legacy of educating outstanding physicians.

I hope you will choose to support the next generation of MCG graduates and great physicians through this initiative.

For $250, you can fund one stethoscope for one student or you can support more students by increasing your gift. Some MCG alums have contributed $1,000 to benefit four medical students, which is really outstanding.

More information about this program, and how you can make a gift, can be found at If you have questions or would prefer to mail your check, please contact Ralph Alee at 706-721-7343.

Thank you for your support of your medical school.

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January 05, 2021

Dr. Sharon Beall, a 1990 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, has joined the medical school’s Department of Pediatrics, effective January 1, 2021. She earned her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at MCG, where she also served as the pediatric chief resident and then assistant professor of pediatrics. In 1993, she joined […]

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Honoring a Mentor

December 22, 2020

Before going into medicine, Dr. Kay Kramer started her academic career with an undergraduate degree in German. She thoroughly enjoyed studying German language and literature. She even spent time in Germany for a summer program at the University of Nuremburg, which also involved living with a German family. Initially, Kramer thought she might go into […]

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Dr. Steve Kitchen, ’85, retiring as Phoebe CMO; Dr. Kathy Hudson, ’98, named replacement

December 15, 2020

Dr. Steve Kitchen, ’85, CMO of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, since 2014, is retiring at the end of the year. His replacement will be Dr. Kathy Hudson, a 1998 graduate of MCG. Read more here. 

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Dr. David Byck, ’86, died Nov. 19

December 04, 2020

Dr. David Boley Byck, a Savannah, Georgia, OB/GYN and 1986 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, died Nov. 19, 2020. Read Dr. Byck’s obituary.

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A Legacy of Giving

December 01, 2020

Some people’s legacies live far beyond their lives and leave behind them a genuine spirit of goodwill that will be felt for years to come. Rhonda Graybeal passed away in March 2017, but even in death, she continues to be a loyal friend to Augusta University. Her estate recently made a posthumous gift of $58,724.28 […]

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Dr. Frank Butler, ’80, receives ACS Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award

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Retired U.S. Navy Captain Frank K. Butler, Jr., MD, FAAO, FUHM, a 1980 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, received the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award in October, during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the College’s virtual Clinical Congress 2020, one of the largest international meetings […]

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