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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November 23, 2020

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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Dr. James R. Roberts, former pediatrics resident, appointed to advisory board

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Melvin Spira, MD DDS, ’56, died

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Dr. Melvin Spira passed away on October 8, 2020 in Carlsbad, CA. He was born in Chicago, IL on July 3, 1925. After college, he graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1947 and served in the US Navy Dental Corps. He soon realized that his true passion was medicine and returned to school, graduating […]

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A Life of Perseverance

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Dr. Marlene Rosenkoetter often noted that her life motto was summed in one word—perseverance. She started taking piano lessons from her aunt in St Louis, Missouri before she was 10 years old. There is one remarkable caveat to the story – while her aunt was in St. Louis, Marlene lived in Forrest, Illinois. Imagine, every […]

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Dr. William Morris, ’61, died Oct. 3

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William A. Morris, M.D., 85, of Spartanburg, SC, died Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. Dr. Morris was a flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Morris was a retired surgeon with Surgical Associates after 40 years and […]

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