It was recently brought to the attention of our Executive Committee that the MCMS has never established a formal way of properly recognizing the service and dedication of its members. In an effort to rectify this, the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to create an Outstanding Service Award to honor a deserving member of our society. Upon further discussion, we felt compelled to officially name the award the John D. Watson, Jr., M.D. Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of Dr. Watson?s tireless commitment and dedication to organized medicine on both the local and state levels. I had the distinct privilege of presenting Dr. Watson with the inaugural award at our meeting on September 28th.

Dr. Watson has been a fixture in our medical community since 1967. During those years he has served in nearly every capacity in the society from MAG Delegate to President. At the state level, he served as President of the Medical Association of Georgia and as a Delegate to the AMA. He was Chair and CEO of the MAG Foundation for 20 years. Thoroughly dedicated to his own specialty, he served as President of the Georgia Radiologic Society and the American College of Nuclear Medicine. At his core, Dr. Watson clearly embodies the very essence of this award, which states "For his exemplary service to the medical community and his commitment to the practice of medicine in Muscogee County and the Columbus area." It is with great enthusiasm that we were able to establish this award in his honor and will recognize one of our very own outstanding physicians each year.

Congratulations Dr. Watson!

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