MAG member wins election to become 5th physician in legislature

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The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is pleased to announce that one of its members, Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., won a May 16 runoff election for the Georgia Senate District 32 and will become the fifth physician to serve in the current General Assembly.

“The Medical Association of Georgia is extremely proud and congratulates Dr. Kirkpatrick on her victory,” says MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D. “MAG would also like to thank and applaud every physician who supported her throughout her campaign.”

Dr. Walsh stresses that, “MAG’s strategic plan has and will continue to call for more physicians to be elected to the General Assembly, so this was a significant development – and what I hope, and believe, is the beginning of a trend.”  

He adds that, “It is imperative for physicians to have a voice in the state’s legislative process, so I hope that Dr. Kirkpatrick’s election inspires other physicians to run for elected office.”

Dr. Kirkpatrick received 57 percent of the vote. 

Dr. Kirkpatrick was an orthopedic surgeon in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years, she served as the president of Resurgens Orthopedics, and she is a member of the MAG Medical Reserve Corps – which is prepared to respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks in the state.    

Dr. Kirkpatrick is a Republican.   

Georgia Senate District 32 stretches from east Cobb County to Sandy Springs. Dr. Kirkpatrick will succeed Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), who ran for the 6th U.S. Congressional District seat that was vacated by Rep. Tom Price, M.D., when he was nominated (and later confirmed) to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.   

Click for Dr. Kirkpatrick’s website