MAG ‘Top Docs’ show with Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., now online

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A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. – who won a May 16 runoff election for the Georgia Senate District 32 to become the fifth physician to serve in the current General Assembly – is now available online. She discussed her legislative goals and her views on health care reform.

Sen. Kirkpatrick believes that, “The health care challenges we face in Georgia include ensuring that patients who live in rural areas and otherwise underserved populations have access to the care they need.” 

She also says that, “I want to explore ways to manage the Medicaid program in a more effective way, including using a more proactive approach to managing chronic disease.”

Sen. Kirkpatrick stresses that, “We need to empower individual patients, and we need to increase competition within the health care insurance arena.” 

Finally, Sen. Kirkpatrick says that, “It is imperative to ramp up our efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin overdose epidemics in the state, which have taken an especially heavy toll on our young people.”

Dr. Kirkpatrick practiced as 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 Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (link to MRC website) – which was formed to respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks in the state. 

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s district stretches from east Cobb County to Sandy Springs. She succeeds Sen. Judson Hill, who ran for the 6th U.S. Congressional District seat that was vacated by Rep. Tom Price, M.D., who became the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.   

“The Medical Association of Georgia is extremely proud and congratulates Dr. Kirkpatrick on her victory,” says MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D. “I also hope that she inspires other physicians to run for elected office.”

The other physicians who are serving in Georgia’s General Assembly include Rep. Mark Newton, M.D. (R-Augusta), Rep. Betty Price, M.D. (R-Roswell), Rep. Sen. Dean Burke, M.D. (R-Bainbridge), and Sen. Ben Watson, M.D. (R-Savannah).  

MAG sponsors the ‘Top Docs’ program at 12 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Between downloads and live listeners, MAG's ‘Top Docs’ show has reached more than 12,500 listeners – which includes people in all 50 states and 84 countries.

MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Health Care Research, a subsidiary of Alliant Health Solutions. 

Contact Dr. Kirkpatrick at kay.kirkpatrick@senate.ga.gov or 404.656.0150

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Click for Sen. Kirkpatrick’s website