Rawson, James, M.D.
Associate Member, Clinical Oncology Program
Department Chair, Radiology
Warren Professor, Radiology
GRU Cancer Center
I define a radiologist as a physician who manages the electromagnetic spectrum and ultrasound wave spectrum for the benefit of the patient. Our residents are trained in medical physics, statistics, health policy and economics, in addition to their clinical training. Our intent is to produce a well-rounded radiologist able to function in the changing environment of the American health care system.
The Radiology Department at the Medical College of Georgia represents a unique blend of clinical practice, education and research. The clinical practice consists of both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. We are the region’s Level 1 trauma center, and an ACOS comprehensive cancer center. The department performs approximately 180,000 radiology exams in the MCG Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center combined. An additional 80,000 radiology exams are performed at the Charlie Norwood Augusta VA Medical Center. We also provide teleradiology services to Wills Memorial Hospital—a community hospital in Washington, Georgia, approximately one hour from Augusta. We have just installed Tomosynthesis / 3 D Breast Imaging.
We provide an environment for patient care, medical student and resident learning, as well as clinical and basic science research. Our research facilities include a 7 Tesla Mouse MRI, an optical scanner and our Center for Molecular Chaperones, Radiobiology and Cancer Virology. We pride ourselves on a diverse faculty which works together collegially.
Our mission is to provide patient care and improve the health of our patients. As a faculty we accomplish this in three ways. We provide direct patient care. We also train the next generation of physicians (medical students, residents and fellows). Finally, we generate new knowledge so that the next generation of physicians will have better tools.