MUMC Team Member Honored by Medical College of Georgia

(April 7, 2009) - Patrick Booton, a radiation oncology physicist at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at the Medical College of Georgia. Booton graduated from the program in 1984 and went on to earn a master's degree in radiological physics from Emory University. He has been a Team Member at MUMC for more than 20 years. Booton uses technology and science to plan radiation treatment for people with cancer. He is a two-time cancer survivor himself and is an active fundraiser and supporter of cancer programs at the Curtis and Elizabeth Cancer Institute at MUMC. "My battle with cancer is what got me interested in nuclear medicine. It was the strong influence of the medical physics professors in the program that led me to pursue my master's degree," said Booton. He received a Georgia Medical Society Health Care Hero Award in 2005 and the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute Champion of Cancer Survivorship Award in 2007. In addition to doing radiation treatment planning, Booton is MUMC's radiation safety and laser safety officer and is an instructor at Mercer University School of Medicine. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at the Medical College of Georgia. Booton will be honored at a dinner in Augusta on April 24. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.