Dr. M. Gage Ochsner, co-founder of Ochsner Institute, dies at age 59

Dr. Ochsner

M. Gage Ochsner, MD, FACS, chief of trauma and surgical critical care at Memorial University Hospital and professor of surgery and academic chair, department of surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, GA, passed away earlier this year at age 59. He was the co-founder of Savannah’s M. Gage Ochsner Institute for Injury Research and Prevention—a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who research, identify, and educate the community on the leading causes of preventable injury.

Dr. Ochsner played a significant role in developing Georgia’s statewide trauma system and was a valued member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (2010–2013). Dr. Ochsner served as Chair of the Navy Committee on Trauma (1992–1995) and as Region Chief of the COT Military Region (1995–2000). He also served two terms as Treasurer of the Georgia Society of the ACS (2006–2008 and 1999–2001). An active member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress for 17 years, Dr. Ochsner served as the organization’s second vice-president, councilor-at-large, and rounding professor for papers.

Carl R. Boyd, MD, FACS, professor, department of surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine, announced that he is dedicating his recently published book, Echoes from the Operating Room: Vignettes in Surgical History, to Dr. Ochsner, and will donate all proceeds from book sales to the Ochsner Institute. To order a copy of the book online or make a donation to the Ochsner Institute, visit the Memorial Health Foundation website.

Dr. Ochsner is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judy Rochelle Ochsner, his daughter, Julia Katherine Ochsner, Chicago, IL, and his two sons, Mims G. Ochsner III (Trey); and Matthew Cousins Ochsner, both of Savannah. He is also survived by his mother, Paddy Cousins Ochsner.

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