The Georgia Trauma Foundation
The Georgia Trauma Foundation is the only independently funded, non-affiliated trauma foundation focused on conducting vital research to drive trauma education and prevention. The GTF was established and continues to be supported by funding made available through the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and other generous donations. Established in 2007, the commission works to address the lack of adequate trauma centers or an organized trauma network in Georgia.
To help all Georgia communities become places where:
Trauma injuries can
All unpreventable injuries
can be minimized
All trauma patients receive quality
care at a designated trauma center
And to establish a replicable business model that empowers other state trauma organizations to create similar communities.
To support trauma systems throughout Georgia in delivering quality trauma care through:
Meet Our Team
Fred Mullins, MD
Dr. Robert F. Mullins is a Specialist in Burn, Wound Care, and General Surgery, and is a practicing physician on staff at Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta. He also treats the special needs of pediatric and general burn care patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital.
Dr. Mullins, an Augusta native with family members in the medical field, has had an interest in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center from an early age. He graduated from Augusta College and went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science in the Physician Assistant Program. He worked with the burn center as a physician assistant for one year, during which he was mentored and encouraged to go on to medical school by Dr. Joe Still, the founder of the burn center and the owner of a private practice of physicians working in the burn center. Dr. Still inspired him to pursue the position of Medical Director when Dr. Still retired.
Dr. Mullins went back to the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his Medical Degree in 1996. He did his internship and completed his General Surgery residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in 2001, and returned to the private practice of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., as a burn surgeon.
Dr. Mullins became the Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in July, 2004, when Dr. Still had to retire from active practice due to health problems. He also serves as President of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., which has five clinics in the Southeast: the original in Augusta, a full-service burn unit in Brandon, Ms., and outpatient clinics in Austell, Ga., Valdosta, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
Dr. Mullins focus is to carry on the legacy of Dr. Still and continue to provide the best possible care to all patients. It is the policy of the Burn Center to never refuse patients, regardless of their personal circumstances. The continued trend of downsizing, lean budgets, and managed care in the medical community makes this both a challenge and a mission.
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., is the largest unit in the country. A team of physicians and other specialists provide for the overall needs of the patient, not just the burn wounds. The unit is usually full, with helicopters flying patients in from throughout the Southeast. It is also not unusual for the Burn Center to fund patients from third world countries who need specialized care, including arrangements for housing and transportation. It addition, the Advanced Wound Management Center (part of the Burn Center) sees a multitude of outpatient burn and wound care patients daily.
Robert S. Cowles III, MD
Dr. Cowles has over 25 years of experience as a specialist in urological disorders and disease. His skill as a clinician and surgical innovator attracts patients from the Atlanta region and across the country for treatment to the Cowles Clinic Center for Urology, which he founded. This clinic accomplishes his vision of transforming rural healthcare by creating greater access to the highest quality of medical care.
Dr. Cowles’ medical practice originated in Atlanta where he became a nationally known healthcare expert, lecturer and author on urological medicine. In 2002, he relocated to the Lake Oconee area becoming one of the few specialists serving the local community. In 2004, Dr. Cowles founded the multispecialty campus, Cowles Clinic, for the delivery of expert healthcare and technology to the Lake Oconee region and beyond. He has assembled a growing team of leading physicians that work in concert to diagnose and treat disease.
The Georgia Center for Total Cancer Care at Cowles Clinic opened in December 2006 as a regional treatment center. Dr. Cowles years of expertise in urological cancer created the desire to bring state-of-the-art treatment to the campus. The 11,000 square foot, dedicated facility delivers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, genetic counseling and a full range of patient wellness services. All types of cancer are treated. The opening of this center has ended the stress and expense of long commutes to distant treatment facilities that had formerly been endured by Lake Oconee cancer patients. Now, the most advanced level of care is delivered on a level normally only available at top metropolitan cancer centers.
Dr. Cowles’ personal practice, Cowles Clinic Center for Urology, continues to grow in patient volume and services provided.
Cowles Clinic is accomplishing Dr. Cowles’ vision of transforming rural healthcare by creating greater access to the highest quality of medical care. Common, chronic and acute health concerns are addressed in a time efficient manner at a reduced cost to the patient by having all services available close to home on one medical campus. With the establishment of the Executive Health Program in January 2007, Cowles Clinic has become a select healthcare destination and international resource. This premier program is providing comprehensive physical evaluations by the expert Cowles Clinic medical team for top level executives on a global scale.
John. C. Bleacher, MD
John C. Bleacher, MD, is a graduate of Wright State University, where he received his Doctrine of Medicine. He trained in General Surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Bleacher has been practicing for 20 years, with the last 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia, at Pediatric, Adolescent Surgical Associates, P.C. and Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, ranked one the of top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
Dr. Bleacher’s clinical interests include pediatric trauma, neonatal and pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology and neonatal surgery. Dr. Bleacher is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director of Trauma and Section Chief General Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Bleacher is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery.
Regina Medeiros, DNP
Since 1994, Regina has served in the Department of Surgery at Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She first served as the Trauma Programs Manager and most recently as the Trauma Programs Director. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and the College of Nursing at Augusta University.
Regina received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and continued her career at the Medical College of Georgia in their Clinical Nurse Intensivist Program. She later received her Masters of Health Services Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina followed by her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Augusta University College of Nursing.
An active contributor in the medical community, Regina has held leadership positions for numerous committees, research grants, non-profit organizations and educational programs. A few of her community contributions include co-founding the Trauma Associates of Georgia, a non-profit organization created for the purpose of sharing and utilizing Georgia trauma resources to educate trauma care professionals across the state, and actively presenting Trauma Prevention Programs to grades K-12. Regina also serves as a Consultant and Surveyor for the Georgia Department of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma.
A recipient of the “Nurse Hero” recognition from the American Red Cross in 2013, Regina also authored a “Top 10 Article” in the Journal of Trauma Nursing, among many other published writings. Other professional interests include trauma systems development, data quality, performance improvements and education.
Lori Mabry gained valuable experience working through the ranks of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation after graduating from Georgia State University as a Communications Major. Starting as an intern, Lori was hired as Programs Assistant in 2006 and later served as Special Events Coordinator and Resource Development. She continued to manage many other responsibilities there until leaving in 2013 to become the Director of the Georgia Trauma Foundation.Read Lori's Story