ASSH Member Joins Georgia Senate

Kay Kirkpatrick, MD, wins District 32 Senate seat

On May 16, ASSH Member Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick was elected as the Georgia State Senator of District 32, which covers east Cobb county and a section of Fulton county.  Dr. Kirkpatrick is the first female orthopaedist in a state legislature, as well as the 2nd female Republican and 3rd physician in Georgia’s Senate history.  A longstanding leader in the orthopaedic community, Dr. Kirkpatrick has been involved in advocacy at increasing levels of responsibility throughout her career.

Dr. Kirkpatrick brings exceptional leadership experience and an expansive and impressive history of direct patient care – over three decades’ worth – to her Senate seat, having served twelve years as the Co-President of Resurgens Orthopaedics, one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices.  What’s more, she is a member-at-large of the ASSH Council, immediate past President of the Georgia Orthopedic Society and Executive Director of Resurgens Charitable Foundation.  She believes that her unique combination of skills and experience will help her state flourish. 
 
The District 32 Senate seat opened as a result of Dr. Tom Price’s appointment to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, coinciding seamlessly with Dr. Kirkpatrick’s planned retirement from clinical practice to shift her focus to patient safety consultation.  On April 18, Dr. Kirkpatrick ran as a Republican against 7 candidates in a special election, followed by a runoff election on May 16 against Democrat Christine Triebsch.  Dr. Kirkpatrick won the race, 57 percent to 43 percent, and will begin her legislative duties this coming January.
 
Dr. Kirkpatrick is married to Dr. Tom Haltom, an emergency room doctor, and they have two children, both in graduate school.  In her spare time, Dr. Kirkpatrick delivers pet therapy as a team leader at the Ronald McDonald House and enjoys golf.  The American Society for Surgery of the Hand would like to congratulate Dr. Kirkpatrick on her achievements and wishes her continued success as she works towards the betterment of the state of Georgia.