(from left): MAG Immediate Past President W. Scott Bohlke, M.D., and William R. Hardcastle, M.D.
Past DMS President Dr. Bill Hardcastle received the Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., Physician Distinguished Service Award for 2013 during the Medical Association of Georgia's (MAG) 159th House of Delegates meeting at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford on October 19. The award is given to a physician for distinguished and meritorious service that reflects credit and honor on MAG.
Dr. Hardcastle has served MAG in a number of leadership roles since he joined the organization in 1972 — including his term as MAG president in 2006-2007.
In nominating him for the award, DMS President Andrea Juliao said that, "Dr. Hardcastle has distinguished himself as a member of the MAG House of Delegates since 1978 — chairing numerous reference committees and speaking eloquently from the floor. He also has served several years as an alternate delegate for the Georgia delegation to the American Medical Association."
Dr. Juliao also pointed out that Dr. Hardcastle "brought MAG stability, vision, a strong work ethic, and his aggressive, proactive leadership style was critical to us as we seek to protect the sanctity of the doctor/patient relationship and the professional and financial interests of our members."
Dr. Hardcastle is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, he is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and he is a member of the medical staff at DeKalb Medical Center — where he has served in a variety of leadership positions, including a two-year term as the chief of staff. He served as DMS president in 1980, and he remains active on the county level.
It is also worth noting that the Decatur resident served as the team physician for the Marist High School football team for more than 30 years — having never missed a home game.
With more than 7,400 members, MAG is the leading voice for the medical profession in Georgia — which includes physicians in every specialty and every practice setting.