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Plane crash in Dawson County claims life of Emory surgeon

Jack Culbertson served as a faculty member in Emory School of Medicine's Department of Surgery for more than 25 years.

A message fromExecutive Vice President for Health Affairs Wright Caughman:  

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. John "Jack" Culbertson was killed on Monday, Dec. 2 when the airplane he was piloting went down in North Georgia.  

On behalf of all of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center faculty and staff, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Culbertson's family. We do not know the circumstances surrounding the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.  

Dr. Culbertson served as associate professor within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for more than 25 years. He was a member of multiple national societies and served as chief of plastic surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Culbertson contributed to numerous publications and textbooks and lectured nationally and internationally. In addition, he travelled to Navajo reservations for many years to provide instruction and perform surgery.    

We will provide details regarding services as they are available.   

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