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Williamson receives highest physician honor from Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
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Josh Brown
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ATLANTA – Margaret Williamson, MD, an infectious disease physician at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, is the 2020 recipient of the E. Napier "Buck" Burson, Jr., MD, Physician Award of Distinction. The award is the highest honor for physician service at the hospital.

The Burson Award, named for the former chief of staff at Saint Joseph’s and a leader in the field of gastroenterology, is presented annually to doctors for their adherence to the Mercy philosophy and contribution to the Mercy mission in Atlanta, for their contribution to the quality of medicine practiced at Emory Saint Joseph’s and for their leadership role as a member of the medical staff.

This was the 31th year for the Burson award. Williamson was presented the award earlier this month. At the same ceremony, the entire medical staff at Emory Saint Joseph’s was recognized as the recipient of the 2021 award for their contributions during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

"As an infectious disease physician at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Williamson played an important role in caring for our patients throughout the pandemic as well as during her years of service at the hospital," says Heather Dexter, CEO of Emory Saint Joseph’s. "We recognize her with the Burson Award for those excellent contributions to medicine and for being a model for the compassion and care we strive to provide our patients and community."

Williamson received her medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine at University of Texas, Southwestern, and an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Emory.

She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. Williamson began practicing at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 2004 after joining Georgia Infectious Diseases, a private physician practice.

"It's my great honor to receive this award from my colleagues and the community here at Emory Saint Joseph's, which has played such an important role in my career," Williamson says. "I am filled with gratitude for this distinction and for the privilege to work alongside so many outstanding individuals."

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