I was born in Augusta, GA on February 24, 1946. Following undergraduate studies at Emory University, I received my M.D. degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1970. While completing a Straight Medical Internship at the Medical College of Georgia, I was drafted into the U.S. Navy. I served as a medical officer during a year of sea duty followed by a year at the Coronado Naval Base in California. After my time in the Navy, I received my postgraduate training in Pathology at the University of Virginia (1973-1978). From 1978 to 2001, I participated in a private group practice of Pathology in Macon, GA.