MAG honors North Atlanta surgeon with ‘Hardman Cup’

North Atlanta surgeon John S. Harvey, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the recipient of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Lamartine Hardman Cup award for 2020. The award was created to honor physicians who solve a problem in public health or make a discovery in surgery or medicine or a contribution to the science of medicine.

“One only has to read the first few lines of his extensive resume to understand why Dr. Harvey is a worthy candidate for this award,” says Charles B. Gillespie, M.D., the “father” of Georgia’s EMS system who worked with the Medical Association of Atlanta (MAA) to nominate Dr. Harvey for the award. “In addition to being a leading advocate for the state’s trauma care system, Dr. Harvey was instrumental in founding the MAG Medical Reserve Corps – which has been credited with saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Gillespie adds that, “I knew that Dr. Harvey was a gifted general, trauma and burn therapy surgeon, but it also did not take long for me to recognize John’s leadership capabilities and countless contributions to the state’s health care system and medical profession. We collectively owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Dr. Harvey has served as MAG’s president, MAG’s speaker, and MAA’s president. He is the MAG MRC’s medical director, and he has been a volunteer in the Georgia State Defense Force – where he has served both as a colonel and command surgeon – since 2000.

Dr. Harvey has been a surgeon in the Atlanta area for more than 35 years – and for the last five years has been the program director in the Northside Hospital Gwinnett Transitional Year Residency program at Northside Hospital Gwinnett. He has a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and he completed his residency in surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Dr. Harvey lives in Roswell with his wife, Saundra Harvey. He has a son, Matthew, and a grandson, Jackson.

The award was named for Lamartine Hardman, M.D. – who was Georgia’s governor from 1927 to 1931 and was a successful physician, entrepreneur, and farmer from Jackson County.