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Chad Ray, MD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Chad Ray, MD

Interim Section Chief, Associate Professor | Augusta University


His interests include maternal mortality & global women's health initiatives. He also provides insight into COVID-19's impact on pregnancy.






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Dr. Ray joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 2006. After undergraduate education at the College of Charleston, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He practiced retail pharmacy in Aiken, South Carolina and hospital pharmacy at the MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina before returning to medical school. He graduated from the MUSC College of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Ray is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program where he was Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Ray is the Residency Program Director for the department. His interests include maternal mortality, global women's health initiatives, and workforce solutions for women's health.

Areas of Expertise (7)


Workforce Solutions for Women's Health

Global Women's Health

Women's Health Advocacy

Maternal Mortality

Women's Health Initiatives


Accomplishments (5)

2017 Best Doctors: Augusta Magazine

2017 Best Doctors, Inc.

2015 Best Doctors: Augusta Magazine

2015 Best Doctors, Inc.

MCG Exemplary Teaching Award for Undergraduate Medical Education

2015 MCG Academic Affairs, Faculty Development

"Caught in the Act of Great Teaching" Award

2015 MCG Academic and Faculty Affairs, Faculty Development

APGO Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

2014 Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics

Education (5)

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Diplomate 2009

Georgia Composite Board of Medical Examiners: Medicine and Surgery, Georgia 2004

Medical University of South Carolina: M.D., Medicine 2002

Medical University of South Carolina: B.S., Pharmacy 1997

South Carolina Department of LLR: Registered Pharmacist 1997

Media Appearances (4)

Food as medicine: New Food Farmacy opens in Augusta to help pregnant, postpartum women

Augusta Chronicle  print


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Georgia has one of the worst maternal and fetal mortality rates in the country. While there is no quick fix to the problem, there are some steps being taken in the Augusta area to help pregnant and postpartum women with a new Food Farmacy program. Dr. Chad Ray, professor in the Medical College of Georgia‘s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Marlo Vernon, associate professor for the Georgia Prevention Institute at MCG, have teamed up with Augusta Locally Grown at the Hub for Community Innovation to provide mothers and expectant mothers with not only fresh produce, but also other healthy activities, such as meeting with nutritionists, free in-person cooking classes and more.

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Maternal mortality high in Georgia, across the country

News Channel 6  online


Augusta University Medical Center's OB and Gynecology Specialist, Dr. Chadburn Ray, says he's seen an increase in the past decade in women dying while pregnant or within a year after giving birth. "The most dangerous time in the pregnancy is in the hours and day immediately after the delivery," he said. "There are three problems. The patient, the provider, the system."

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In much of rural Georgia, maternal healthcare is disappearing

Atlanta Magazine  online


Money is a big issue, says Dr. Chadburn Ray, associate professor of OB/GYN at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. From 2002 to 2012, the percentage of Georgia medical school students graduating with more than $200,000 in debt increased from just three percent to 30 percent. Meanwhile, the average starting salary for primary care (including OB/GYN) in 2012 was just over $168,000, compared to $231,000 for all other specialties. “When you’ve got a massive loan burden and you know you can make significantly more money in a different specialty, or even a subspecialty like reproductive endocrinology, it makes general OB/GYN a tough sell,” he says.

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New program aims to prepare more doctors for baby deliveries

Athens Banner-Herald  online


The Georgia Center for Obstetrics Re-entry Program allows someone who has been out of practice to work under an experienced OB/GYN to relearn some skills. It also enables them to get a program tailored to what they need to return to the practice, including supervised clinical experiences or even simulations. “This is not a program about retraining,” Ray said. “This is a program about refreshing, being able to knock the rust off of the processes with which you take care of patients and deliver babies.”

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