Lia Bruner

Associate Professor

Lia Bruner

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Family Medicine


Dr. Bruner is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. She earned her B.S. with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. As a Rhodes Scholar, she attended the University of Oxford (England), where she earned a B.A. in Physiological Sciences. Upon returning to the United States, she received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bruner has a wide range of family medicine clinical experience both in urban clinics and in small-town settings. In addition, Dr. Bruner has held multiple academic appointments at other institutions.

  • (706) 713-2217
  • UGA Health Sciences Campus, Russell Hall, Room 235 K


  • MD, Medicine Harvard University, 2001

  • BA, Physiological Sciences University of Oxford, 1997

  • BA, Chemical Engineering Iowa State University of Scien, 1995


  • PHY GA Composite Medical Board, 2017

Awards & Honors

  • 2024 Exceptional Mentor Award American Medical Women's Association, 2024

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 2023 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2023

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Inductee from the Athens Campus of the Medical College of Georgia Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2023

  • AY2021/22 MCG Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, 2023

  • Gender Equity Champion MCG Group on Women in Medicine and Science, 2022

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5212

    Mod 1: Hematology/Oncology
  • MEDI 5226

    Mod 2: GU
  • MEDI 5156

    Mod 2: Musculoskeletal
  • MEDI 5161

    Mod 3: Brain & Behavior
  • MEDI 5232

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary
  • MEDI 5151

    Module 1: Fundamentals

Teaching Interests

Her teaching interests include communication and physical exam skills, preventive medicine including immunizations, medical education, behavior change, and women’s health.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Verbal patient presentations: a practical guide for medical students, 2024
  • Patient Presentations, 2024
  • Medication access challenges among residents of a long-term recovery residence, 2023
  • Women Faculty Career Development May Be Enhanced by Considering Mentor Program Design Elements, 2023
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Her clinical and research interests include preventive medicine including immunizations, medical education, gender equity, behavior change, and women’s health.

Department Service

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership Faculty Mentoring Program 2022 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Faculty Co-Advisor for the Family Medicine Interest Group at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership 2019 - Present

  • Team #3 of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership SWOT analysis of Graduation Questionnaire data 2022 - 2022

    Role: Other

College Service

  • Curriculum Integration Team 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Women in Medicine Student Interest Group 2019 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Case Oversight Team 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • MCG Faculty Affairs Committee 2021 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member
  • Case Oversight Team 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • MCG Women's Career Development Symposium Committee 2021 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG Group on Women in Medicine and Science 2020 - 2023

    Role: Program Organizer

Professional Service

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary’s Health Care System 2019 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Women in Family Medicine Collaborative 2023 - 2025

    Role: Other
  • AAMC Group on Educational Affairs Undergraduate Medical Education Section "Lights, Camera, Action: Medical Student Toolkit for Presenting in Groups" 2022 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Women in Family Medicine Collaborative inaugural virtual workshop series - 2023

    Role: Reviewer
  • Medical Teacher - 2023

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • Sweet Olive Farm 2021 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Athens Free Clinic mobile clinic 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Family Promise 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Quarantine Boxes Program 2020 - 2021

    Role: Program Organizer
  • Habitat for Humanity 2018

    Role: Other