Local Doctors Share Lifelong Friendship

April 4, 2024 /// 2 Min Read

(Dr. Charles Coleman and his staff)

(Dr. Charles Coleman and his staff)

In recognition of National Doctor’s Day, March 30, Urologist Charles Coleman strolled down memory lane, reminiscent about Waynesboro’s medical community, and his lifelong friendship with pediatrician Dr. Shelley Griffin.

Last fall, Coleman began practicing at 304 Jones Ave. in Waynesboro on Thursdays, a true homecoming for the Burke County native.
Reflecting on his childhood, Coleman recalled nine fellow Waynesboro Boy Scouts who all went on to become Eagle Scouts. Many of them completed post graduate studies.

“Shelley (Griffin) and I have been best friends since we were three years old,” said Coleman. “I don’t know of a time that we didn’t want to be doctors. We have always spurred each other on, and our careers have paralleled each other’s.”

Several other peers went on to become doctors or dentists from the area including, Charlie Green, Ed Byne, Bobby Shuman, Herman Sessions and Whit Blount to name a few.

“There was lots of competition academically,” said Coleman, who attributed his success in college and medical school to the early educational foundation he received. Also, growing up in Burke County, presented a host of local mentors including, Lamar Murray, Charles Green, Randy Hensley, Miller Byne and general surgeon Jack Palmer, who performed a procedure on Coleman during his senior year of college.

(left to right) Charles Coleman’s and Shelley Griffin’s friendship began as children.

(left to right) Charles Coleman’s and Shelley Griffin’s friendship began as children.

After high school, Griffin and Coleman were roommates at UGA and both went on to graduate from The Medical College of Georgia in 1973. However, after that, specialty training took Griffin to Arkansas and Coleman to Liverpool, England. Even with thousands a mile between them, their friendship remained intact.

“Back then, England was the only place you could go for pediatric urology training,” said Coleman, “While I was there, Shelley and his wife were the only ones who came to visit me.”

After England, Coleman started practicing in Augusta and eventually opened Augusta Urology with two other physicians. Eventually, both Coleman and Griffin made it back to Waynesboro though. Ironically, Griffin started his pediatric clinic in the office where Coleman currently sees patients.

“I always wanted to come back to Waynesboro,” said Coleman.

“Waynesboro is very unique from a medical standpoint. There were so many great medical pioneers here. They built a foundation for us, and I hope they are never forgotten.”

Dr. Charles Coleman, urologist, is affiliated with Burke Health. Appointments can be made by calling 912-542-0444

Source: Local doctors share lifelong friendship – The True Citizen