His college years were at Mercer Unversity where he played baseball and graduated magna cum laude. He married his wife Susan before entering medical school at the Medical College of Georgia later that year.
In medical school he was a member of the AOA honor Society, graduating in 1973. Internship followed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
He then served 2 years in the military as a flight surgeon at the army helicopter training center in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Medical training was completed in Birmingham at the University of Alabama Medical Center followed by board certification in Internal Medicine.
Private practice with Internal Medicine Associates began in 1978. He has been a faculty member of Mercer medical school since its inception. Dr. Ogburn and his wife have three children, all in the medical field, and seven grandchildren.