GAFP Awards

GAFP Recognizes 2014 Award Recipients at GAFP Annual Meeting in November

Come celebrate the newest GAFP Award winners at our 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly, which will be held in Atlanta from Friday, November 14th to Sunday, November 16th at its new location: the Westin Buckhead.  We will recognize these outstanding members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine on Saturday evening at the annual President’s Gala.

William Bina, MD

William Bina, MD of Macon, GA was the winner of the 2014 GAFP Family Physician of the Year Award.  Dr. Bina is Dean of the Mercer Medical School and although heavily burdened with administrative duties, he still provides ongoing clinical care and support for the medical program.  His credentials as a Master of Public Health-International Health, and a naval officer, ultimately retiring as Captain, demonstrate the wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge that he brings to the community.  Dean Bina is also a past president of the GAFP.

David Westfall MD, MPH, CPE

David Westfall MD, MPH, CPE, of Gainesville, GA, won the GAFP Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award for his outstanding work in starting the Good News Clinics, now the largest free clinic in Georgia, which was formed and he has supported since 1992.  Dr. Westfall is long time member of the Medical Association of Georgia, and has been an active member of the GAFP since 1976, serving on various committees and the Board.  Currently, he is Chair of the GAFP Public Health Committee, a role that he has held for over seven years, also placing him on the Board of Directors.

Emily Jean Herndon MD, FAAFP

Emily Jean Herndon MD, FAAFP of Decatur, GA was the winner of the GAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.  Dr. Herndon is currently the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Emory University and has taught Emory medical students since 2006.  Board certified since 1992, Dr. Herndon is an extremely compassionate physician who excels at bedside teaching with learners of all skill levels.  In the words of one of her students, “I really cannot speak highly enough about Dr. Herndon’s dedication to providing compassionate care to all of her patients and thoughtful instruction to all of her students.  That she does all this while maintaining her responsibilities as an educator, a small group advisor, and a physician makes her commitment to us all the more impressive.(sic)”


GAFP 2014 Student and Resident Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.

This year we recognize:

  • Sunaina Nanchahal from Mercer University School of Medicine who be attending Emory University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Daniel Gordon and Mary Keith (joint nominees) from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, both attending Savannah’s Memorial Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • John Macon from the Morehouse School of Medicine who will attend Phoebe Putney’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Albany.

Best of luck to the Sappington winners as they transition to residency programs in Georgia.

P. J. Lynn, MD

Congratulations goes out to P. J. Lynn, MD, who was voted to be the GAFP Resident of the Year for his hard work and dedication to family medicine at both the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program.  Particularly noted is his leadership ability, which continues to develop and grow in his residency training, says Dr. Don Diego, his Program Director.  His leadership style is very unassuming and consensus based with his classmates looking to him for advice and representation, and he has, therefore, already been chosen as the next Chief Resident.  His honors and awards are impressive, including two Distinguished Service Awards from the University of Florida.  Dr. Lynn serves on GAFP’s Board of Directors as a Resident Board Member in his second year, and is active on the Membership Committee this year as well.

Jennifer Burkmar, MD

In addition, the GAFP Keith Ellis Award winner for Chief/Co-Chief Resident goes to Jennifer Burkmar, MD from the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program, who is, according to her Program Director, Dr. Teresa Lianne Beck, an outstanding resident demonstrating exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills as well as a strong desire to become involved in organizations which are meaningful to her and her patients.  Among her many activities and accomplishment includes her work with the GAFP, where she is a member of the Student and Resident Recruitment Committee as well as a trustee on the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board.  She is also a member of the Emory University Transitions of Care Task Force, and attended the American Academy of Pediatrics Leadership Advocacy Training for Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco in 2013.  Most recently, she attended the Chief Resident Summit on Diabetes sponsored by the Primary Care Education Consortium.  Congratulations, Dr. Burkmar!