GAFP Awards

2014 GAFP Award Nomination Forms

Here are the links to the 2014 student and resident award nominations. The deadline for both is April 25, 2014. Please submit your nomination to Alesa McArthur via email at or via fax at 404-321-7450. If you have any questions, call Alesa at 1-800-392-3841.

GAFP Recognizes 2013 Award Recipients

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians will recognize its annual award recipients during the President's Gala on Friday night, November 8, 2013 during the Annual Scientific Assembly. The following are the individuals identified as advancing the profession of family medicine and for their contributions to health care.

Family Medicine Physician of the Year

Dr. Harry S. Strothers, III, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Harry S. Strothers, III, MD, FAAFP, of Marietta, was named GAFP's Family Physician of the Year, the highest award bestowed on a GAFP member. This prestigious award is given to family physicians that are recognized as peer leaders in professional affairs, and have made outstanding contributions to the profession and the community while providing excellent family care.

Dr. Strothers has served in multiple leadership roles with the GAFP. Prior to his appointment as President in 2012, he served as President-Elect, was an active member of the GAFP Board of Directors, and served for many years as the Education and Research Committee Chairman before becoming the GAFP's Vice President in 2006. Dr. Strothers was also named GAFP Educator of the Year in 2000.

"Dr. Strothers is a wonderful physician, educator and friend who has the betterment of patient health always on his mind. He has been a leader in getting Patient Centered Medical Homes introduced in Georgia and will lead our Academy well into the future," stated Dr. Beulette Hooks, 2013 GAFP Board Chair.

Dr. Strothers is Chairman and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). In addition, Dr. Strothers was recently appointed to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Educator of the Year

Dr. Bruce M. LeClair, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Bruce M. LeClair, MD, MPH, FAAFP of Evans received the 2013 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. LeClair is a passionate teacher and nurturer of family medicine as a profession. He is also a researcher who is continually seeking ways to improve patient care. He is thoughtful and willing to give his opinion after careful consideration.

Currently, Dr. LeClair serves as one of our two delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He is a past president and board chairman of the Board of Directors and has spent many years on our Education, Public Health, and Legislative Committees.

Community and Volunteer Service Award

Dr. James R. Hagler, MD, FAAFP

James R. Hagler, MD, FAAFP of Buena Vista received the 2013 Family Physician Community and Volunteer Service Award. This award is given to members who go above and beyond the call of duty to support their community while also making outstanding contributions in welfare, education, health, government or the arts.

Dr. Hagler has been a member of the GAFP since 1979, and served in our Congress of Delegates for many years. In addition, he has been an active member of the Board of Directors since 2006, first as Alternate Director, then Director, both of District 3, and has now been serving as Vice Chair of the Membership Committee. In addition, he served as a GAFP Delegate to the MAG House of Delegates for 2013.

As for community service, Dr. Hagler, is very proud to be serving as Chairman of the Board of the Recreation Outreach Center in Buena Vista. The ROC is a community faith based organization sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Buena Vista with the goals of bringing Community resources together. ROC currently operates a Youth and Community Center and has worked with the Feed the Valley Program to provide meals to needy children ages 0-18 during the past two summers. In 2013, from May to July, it served over 7000 meals to community children in need.

Congratulations to all of our deserving 2013 award winners!

GAFP 2013 Resident Awards

Dr. Wilhelmina Prinssen, MDDr. Isioma Chinwendu Okwumabua, MD

Congratulations goes out to Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD, who was selected by the Board of Directors as the GAFP Resident of the Year for her hard work and dedication to family medicine at the Emory University Family Medicine Residency Program. Particularly noted is her community involvement: She became involved with patient safety initiatives at Emory University Hospital Midtown as a member of the Infection Control Committee whereby a major initiative was implemented at Emory to prevent infection transmission and decrease nosocomial infections. Secondly, she is a community volunteer for sports physicals at McEachern High School in Cobb County. And, in addition, Dr. Prinssen also finds time to be a resident leader in the South Georgia Workers Health Project - a charitable project that provides free health care to the two poorest counties in Georgia (Brooks and Echols counties) and supports the migrant workers that support the produce industry.

Since Dr. Prinssen will be practicing in Georgia upon graduation, we look forward to working with her for many years to come.

The Keith Ellis, MD Award winner for Chief/Co-Chief Resident goes to Dr. Isioma Chinwendu Okwumabua, MD from the Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program.

While at Morehouse, she has displayed excellent leadership skills. For example, while serving as Chief Resident this year, she was involved in fostering interest in family medicine among medical students in bimonthly clerkship orientation presentations to medical students, she is a member of the residency selection committee and she has been an award, scholarship and grant recipient of the AAFP Foundation and National Medical Association.

Dr. Okwumabua intends to do a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine after graduation.

Congratulations, Dr. Okwumabua and Dr. Prinssen! Best of luck to both winners!

GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition Winners Announced at the GAFP Meeting November 8th in Atlanta

The GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition was held during the GAFP Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly November 7-9, 2013 in Atlanta. Posters were displayed in the registration area of the Cobb Galleria for all members to view and were evaluated by Dr. Beverly Taylor, AAFP Representative Dr. Wanda Filer, and Dr. Mitch Cook. Residents, Medical Students and Pre- Med students from throughout the state participated in the competition. Results were as follows:

Pre-Med Category:
1st place: The Effects of Appointment Attendance on Patient Health Outcomes
Andrew Mock & Allyson Spillers (Pathway to Medical School Students)

2nd place: Improved Knowledge of Nutrition Likely to Lead to Better Health Outcomes
Steve Watts, Jordan Maxwell, and Vivek Kothari (Pathway to Medical School Students)

3rd place: Weight Perception as a Risk Factor for Osteoarthritis
Kimberly Edwards, Mattie Raiford, and Emily Butts (Pathway to Medical School Students)

Medical Student Category:
1st place: ApoE 4/4 Genotype and Associated Risk with Acute Coronary Syndrome in Young Adults
Ryan Singhi and Eric Singhi (AUA-COM, Medical University of South Carolina, Piedmont Medical Center)

2nd place: Thyrotoxicosis: The Tip of the Iceberg in Graves' Disease
Caitlin Martin (Emory University School of Medicine)

3rd place: The Terrible Twos: Two Incomplete Courses of Antibiotics in a Two Year Old with A History of Fever
Khristopher Nguyen (Emory University School of Medicine)

Resident Category:

1st place: Family History of Stroke and Cardiovascular Health
Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD (Emory Family Medicine Residency Program)

2nd place: Recurrent Mild Hypoglycemia in Non-Diabetic Patient: When to Suspect Inculinoma
Khaldoon Al-Moosawi, MD (Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine)

3rd place: The Relationship Between Perceived Psychosocial Stress, Obesity, and Physical Inactivity in a Bi-Racial Sample: The Meta-Health Study
Gabriel Ikemba Madu, MD (Emory Family Medicine Residency Program)

Congratulations to all our participants!