Archive for January, 2020

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) would like to recognize our 2019 top donors including the following GAFP members and Industry Partners for supporting our five year “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign.  For more information, or to make your pledge, contact Shan Hayes at or call (404) 321-7445.

As of December 10, 2019:


Georgia Academy of Family Physicians     


$50,000 – $100,000 

Floyd Medical Center

Floyd Healthcare Foundation

Jackson Healthcare

Northeast Georgia Health System

$25,000 – $49,999 

Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart – Statesboro

Dr. Patrick “PJ” and Lindsey Lynn -Rome  


$10,000 – $24,999

Dr. John Bucholtz Columbus

Dr. Mike and Dianne Busman – Americus

Dr. Samuel “Le” Church Hiawassee

Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark – Newnan

Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland Brentwood, TN

Dr. Donald and Dee Fordham Demorest

Fay Fulton – Atlanta

Dr. Gene and Ivy Jackson Hawkinsville

Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon and Jack Harmon Roswell

Dr. Dayle Hawthorne – Ft. Oglethorpe

Dr. Thaddeus Lynn Atlanta

Jim and Patti Lyons Jasper

Dr. Carl and Melanie McCurdy Jasper

Dr. Howard and Janet McMahan Ocilla

Dr. Rolf Meinhold and Caryn Bains – Alpharetta

Dr. T.J. Miller – Claxton

Dr. Adrienne Mims – Atlanta

Drs. Monica and Wylie Newton Gainesville

Dr. Mitzi and Jeremy Rubin Atlanta

Dr. Eddie Richardson and Dr. Jameelah Gater – Eatonton

Dr. Michael and Deborah Satchell Albany

Dr. George Shannon – Columbus

Dr. Daniel Singleton Buena Vista

Dr. Collyn and Nick Steele McDonough

Dr. Harry and Karen Strothers – Macon

Dr. John Vu- Griffin

Dr. Rick and Alice Wherry Dahlonega 


$5,000 – $9,999

Dr. Susana A. Alfonso Atlanta

Dr. Karla Booker – Lilburn

Dr. Mitch Cook Athens

Dr. Denise Crawley- Rome                                                                                                           

Dr. Elvan Daniels Atlanta

Dr. Daniel Grizzle – Athens

Gwinnett Medical Center

Dr. Thomas Fausett Adel

Dr. Jay and Adelene Goberdhan-Adel

Dr. Emily J. Herndon Decatur

Dr. Audrey and William Hodge – Union Spring, AL

Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Thomas Torrey – Atlanta

Dr. Beulette Hooks – Columbus

Dr. Theresa Jacobs – Conyers

Dr. Kevin and Connie Johnson – Lawrenceville

Dr. Bruce LeClair – Augusta

Dr. Sherma Peter – Sylvania

Dr. James and Harriet Ray – Swainsboro  

Dr. Leonard Reeves and Terri Brown – Rome                                                                                                       

Dr. Susan Schayes – Marietta

 Dr. Jeff and Holly Stone – Canton


$1000 – 4,999

Dr. Rami Arfoosh – Lawrenceville

Dr. Thomas Bevill – Cartersville

Dr. J. Larry Boss – Villa Rica

Dr. Michelle Cooke – Atlanta

Dr. David Fieseler – Thomaston

Shan Hayes – Duluth

Dr. Loretta Hicks – Atlanta

Dr. Christina Kelly – Richmond Hill

Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha – Atlanta

Dr. Anthony Nazione – Rome

Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz – Atlanta

Dr. Thad and Susan Riley – Statesboro

Shawn Smith – Lawrenceville

Dr. Charles Sow – East Point

Dr. Beverly Townsend – Columbus

Dr. Walter Steven Wilson – Kathleen


$500- $999

Dr. Rodneysha Brown – Atlanta

 Dr. Frank Lake – Gainesville

Dr. Kristen Kettelhut – Columbus

Dr. Russell Kohl – Stilwell, KS

Dr. Shameka Hunt McElhaney – Atlanta

Dr. Shikha Shah – Columbus

DPH Webinar “Healthcare Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism”

DPH Webinar

“Healthcare Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism”

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Click Here to Register link

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, in cooperation with the Department of Public Health invites you to participate in an interactive live webinar on Transition of Care: Autism.

The webinar will focus on providing guidance on how to plan and execute better health care transitions for patients with Autism and will cover the following objectives:

  • Identify key skills and contexts that make healthcare transition challenging for transition-age youth with autism.
  • List features of a healthcare transition process and general timelines for transition planning
  • Identify resources and information related to best practices in transition planning for youth with autism.


Matthew Joel Segall, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant & Licensed Psychologist

Program Director, Education and Transition Services

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Emory Autism Center


CME Information:

AMA Credit: The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The GAFP designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Congratulations to AAFP’s Newest Fellows

The GAFP conferred the degree of Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians to ten GAFP members during the 2019 Congress of Delegates, held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Assembly in November.

Established in 1971, the Degree of Fellow is a special honor bestowed upon AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues by their service to family medicine and their commitment to their professional development through medical education and research.

It is important to recognize that these ten physicians, and thousands who have come before them, have given a great deal to their communities and are dedicated to promoting excellence in health care and to the betterment of the health of the American people.  Fellows of the AAFP are champions of family medicine who help make family medicine the premier specialty in service to our communities and profession.

The GAFP proudly congratulates the following GAFP members who have joined the more than 29,000 AAFP members who have achieved this honor.

Cedrice Davis, MD, FAAFP ~ Marietta

Christina Douglass, MD, FAAFP ~ Armuchee

Jude Emokpare, MD, FAAFP ~ Columbus

Jill Moore, MD, FAAFP ~ Columbus

Nithya Natrajan, MD, FAAFP ~ Augusta

Pamela Obi, MD, FAAFP ~ Rome

Jeffrey Michael Reznik, MD, FAAFP ~ Dunwoody

James Short, MD, FAAFP ~ Atlanta

Daniel Singleton, MD, FAAFP ~ Buena Vista

Susan Thomas, MD, FAAFP ~ Snellville

Member Access to November Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions 

 In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can now access the November Board minutes.

Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact Angela Flanigan, Chief Operating Officer at  Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

 GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

In November, the GAFP had the privilege of swearing in new leaders to our Board of Directors and appointing Committee leadership for 2020.  Please welcome our 2020 volunteer leaders.

2020 Board of Directors – Newly Inaugurated

President – Jeff Stone, MD ~ Canton

Board Chair – Donald Fordham, MD ~ Demorest

President-Elect Tom Fausett, MD ~ Adel

Secretary- Samuel “Le” Church, MD ~ Hiawassee

COD Vice Speaker – Monica Newton, DO ~ Gainesville

AAFP Alternate Delegate – Mitch Cook, DO ~ Athens

Director – District 5 – Cedrice Davis, MD ~ Marietta

Director – District 8 – William “Donny” Nash, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 1 – Sherma Peter, MD ~ Sylvania

Alternate Director – District 2 – Zita Magloire, MD ~ Cairo

Alternate Director – District 4 – Carmen Echols, MD ~ Decatur

Alternate Director – District 5 – Shameka Hunt McElhaney, MD ~ Smyrna

Alternate Director – District 8 – Jonathan Wade, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 9 – Nkiruka Udejiofor, MD ~ Woodstock

Alternate Director – District 11 – Wanda Gumbs, MD ~ Atlanta

2020 Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs

Education and Research Committee – Chair, Theresa Jacobs, MD and Vice Chair, Ken Howard, MD

Finance Committee – Chair, Sharon Rabinovitz, MD and Vice Chair, John Vu, MD

Legislative Committee – Chair, Bruce LeClair, MD and Vice Chair, Chip Cowart, MD

Membership Committee – Chair, Ellie Daniels, MD and Vice Chair, Folashade Omole, MD

Practice Management Committee – Chair, Michael Satchell, MD and Vice Chair, Collyn Steele, MD

Public Health Committee – Chair, Dan Singleton, MD and Vice Chair, Angeline Ti, MD

Student and Resident Recruitment Committee – Chair, Julie Dahl-Smith, DO and Vice Chair, Kevin Johnson, MD

Bylaws Committee – Chair Alice House, MD and Vice Chair Jody Bahnmiller, MD

GAFP PAC Board – Chair, Donald Fordham, MD and Vice Chair, Monica Newton, DO


The GAFP is proud to welcome our new Board members and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs.  Thank you to our volunteer leaders who take the time to serve on work groups, committees, and the Board of Directors.  Our Academy is strong because of the volunteer efforts of our members.