Archive for March, 2020

A Message to GAFP Members on National Doctors’ Day from Staff

Monday, March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to patients and communities. On National Doctors Day, we say thank you to our family physicians, residents and medical students for all that you do to promote the health of all Georgians.

Now more than ever, the staff of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians / Georgia Healthy Family Alliance are here to support and serve. It is an honor to work for you.

We will continue to serve as a resource for you by keeping you up-to-date on issues that are important to family physicians during this time of crisis. Visit the GAFP website for important updates on the Coronavirus and listen to our webinar on COVID-19 and telemedicine for valuable information on extending your practice beyond your four walls.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance appreciates all you do every day for patients. The Alliance will continue to focus on providing community health grants and educating youth via our Tar Wars program, but our main priority right now is making sure we support our members as you support your patients and communities. Effective immediately, GHFA is opening applications for Immediate Needs Community Grants to provide assistance to GAFP member communities. If you would like more information on the Immediate Needs Community Grants, please contact Kara Sinkule at If you, or anyone you know would like to make a donation to allow the Alliance to continue to provide these critical resources, please contact Shan Hayes at or 404-321-7445 ex.105, or follow this link to make an online donation We encourage you to stay connected and updated by visiting our website,

Share your story today! Email Tenesha Wallace Hood, Director of Communications and Public Health and share your story or photo that tells us why you became a doctor and how you are making a difference through your work. We’ll select several of the top stories to feature in an upcoming newsletter.


Happy National Doctors’ Day – take care and thank you!



Message from AAFP President: Coronavirus Resources to Prepare Your Practice and Educate Patients

AAFP members,

With the recent outbreak and significant news coverage of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), your patients are likely turning to you with questions and concerns regarding their own health. The AAFP has gathered the latest information you need to ensure that your practice is prepared for COVID-19 and that your patients get evidence-based information from their trusted doctor.

The AAFP’s coronavirus page is your go-to resource that will be updated regularly with new information from the CDC and other credible sources that’s relevant for family physicians. This includes what’s currently known about:

  • Prevention
  • Infection control
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Pandemic preparation

Bookmark this resource and check back frequently to stay informed about this rapidly evolving public health situation.

In addition to patient concerns around coronavirus, I know many of us are still experiencing an active flu season. Thus, it is important we continue to remind our patients who haven’t gotten a flu shot that is it not too late to be vaccinated.

We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will send you additional emails as appropriate.


Gary LeRoy, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians


CTA: Visit the AAFP’s COVID-19 webpage

Medical College of Georgia Needs You – Recruiting Community Faculty

By David L. Kriegel II, MD – GAFP Member

Professor and Director of Student Education

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is expanding its class size to 300!  It is my hope to be able to recruit Family Physician volunteer faculty who will have an influence on our students much as I was influenced during my clerkship and, I would imagine, you were similarly influenced.

The Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia has had one of the longest running distributed teaching networks of volunteer community faculty in the country but we need to keep it vibrant and strong as the school seeks to expand its capacity to serve the medical needs of our communities.  While our community faculty are volunteers there are benefits such as access to library resources, continuing medical education and a Georgia Tax incentive ( that we would be happy to discuss in more detail with you.

If you are interested in pursuing this further please let Dayna Seymore, Dr. Saucier or me know and we’ll be happy to schedule a time to meet or discuss.  In closing I would like to paraphrase the original Hippocratic Oath: “…and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction…”; this opportunity will permit us to meet our oaths and have great impact on future generations of physicians.



David L. Kriegel II, MD               Ashley Saucier, MD                 Dayna Seymore, BA

Professor                                        Associate Professor                 Program Manager      


The GAFP would like to welcome the following new and returning members who joined our organization in January and February 2020.


Ayodeji Adeoya, MD

Kendra Allen, MD

Danielle Andrews, MD, MPH

Sherri Barton, MD

Cecil Beehler, MD

LaKeisha Blair-Watson, MD

Seshadri Chakravarthi, MD

Ivan Correa, MD

Michael Early, MD

Omofolarin Fasuyi, MD, MPH

Kenneth Harper, MD

Vickie James, MD

Joe Livingston IV, MD

Catherine Martin, MD

Titilayo Oluwabusi, MBBS

Neetu Singh, MD

Zaheeruddin Syed, MD

Karla vanRensburg Owen, DO

Gayle Wong, MD



Romy Bhagat, MD

Jorge Margiela, MD



Mona Abraham

Juan Acevedo

Uchechuwku Agor

Amrit Ahluwalia

Deep Amin

Radhika Amin

Lauren Askew

Gislaine Bernabe

Danielle Blemur

Matthew Boles

Susan Brands

Brinkley Bray

William Britt

Nickeya Brown

John Buchanan

Shelby Buckner

Nijah Burris

Tommy Chau

Madison Coleman

Patrice Collins

Constance Ediale

Robert Ferguson

Kendall Flanigan

Shelby Flowers

Millie Foster

Jaclyn Gaffey

James Going

Tarik Gozel

Chase Griffin

Shruti Gupta

Gaither Horde

Ashley Howard

John Hurt

Austin Isaac

Kolby Johnson

Terrance Johnson

Ricky Ju

Hana Kusumoto

Pearce Lane

Sarah Lewis

Cyril Lukianov

Silas Money

Emily Myers

Julie Nguyen

Anjali Om

Chinedum Onyeka

Harry Owen

Shivam Patel

Cynthia Ponir

Nicole Pritchett

Zachary Ramsey

Victor Rivera

Hector Rivera Jacquez

Gabrielle Rivers

Alexandra Salas

Taj Shorter

Kiaken Sonkarley

Nathaniel Taylor

Laura Thompson

Lillie Tien

Jasper Tseng

Ahna Weeks

Brittany Whitlock

James Williams

Reid Windmiller

John Yamin

Reducing Regulatory Burden – Georgia Academy Supports Congressional Action

Over the past 10 years, insurers have substantially increased the use of prior authorization in an attempt to reduce health care costs. While the Regulatory Relief Coalition understands the importance of such utilization tools, patients are now experiencing significant barriers to medically necessary care due to prior approval requirements for items and services that are eventually and routinely approved.

Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) introduced the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3107) on June 6, 2019. The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care and reduce administrative burden for physicians by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program. This bipartisan legislation has more than 180 Congressional cosponsors. The House Ways and Means Committee may mark-up H.R. 3107 in the coming weeks, so it is important to signal to Committee leadership that this legislative proposal has strong support from external stakeholders. AAFP anticipates introduction of a Senate companion bill later in the coming months.  The Georgia Academy has joined the AAFP and other state chapters in endorsing House Resolution 3107 and any additional Congressional action that will reduce our current regulatory burdens.



GAFP Members in the News:

GAFP Member, Zita Magloire, MD from Cairo, GA featured in AAFP News on Delivering Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community. Click here to read the full article!

GAFP Resident Member, Ashley Peterson, DO from Atlanta, GA featured in AAFP News on Early Career Start Gives FP More Time to Make a Difference. Click here to read the full article!

Sandcastles & CME | Registration now open for GAFP’s 2020 Summer CME Meeting!

The Georgia Academy invites you to take advantage of the only early registration discount for the Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 4-7, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL.

The three-day meeting will provide an overview of clinical topics including: Case Studies on Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Failure, HIV Prevention and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family fun and beach activities. The full agenda is available to preview at

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the most desirable year-round sand, surf and golf vacation experience in the Southeast. Sandestin offers incomparable golf, including the Raven Golf Club, expanded tennis and a broad range of recreational activities. The resort’s 28-acre Village of Baytowne Wharf offers guests shopping, dining and entertainment options with its 30 unique retail offerings, restaurants, eateries and bars. This event sells out every year so make your hotel reservations now!  Room rates at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort start at $179 a night. To make your reservations, call 1-800 622-1038 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s room block or make your reservations online at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort website (GAFP room rates automatically applied). The room block closes on May 13th or when it sells out.

To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit and you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

Join us at the Beach for Sandcastles & CME!

Click here to register today!