Awards & Accolades

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) honors members exemplifying excellence in the practice of family medicine and for their national, state chapter and community-based leadership roles and contributions to clinical research and healthcare.

The nomination period for the 2019 Academy Awards is CLOSED…

2019 Award Recipients 

Family Medicine Physician of the Year


The highest award bestowed on a GAFP member recognizes excellence in peer leadership in professional affairs and outstanding contributions to family medicine and to the community. 

Alice House, MD, FAAFP of Midland was the winner of the 2019 GAFP Family Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. House is the Dean at Mercer University School of Medicine in Columbus. She is also a Family Medicine specialist at Nephrology Associates, in Macon.

Dr. House was raised in Buena Vista, Georgia, and graduated from Tri-County High School that served Marion, Webster and Schley counties. She earned degrees in biology and psychology from Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University) and her M.D. degree at Mercer University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (now Medical Center, Navicent Health) and went on to obtain the distinction of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. House has demonstrated over 25 years of leadership to the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians through her work on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Alice served as the GAFP President and Board Chairperson during that time.  Her leadership and direction have helped keep the GAFP as one of the premier Academy chapters in the country.

Family Medicine Educator of the Year
Awarded to a member dedicated to teaching, mentoring and educating to help advance the specialty of family medicine.
Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP , of Marietta was awarded the 2019 GAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. Babalola is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Medical Education & Rural Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Babalola has led many innovative efforts, including the Family Medicine Sub-Internship Selective Curriculum both structurally and educationally for the fourth-year medical students to promote primary care. She volunteers in the free student run clinic where she supervises and teaches students as they provide medical care for underserved and uninsured populations. In 2011, she was appointed the Clerkship Director for her continued commitment to medical education and contribution to excellence.

Dr. Babalola received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Guyana School of Medicine, in Guyana. She completed Postgraduate Training at Morehouse School of Medicine and fellowship in Department of Family Medicine Faculty Development and Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Babalola was awarded the Grady Community Teacher’s Award: Commitment to Teaching and the Future of Primary Care, Go! Diabetes and GAFP Research Poster Award Winner at Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting.

Dr. Babalola embodies the true definition of an effective educator in Family Medicine. She is an emerging leader and we look forward to supporting her in her pursuit of being a lifelong educator.

Resident of the Year

Awarded to the resident who exhibits dedication to family medicine through leadership and involvement in his/her residency program and in the community

Dr. Natalie Britt,

Chief Resident, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Hospital, for being chosen as the 2019 Resident of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

These prestigious awards recognize the individual efforts of Chief Residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs, and contribute positively to the community. Dr. Britt exhibits exemplary leadership skills within the residency program, her local community as well as provides dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a Resident Delegate and Resident Member of the Commission on Education.

Dr. Britt received notification of her awards at a reception hosted by Dr. Butch Pallay, Program Director, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Medical Center in June.

Community and Volunteer Service Award

Awarded to a member who excels in service to their community and makes outstanding contributions in welfare, education, health, government, or the arts.

Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2019 Family Physician Community and Volunteer Services Award. The GAFP recognizes Dr. Omole for her outstanding commitment to the community and efforts in raising awareness about access to and affordability of medical care in underserved communities in Atlanta.

Dr. Omole has been an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) since 2013, and currently holds the Sarah & William Hambrecht Endowed Chair of Family Medicine. She is also the Medical Director of MSM H.E.A.L. (Health Equity for All Lives), a Student-Run Clinic and the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Omole exemplifies what it truly means to be a volunteer not only giving of her time, but her talents as well. At MSM, she’s a role model for students and residents and goes above and beyond to commit herself to the MSM H.E.A.L. Clinic and the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta.

Dr. Omole has served in various roles with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) including Delegate to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates, District 11 Delegate for the GAFP Board of Directors and the GAFP Executive Committee. She was the recipient of the Georgia Academy Family Physician Educator of the Year Award in 2006 and the GAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2015, the highest award bestowed on a GAFP member that recognizes excellence in peer leadership in professional affairs and outstanding contributions to family medicine and to the community.

The Keith Ellis, MD Award
Given to a Chief Resident or Co-Chief Resident who displays excellent leadership skills in their family medicine residency program.
Dr. Natalie Britt is the 2019 Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner.

This prestigious award recognizes the individual efforts of Chief Residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs, and contribute positively to the community. Dr. Britt exhibits exemplary leadership skills within the residency program, her local community as well as provides dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a Resident Delegate and Resident Member of the Commission on Education.

Dr. Britt received notification of her awards at a reception hosted by Dr. Butch Pallay, Program Director, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Medical Center in June. On a special note, Dr. Keith Ellis, for which the Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award was named, was in attendance and helped congratulate Dr. Britt on her awards.

We look forward too many more years of commitment and leadership from Dr. Britt!

Georgia Department of Public Health Award for Family Physicians


The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH) gives this award to a chapter member who has supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the routine scope of family medicine.

Zita Magloire, MD, of Cairo was awarded the 2019 Georgia Department of Public Health Award for Family Physicians

Dr. Zita Magloire is a board-certified family physician currently in private group practice in Cairo, Georgia. Dr. Magloire graduated from the Florida State College of Medicine in 2011, and completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kansas. In 2014 she joined Cairo Medical Care, LLC and in 2016 became a partner in the practice and now serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) for the group.

In addition to practicing both inpatient and outpatient medicine, Dr. Magloire has a special interest in women’s health, and provides full obstetrical services including cesarean sections for her patients. Other areas of interest include procedural medicine including endoscopies, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and patient advocacy.

Dr. Magloire is currently the chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Pediatrics at Grady General Hospital, and previously served as the chair for the Department of Medicine from 2016-2018.

GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition Winners


Evaluated by a national and local committee and recognized by category at the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly.

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