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 2020 GAFP Academy Awards is Closed…


2020 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. 

Beulette Hooks, MD, FAAFP of Midland was the winner of the 2020 GAFP Family Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Beulette Y. Hooks is currently the Physician Team Leader for the Victory Team in the Family Medicine Clinic at Martin Army Community Hospital. She is the Medical Director for the Tree of Life Healthcare, a free clinic in Columbus, GA, and is the Leader of the Post 69 Healthcare Explores that she started at 4th Street Baptist Church in 2015. She is also one of three new members of HRSA Council on Graduate Education.

Dr. Hooks is a native of Macon County and a graduate of Macon County High School. She is the daughter of the late Mr. Lewis and Vivian Hooks of Montezuma, GA. After graduating 2nd in her class from Macon County High School, Dr. Hooks went on to earn her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Mercer University College of Liberal Arts in Macon, Georgia.

As a young physician, Dr. Hooks was selected to serve as Convenor of the American Academy of Family Physician’s National Conference of Special Constituencies. Dr. Hooks’ leadership skills served her well through the years, as she has gone on to serve as President -Elect, President and Board Chair of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

Family Medicine Educator of the Year
Awarded to a member dedicated to teaching, mentoring and educating to help advance the specialty of family medicine.
Julie Dahl-Smith, DO, FAAFP , of Augusta was awarded the 2020 GAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. Dahl-Smith is the first family medicine female faculty member to have successfully progressed through all of the Medical College of Georgia’s academic ranks to full professor. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the ACGME Family Medicine Program and its embedded Osteopathic program. She also serves as the Director of the department’s Rural 1+2 Residency Program.

Dr. Dahl-Smith completed her undergraduate degree at Augusta College with a degree in Psychology. She went on to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree and her family medicine residency was completed at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Dahl-Smith interacts one-on-one with residents in the context of patient care delivery. Her effectiveness as a “hands-on” instructor is seen in the excellent student and resident evaluations. She has extensive experience as a clinical educator and exposes her students and residents to a plethora of medical processes.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Osteopathic Family Medicine, and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, and active with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians as Chair of the Student and Resident Recruitment Committee.

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

Chivon Stubbs, MD, of Atlanta was awarded the 2020 Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Stubbs a Resident at Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, for being chosen as the 2020 Resident of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Chivon Stubbs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences and Organization Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Chivon enrolled in medical school at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Stubbs has recently been published in the STFM Family Medicine Journal and the Journal of Student-Run Clinics. She serves as the Clinical Advisor for MSM-HEAL (Health Equality for All Lives), a student-run clinic which guides medical students of all stages including improving their physical exam skills, teaching them phlebotomy skills, and glucose monitoring.

Throughout her residency career, Dr. Stubbs continues to give back to her community. She consistently volunteers at the student-run free standing clinics, mobile clinics, and community health fairs. She is a volunteer with Hosea Feed the Hungry and for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through the United Way, a program that helps low income families file their income tax returns.

As a resident she served as a Resident Board Member for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.  She was also a Resident Delegate to the AAFP National Conference where spoke on students and resident issues during the conference. Dr. Stubbs is a member of the MSE Steering Committee of STFM as a core member of a task force to develop national curriculum for family medicine sub-internship. Additionally, from 2015-2018 she served on the Board of Directors as the Cut-Hypertension Chair of the Health Student Taking Action Together (H-STAT) task force.

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.

Mike Busman, MD, FAAFP and Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD, FAAFP has been selected as co-winners to receive the 2020 Family Physician Community and Volunteer Services Award. The GAFP recognizes Drs. Busman and Richardson for their outstanding commitment to the community in Georgia. 

Background on Dr. Mike Busman: Dr. Mike Busman serves as the Medical Director at Georgia Southwestern State University Student Health Center and the After-Hours Urgent Care Center in Americus, Georgia. Dr. Busman received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and later received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He completed his family medicine residency at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Busman worked as an emergency room physician in rural Alabama and Georgia for several years before making a home in Americus, Georgia. Dr. Busman has held leadership roles throughout his career including Chief of Medicine, Chair of Credentials, Medical Executive Committee, and Chief of Staff at Sumter Regional Hospital (now Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center). As he furthered his medical career, Dr. Busman also planted deep roots in the community he served. He currently volunteers his time as the Medical Director of Travel Medicine for Habitat for Humanity, and as the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the Sumter Faith Free Medical Clinic.

As an active member of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, he has served as the Vice Chair of the Education and Research Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee. He has received several professional awards during his career including the GAFP’s Family Physician of the Year Award, the Society of Teachers in Family Practice, Resident Teacher of the Year Award, and the Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Georgia Games. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance.

Background on Dr. Eddie Richardson: Dr. Eddie Richardson, Jr. is a native of Echols County and a graduate of Echols County High School. He is the son of the late Mr. Eddie & Laverne Richardson of Howell, GA. After graduating from Echols County High, Dr. Richardson went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Math from Valdosta State University. Upon completion of his degree, he then joined the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he was meritoriously promoted twice, served in the Gulf War, and received the Navy Medal of Achievement for his outstanding service.

Dr. Richardson returned to civilian life to attend Clark Atlanta University where he received a Master’s in Biochemistry. He went on to attend Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, and completed his Family Medicine residency at the Medical Center in Columbus, GA.

Dr. Richardson has been involved in the community for several years. He has served on the Putnam-Eatonton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Putnam Middle School Advisory Board, and the Ocmulgee Circuit Adult Treatment Court Collaborative Substance Abuse Advisory Board. Most recently he has been a clinical leader during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Richardson has served in several leadership positions including Medical Director and CEO of Lake Oconee Urgent & Specialty Care Center in Eatonton, GA, and the founder of RYSE Men’s Clinic & Spa in Atlanta, GA. He is the Regional Medical Director of Navicent Healthcare, Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Putnam General Hospitalist Program, Medical Director for Amedisys Home Health Agency, and Medical Director of Harmony Hospice. He is a leader in the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (past President and Board Chair) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (board member). He also serves as the Vice President of the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board of Trustees.

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. Ryan Smith is the 2020 Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner.

Dr. Ryan Smith is a native of Lilburn, Georgia and completed his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith serves as Chief Resident at Emory Family Medicine Residency Program and builds longitudinal relationship with patients by serving as a family medicine physician.

During his time as Chief Resident, Dr. Smith has developed an 18-month curriculum to cover the core topics of family medicine. He has also sponsored an initiative to improve bedside rounding in the Emory inpatient service. Throughout his medical career, he has been involved in medical school education.

He applies evidence-based medicine to his daily practice. He thrives on delivering full-spectrum outpatient medicine as well as teaching medical students. He takes an active role in the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the school of medicine, where he continues to expose medical students to the specialty of family medicine.

Dr. Smith promotes family medicine interests at the legislative level. He has participated at the GAFP’s Day at the Capitol several times during his residency. He has also represented the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program at the 2019 AAFP National Conference and the 2020 GAFP Medical Student Meeting.

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.

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