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 OPEN…

2019 GAFP Student & Resident Award Nomination Open Now

2019 GAFP Award Nomination Open Now

2018 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. 

Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD of Eatonton was the winner of the 2018 GAFP Family Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Richardson served our country as a US Marine before returning to civilian life and receiving a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Clark Atlanta University. He moved on to receive his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at the Medical Center in Columbus, GA.

Dr. Richardson now serves in several leadership positions to include: 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 Medical Director of Putnam General Hospitalist Program, Amedisys Home Health Agency, and Harmony Hospice. He is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Regents School of Medicine, and Morehouse School of Medicine as well as serves on the faculty for two nurse practitioner schools. He is also the GAFP’s Chairman of the Board.

Family Medicine Educator of the Year
Awarded to a member dedicated to teaching, mentoring and educating to help advance the specialty of family medicine.
Charles Sow, MD , of Atlanta was the winner of the GAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

Prior to relocating the United States Dr. Sow started his medical career as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Dakar, where he practiced for several years.  Dr. Sow served as Chief Resident during his time as a resident in the Morehouse Department of Family Medicine and currently serves as Associate Professor in the department as well as Director of Clinical Informatics & Integrative Medicine.  He has led many innovative efforts at Morehouse including developing population health dashboards in diabetes and preventive care of sickle cell.

Dr. Sow was a key participant in Morehouse School of Medicine’s recent transition to a patient centered medical home, and the development of a sports medicine fellowship.   He has led board review courses for more than five years during which the department has received a 100% board pass rate, an increase from 67%.  Dr. Sow conducts resident teaching on the inpatient service at Atlanta Medical Center South and leads the outpatient clinic.  He is active in the bi-monthly diabetes group visits at Morehouse Healthcare where he supervises pharmacists, dieticians, and residents. He has been recognized as an excellent preceptor and is responsible for training residents and faculty in the use of electronic medical records and practice design.

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. Karla van Rensburg Owen, a native of Columbus, is the GAFP’s 2018 Family Medicine Resident of the Year.  She has made her mark in helping raise the quality bar for her residency program. Under her leadership, the residents made significant improvements to their clinic’s workflow and processes, allowing them to be the best large practice in their organization, surpassing the 90th percentile.

Dr. van Rensburg has also been an active GAFP/AAFP member all three years of residency. She has participated in the AAFP National Conference all three years as a passionate recruiter for our residency. As chief resident she attended the two AAFP Chief Resident workshops and the 2017 AAFP Family Medicine Experience.

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.

Bruce M. LeClair, MD, MPH Associate Professor and Ollie O. McGahee Jr., M.D. Chair in Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University has been selected to receive the 2018 Family Physician Community and Volunteer Services Award. The GAFP recognizes Dr. LeClair for his outstanding support of the Augusta community, and his outstanding contributions in medical education and healthcare. This award highlights the profoundly positive impact Dr. LeClair has on his community, his peers, and the students and residents he mentors.


Most of Dr. LeClair’s community-based teaching and service occurs in the local free clinics, serving mostly the homeless community.  He has served as the faculty supervisor in several student-run free clinics and has made them sustainable for other volunteers.  He is the faculty sponsor for the medical student elective, “Vulnerable Populations”, and is involved in community teaching and health fairs. Through Dr. LeClair the Homeless Clinic has consistently served individuals in the community and his outreach efforts have resulted in the development of targeted community health projects benefiting underserved populations in his community.   He is the “glue” that holds these community service efforts together.  Dr. LeClair’s outstanding commitment to his community is the reason he continues to reach beyond the boundaries of clinics and classrooms to make a difference.


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. Daniel Feckoury is the 2018 Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner.  Throughout his residency, Dr. Feckoury demonstrated his strong commitment to the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program. As Chief resident, he facilitated a weekly didactics series and took an active role teaching medical students and co-residents during clinic session where he emphasized evidence-based medicine during his teaching sessions.

Dr. Feckoury also demonstrated his commitment to the community throughout his residency training by participating on school sports physicals, community health fairs and staffing races around Atlanta.  He was also the coordinator of Tar Wars in the residency program and has been active on the legislative level in his participation in the GAFP’s “Day at the Capitol” several times during his residency. Dr. Feckoury understands that family physicians not only treat the patient but also the community.

As the 2018 Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner, Dr. Feckoury exemplifies the standards set forth with the award.  He has served a leader in academic and community affairs and continues to make outstanding contributions to family medicine.

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.

Viktoria Nurpeisov, MD, of Smyrna was awarded the 2018 Georgia Department of Public Health Award for Family Physicians

Dr. Viktoria Nurpeisov has been practicing Family Medicine with Obstetrics in Georgia for the last 7 years. She is the Medical Director of WellStar Family Medicine Clinic, a service of Kennestone Hospital, a comprehensive outreach clinic for patients, including mothers with unplanned pregnancies, limited resources, and recent immigrants.  She has supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the routine scope of family medicine. In addition to her busy practice, she is on full-time medical staff at WellStar Kennestone Medical Center where she admits obstetric and pediatric patients. She is also currently serving as the Medical Director of Ag Rhodes Nursing Home.

In addition, Dr. Nurpeisov serves in many other capacities throughout the community including being the Program Director of Kennestone Family Medicine Residency Program, serving as clinical faculty for medical students and residents.

GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition Winners

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

Pre-Med Category Winner:

1st Place – “Say What?” Patient Health Literacy as a Determinant of Effective Physician-Patient Communication in a Community Clinic

Author/Presenter: Taylor Bennett, Clark Hall, Kathryn McGraw

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Catherine Apaloo, MD, FACP; Zahraa Rabeeah, MD

Medical Student Category Winner:

Reducing Non-Essential Emergency Department Visits Among Mercy Health Center Patients

Authors/Presenters: Jakob Feeney, Silki Modi, Nzota Nsona, E’Lexus Okafor, Kyle Royalty, Harini Vakamudi, Eden Woubshet

Resident Category Winner:

Implementation of Multi-Disciplinary Teams to Provide Comprehensive Care for Type 2 Diabetes Population in a Primary Care Clinic Setting

Author/Presenter: Afua Akhi-Gbade, MD

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Miranda Moore, PhD; Susana A. Alfonso, MD, MHCM; Yawen Wang, MPH

Practicing Physician/Fellow Category Winner:

Evaluate the Effectiveness of the American Heart Association (AHA) Check. Change. Control Hypertension Management Program in patients with uncontrolled Hypertension at Grady East Point Health Center.

Author(s): Dolapo Babalola, MD

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Denise Bell-Carter, MD, Esther Iwotor, DNP, Carli Barbo, MS, Mark Mooney, MPH, Unique Waker, MPH, Nike Agbe, PharmD



Congratulations to the GAFP 2018 Research Poster Winners! We wish them continued success in their research efforts!