GAFP Membership News

Welcome to Family Medicine, M4 Medical Students!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians would like to congratulate all medical students on a successful Match Day held on March 20th. Although celebrations were different this year, we hope that everyone was able to find a way to share the excitement with their friends and family!

We heard from Monica Newton, DO, Residency Program Director at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Family Medicine Residency Program as they welcome their first class of 12 Family Medicine residents… Congratulations to NGMC-FMRP and their incoming residents!

2020 Match Day by the numbers (according to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®):

  • 40,084 applicants submitted program choices, with 37,256 total positions offered
  • Family medicine offered 4,685 positions, 557 more than 2019 and 13.7% of positions offered overall
  • 4,335 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine residency programs in the NRMP Match: an increase of 487 from 2019

Read more about the Match on the American Academy of Family Physicians website. Also, be sure to check out the America Needs more Family Medicine: 25X2030 Collaborative, which is calling for 25% of all U.S. medical school seniors and graduates to match into family medicine by the year 2030.

GAFP Seeking Family Physician Who is Exemplary in Supporting Georgia’s Maternal and Child Health Population

The Georgia Academy, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, is seeking nominees for members who have supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the scope of family medicine.  Last year’s awardee was Zita Magloire, MD of Cairo, Georgia who is a board-certified family physician currently in private group practice at Cairo Medical Care. 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.

Our 2018 awardee was Viktoria Nurpeisov, MD of Smyrna, Georgia who 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.

We are looking for YOU or a colleague who have gone the extra mile to support healthy moms and children in your community.  Please email Tenesha Wallace ( with the name of your nominee and a few sentences about what makes them unique in their support of healthy moms and children.  The award will be presented at our Summer Family Medicine Weekend meeting in June.  Please send us your nomination no later than April 13th. 

Update to GAFP Members – COVID-19

To:  GAFP Members

From:  Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP – President

During this critical time in our lives, family medicine physicians remain a vital asset to our communities and the state of Georgia.  The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians understand that in this time of uncertainty surrounding mass gatherings and travel, your safety is priority.

Close to Home 

We hope you will join us for our online CME next Wednesday evening, March 18th at 8:00 pm to get up update on AAFP and Georgia COVID-19 resources and how to best utilize telemedicine.  Register here

Our office staff is working from their homes – but they are still available to you by email – or calling the office at 404-321-7445.

AAFP COVID-19 resources (updated on a daily/hourly basis) – Click here

Georgia Department of Public Health Information and Resources – Click here

Upcoming Summer CME Meeting – Sandestin Resort – June 3-6 

We are hopeful that regularly scheduled meetings will be back on track by early summer.  We are in constant communication with the resort property, faculty and our partner (the Georgia Primary Care Association) for the June meeting.

The GAFP has made the decision to offer a full refund for this meeting if it is canceled, rescheduled or moved to a different format.

Currently, the hotel cancellation policy is to refund all required deposits for any cancellations or changes received seven days in advance of your arrival date.

We will continue to update you as we consult with both Georgia and local Florida public health officials and our faculty and will let you know if we need to postpone this meeting or move it to a different format.  We will update members by email as well as on our website –

Final Thoughts 

I, along with the rest of the leadership and staff at the Georgia Academy and the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, are here to support you during this pandemic.  Hoping that you and your family and patients are safe.


Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP – GAFP President


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

Save the Date: 2020 GAFP /GPCA Joint Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) and the Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA) Summer CME Meeting returns to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL. Meeting dates are June 4 – June 7, 2020.

Registration will open soon! Check the event page on the GAFP website for updates. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to earn up to 36.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits and 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™* during the Summer CME Meeting!

Mark your calendars for another great year of CME, fun and networking!

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians Determination of credit is pending