GAFP Membership News

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

Next Steps for Potential for GAFP Group Association 401K Plan

Update by President Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP

Your leadership reviewed information from outside consultants and member feedback for offering a new member benefit with a Multiple Employer 401K Plan.  At the end of 2019, the Executive Committee dedicated additional budget funds and asked senior staff and consultants to move forward with seeking a recordkeeper that will implement the plan including outreach and marketing to our members.

As President, I formed a small Task Force with members who have a strong background in finance.  We will be meeting at the end of February to select a recordkeeper and move forward with plan development.  More information will be sent to all members as we get closer to launching this unique member benefit in the next 3-4 months.  We are excited to be supporting our members with their financial future.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact staff either EVP Fay Fulton ( or COO Angela Flanigan (


AAFP Leadership Conference – April 23-25, 2020 (preconference April 22) – Kansas City, Missouri Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

To:          GAFP Colleagues (Active and Life Members)

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

If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity.

Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over 300 family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting.  Whether you’re seeking professional development, leadership development, or a voice in policy development, the AAFP Leadership Conference is the place to network, learn, and train with hundreds of current and aspiring leaders in family medicine.

  • Redefineyour best self and empower other family physicians to do the same.
  • Reimagine your family medicine future and unlock your leadership potential.
  • Rethink your ways and what it takes to be a successful family physician leader.

In three days—and with two dynamic tracks available—don’t miss your chance to join aspiring leaders as you work together to advance the specialty of family medicine together.

Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF)

The Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) is the AAFP’s leadership development program for chapter-elected leaders, aspiring leaders, and chapter staff. -Discover solutions to chapter challenges.

  • Learn from your colleagues.
  • Strengthen relationships with peers and AAFP leaders.
  • Refine leadership skills.
  • Develop new leaders.

National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the AAFP’s premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies.

  • Create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies.
  • Inspire yourself, your colleagues, and other AAFP members. -Lead the way for progress and improvement.
  • Voice your unique perspective and opinion with others who share common interests.
  • Build leadership skills to use in your practice and community.

At NCCL, you will elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others who share similar interests. Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well.

If you are chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $700 – $900*. (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).

*This travel stipend typically does not cover the cost of the entire meeting which is between $1,000 – $1,300. If you are interested serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please email and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Tuesday, February 4. All nominees will be notified in mid-February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP registration discount.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton ( or call 800.392.3841.