Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy


Susan Moore



The Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA) was established in 2007 to develop physician leaders who will enhance the medical profession and the health care system and the quality of life in the state.

GPLA is a year-long program that is broken down into six sessions. Five of those sessions take place on weekends, while the sixth (Session V) takes place during the work week.

The GPLA features interactive classes that are designed to enhance the student’s skill sets in three key areas, including…

1.    Advocacy
2.    Communications
3.    Conflict resolution

GPLA is also designed to foster relationships and networks within the medical profession in Georgia. 

Nearly 120 physicians in the state – including a number that serve in leadership roles at the Medical Association of Georgia and other state and local medical societies – have graduated from the GPLA.

Click for GPLA Class X (2017-2018) details/schedule/nomination form (Word version)

Click for GPLA Class X (2017-2018) details/schedule/nomination form (PDF version)

GPLA Eligibility

GPLA participants must be nominated by an approved sponsor, which includes county medical societies in Georgia, state specialty societies, and similar organizations. The GPLA Steering Committee reviews the nominations on an annual basis. Physicians who are not accepted for a given GPLA class will be considered in future years. Diversity (e.g., specialty, geographic location) is one of the considerations that the GPLA Steering Committee takes into account when it selects each year’s class.  

GPLA Leadership Project

Every GPLA student must complete a personal leadership project that will benefit their patients or profession or communities during their class year (e.g., a CMS membership drive or a patient education program in their community). GPLA students are allowed to receive support from their mentors and GPLA faculty and staff.

Click for GPLA leadership projects summary

GPLA Tuition

The GPLA tuition is $1,000. The sponsor organization is expected to pay this fee, which is used to cover lodging, meals, speakers, and coursework resources. GPLA students are responsible for their own transportation costs. The MAG Foundation uses donations and grants to pay for the additional costs that are associated with the GPLA.

GPLA Steering Committee

John L. Sy, D.O., Chair
S. William Clark III, M.D., Past Chair
MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D.
Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D., MAG Foundation President
Manoj H. Shah, M.D.
W. Scott Bohlke, M.D.
Donald J. Palmisano Jr., MAG CEO
Robert L. Addleton, EdD
Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D., Class I
James W. Barber, M.D., Class II
Santanu Das, M.D., Class III
Madalyn N. Davidoff, M.D., Class IV
Stephen Jarrard, M.D., Class V
James L. Smith Jr., M.D., Class VII
Jovan Adams, D.O., Class VIII
Jeff Stone, M.D., Class IX

Click for GPLA donor list

Click for GPLA video testimonials

Click for GPLA alumni list

The members of the 10th GPLA class include (from the left in the back row) Kelly Homlar, M.D., Chip Cowart, M.D., Steven Celestin, M.D., John Johnson, M.D., Sultan Simms, M.D., Anna Skold, M.D., Ahmed Ali, M.D., Brett Cannon, M.D. and (in the front row from the left) John Sy, D.O., Keisha Callins, M.D., Joash Lazarus, M.D., Zachary Lopater, M.D., Sudha Tata, M.D., Syamala Erramilli, M.D., Bhavin Adhyaru, M.D., Masoumeh Ghaffari, M.D., Nikki Hughes, M.D. Not pictured are Brandy Cross, M.D., Michelle Johnson, M.D., and Margaret Wong, M.D.