May 2017 Newsletter

MAG’s Board acts on key issues

The Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Board of Directors (BOD) took action on a number of important issues during its meeting in Atlanta on April 22. The BOD…

– Authorized MAG to enter into a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities to educate and train physicians on Georgia’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

– Approved the December 31, 2016 audit results of MAG’s financial records that was prepared by Mauldin & Jenkins.

– Approved a proposal to change the name of the Physicians Institute for Excellence in Medicine to the MAG Institute for Excellence in Medicine.

– Appointed Amin Yehya, M.D., to the MAG Institute for Excellence in Medicine’s Board of Directors.

– Endorsed a resolution that the MAG Resident Physician and Fellows Section will introduce at the next American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meeting that will call for AMA to support stronger tattoo and permanent makeup ink regulations.

A number of MAG members announced their plans to run for MAG office during the organization’s House of Delegates meeting in Savannah in October, including…

– Fred Flandry, M.D., for chair of the BOD

– Mark Huffman, M.D., for vice chair of the BOD

– Andrew Reisman, M.D., for a second term as secretary

– Tom Emerson, M.D., for a second term as treasurer

– Debi Dalton, M.D., and Stephen Jarrard, M.D., for second vice president

– Billie Luke Jackson, M.D., for the AMA delegate’s seat that was held by Tom Price, M.D. (who became the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

– Ali Rahimi, M.D., and Manoj Shah, M.D., for the AMA alternate delegate’s seat that is currently held by Dr. Jackson

– Gary Richter, M.D., for a second term as an AMA alternate delegate

Finally, William Clark, M.D., the outgoing chair of the MAG Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA), introduced the members of the ninth (graduating) GPLA class, while his predecessor, John Sy, M.D., introduced the members of the 10th (current) GPLA class. The GPLA now has nearly 120 graduates.

Contact MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. at with questions related to the BOD meeting.

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