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Steering Committee

John Sy, D.O. (Class VI) 

Stephen Jarrard, M.D. (Class V)

Past Chair
S. William Clark III, M.D.

MAG President

Rutledge Forney, M.D. (Class VII)

MAG President-elect

Andrew Reisman, M.D. 

MAG Foundation President
Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D.

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
James L. Smith Jr., M.D., Class VII
Jovan Adams, D.O., Class VIII
Jeff Stone, M.D., Class IX

Anna Skold, M.D., Class X

The Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA)

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.

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.

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 Classes

Class XI

Back Row, L-R: Salman Fidahussein, M.D., Ray Kotwicki, M.D., Jacob Varghese, M.D., Donald Fordham, M.D., Amin Yehya, M.D., Rod Duraski, M.D., Raghu Lolabhattu, M.D. Front Row, L-R: Travis Bailey, D.O., Colleen McLemore, M.D., Wambui Machua, M.D., GPLA Chair John Sy, D.O., Christopher Walsh, M.D., Richard Olson, M.D., Shamie Das, M.D., Royden Daniels, M.D. Not pictured: Tracey Henry, M.D., and Stephen Shiver, M.D.

Class X

Back Row, L-R: Joash Lazarus, M.D., Brett Cannon, M.D., Sultan Sims, M.D., John Johnson, M.D., Bhavin Adhyaru, M.D., Zach Lopater, M.D., Ahmed Ali, M.D., Chip Cowart, M.D. Front Row, L-R: Masoumeh Ghaffari, M.D., Keisha Callins, M.D., Kelly Homlar, M.D., Sudha Tata, M.D., Syamala Erramilli, M.D., Margaret Wong, M.D., Anna Skold, M.D., Brandy Cross, M.D., GPLA Chair John Sy, D.O. Not pictured: Nikki Hughes, M.D.

Seated (L to R): 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.; Standing (L to R):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. (Not pictured: Brandy Cross, M.D., Michelle Johnson, M.D., and Margaret Wong, M.D.)

 Class IX

Seated (L to R):  Al Scott, M.D., Sandra Hollander, M.D., Fred Flandry, M.D., Eddie Richardson Jr., M.D., Yolanda Graham, M.D., Jeremy Jones, M.D., Deepti Bhasin, M.D., Faria Khan, M.D.; Standing (L to R):  John Sy, D.O., Fonda Mitchell, M.D., Mal Hollander, Brian Ribeiro, M.D., Sandra Fryhofer, M.D., Bill Clark, M.D., Mark Huffman, M.D., Jeff Stone, M.D., Brian Hill, M.D., Matt Astin, M.D., Matt Keadey, M.D. (Not pictured: Brad Bushnell, M.D.)

Class VIII

Seated (L to R): Kelly Weselman, M.D.; Janis Coffin, M.D.; Jovan Adams, D.O.; Amy Eubanks, M.D.; Rani Reddy, M.D.; Mitzi Rubin, M.D.; Debi Dalton, M.D.; Standing (L to R): Mark Griffiths, M.D.; Charles Miller, M.D.; Jennifer Tucker, M.D.; Cliff Willimon, M.D.; Tim Grant, M.D.;  Margaret Boltja, M.D.;  Dilipkumar Patel, M.D. 

  Class VII

Seated (L to R): Eric Awad, M.D., Amanda Brown, M.D., Thomas Emerson, M.D.; Rutledge Forney, M.D. Wayne Hoffman, M.D. Adrienne Mims, M.D., Matt Lyon, M.D.; Standing (L to R):  Piyush Patel, M.D., Walt Moore, M.D., Ali Rahimi, M.D., Jay Smith, M.D., Vijaya Vella, M.D., Steven Walsh, M.D.

Class VI

Seated (L to R):  Henry Patton Jr., M.D.; Brian Nadolne, M.D.; Elizabeth Morgan, M.D.; Aysha Khoury, M.D.; McGregor Lott, M.D.; Abhishek Gaur, M.D.; Carla Roberts, M.D.; Standing (L to R):  Stanley Sherman, M.D. (MAG Chairman): Scott Bohlke, M.D. (MAG President); Charles Wilmer, M.D.; Johnny Sy, M.D.; Thekkepat Sekhar, M.D.; Rob Schreiner, M.D.; Randy Ruark, M.D.; William Clark III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steerng Committee); (Not pictured) Keith Johnson, M.D.

 Class V

Seated (L to R): Puthugramam Natrajan, M.D.; Michael Groves, M.D.; Sreeni Gangasani, M.D.; Edmund Donohue, M.D.; Mitchell Cook, D.O.; Victoria Clements, M.D.; Standing (L to R): Stanley Sherman, M.D. (MAG Chairman); Scott Bohlke, M.D. (MAG President-elect); James Velimesis, M.D.; Michelle Zeanah, M.D.; Robert (Bo) Lewis, M.D.; Stephen Jarrard, M.D.; William Clark III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steering Committee); (Not pictured) Danny Newman, M.D.

Class IV

(From the left) William Clark III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steering Committee); Sreeni Gangasani, M.D.; Joyce Doyle, M.D.; Frank McDonald, M.D.; Snehal Dalal, M.D.; David Bogorad, M.D.; Dan DeLoach, M.D. (MAG President); Angela Mattke, M.D.; Sumayah Talliaferro, M.D.; Karen Lovett, M.D.; Beulette Hooks, M.D.; Margaret Schaufler, M.D. (Not pictured) Madalyn Davidoff, M.D.

 Class III

(From the left) William Clark, III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steering Committee); Dan DeLoach, M.D. (MAG President); Charles Moore, M.D.; Cody McClatchey, M.D.; Pravinchandra Patel, M.D.; Scott Bohlke, M.D. (GPLA Steering Committee); Anju Gupta, M.D.; Edward Young, M.D.; Harry Strothers, M.D.; Robert Lane, M.D.; Albert Johary, M.D.; (Not pictured) Gregorio Abad, M.D.; Santanu Das, M.D.; Paula Gregory, D.O.; Indran Krishnan, M.D.; Geoffrey Simon, M.D. and Matthew Watson, M.D.

Class II

(From the left) John Rogers, M.D.; Lisa Perry-Gilkes, M.D.; Howard Odom, M.D.; Robert Addleton (Dean, GPLA); Angela Shannon, M.D.; Kristine Sullivan, lead faculty; Robert Jones, M.D.; Gloria Campbell-D’Hue, M.D.; Susan Reichman (Administrator, GPLA); Florence Barnett, M.D.; James Barber, M.D.; Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, M.D.; William Clark III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steering Committee); (Not pictured) Jules Toraya, M.D.; Clyde Watkins, M.D.

 Class I

(From the left) Andrew Reisman, M.D.; Marc Weatherington, M.D.;Kay Ann Weatherington (spouse); Manoj Shah, M.D.; Hansa Shah (spouse); Howard Maziar, M.D.; Patty Maziar (spouse); Sandra Kubik (spouse); Craig Kubik, M.D.; Joel Higgins, M.D.; LuRaye Higgins (spouse); Pam Gallup, M.D.; Janet McMahan (spouse); Howard McMahan, M.D.; Jacqueline Fincher, M.D.; James Lemley, M.D. (spouse); Kristine Sullivan, lead faculty; Robert Addleton (Dean, GPLA); Susan Reichman (Administrator, GPLA); Scott Bohlke, M.D.; William Clark III, M.D. (Chairman, GPLA Steering Committee); (Not pictured) Jeffrey Grossman, M.D.; Mark Hanley, M.D.