MAG honors Atlanta cardiologists with Hardman Cup

Atlanta cardiologistsAli Rahimi, M.D., with Kaiser Permanente, and Charles Wilmer, M.D., with Piedmont Healthcare, received the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Lamartine Hardman Cup award during MAG’s 165th House of Delegates meeting in Stone Mountain on October 19. The award honors physicians who solve a problem in public health or make a discovery in surgery or medicine or a contribution to the science of medicine.

Drs. Rahimi and Wilmer were the leading advocates for Georgia’s ‘hands-free’ driving law, signed into law in 2018. H.B. 673 made it illegal for drivers in the state to use handheld devices. MAG, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAA), and the MAG Foundation supported the legislation.

MAA board member Ceana Nezhat, M.D., believes, “Drs. Rahimi and Wilmer are unsung heroes who deserve our thanks and applause for activating the medical profession and achieving a landmark patient safety victory that has already saved a  countless number of lives.”

Dr. Nezhat recalls the genesis for the effort occurred in 2016 when one of Dr. Wilmer’s close friends was killed by a distracted driver – and Dr. Rahimi was nearly run off the road while driving his son to school the same morning. They subsequently wrote a resolution that MAG’s House of Delegates passed and led to the introduction of the legislation by Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta).

Dr. Rahimi has a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He lives in East Cobb with his wife, Layla Rahimi, and their children Yasmin, Kayvon, and Ava.

Dr. Wilmer has a medical degree from University of Virginia. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Karen Wilmer. They have three daughters, including Natalie, Bonnie, and Karen Inman.

The award was named for Lamartine Hardman, M.D. – who was Georgia’s governor from 1927 to 1931 and was a successful physician, entrepreneur and farmer from Jackson County.