MAG honors Atlanta rheumatologist with distinguished service award

Atlanta rheumatologist W. Hayes Wilson, M.D., is the recipient of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., Physician Distinguished Service Award for 2020. The award is given to a physician for distinguished and meritorious service that reflects credit and honor on MAG.

In nominating him for the award, Medical Association of Atlanta Executive Director David Waldrep emphasized that, “Dr. Wilson has been a key member of  the MAG Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) leadership team since its inception, including the coordination of strategic planning, training exercises, and mission execution – keeping in mind that the MAG MRC has been credited with savings lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Waldrep also noted that, “Dr. Wilson was one of the first MAG MRC members to be deployed during this year’s pandemic, as he provided medical supervision at food banks in the Valdosta and Thomasville area. He also participated in the MAG MRC’s daily COVID-19 coordination meetings.”

Dr. Wilson is the founder and president of Piedmont Rheumatology Consultants, P.C. in Atlanta. He has also been the chief of rheumatology at Piedmont Hospital and an adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine. And in addition to being the deputy of operations for the MAG MRC, Dr. Wilson is a member of MAG’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Wilson lives in Atlanta with his wife and fellow Piedmont Rheumatology owner/physician, Kimberley Elliott Wilson, M.D. They have two children, including Taylor Wilson, who is an EMT who was also deployed to the Valdosta area during the pandemic, and Mallory Wilson.