New ‘Top Docs Radio’ addresses ACEs, EBD & Resilient Georgia

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), early brain development, and how Resilient Georgia is helping young people contend with the long-term effects of toxic stress – and it features Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., the executive chair of Resilient Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald discusses…

– ACEs, early brain development, and toxic stress
– How big and widespread the ACEs problem is in Georgia
– Resilient Georgia, including its mission and who’s involved
– Strategies to help young people become more resilient
– What physicians, allied practice staff, and others can do to help

Resilient Georgia’s mission is to “lead a state-wide public/private coalition to develop a closely aligned trauma-informed public and private network working toward a united vision to create a birth-through-26-year-old integrated behavioral health system.” It is using an integrated approach to achieve its objectives, including “advocacy, policy, prevention and intervention, research, and system-of-care implementation and coordination.”

Resilient Georgia is “working hard to identify the best ways to reach young people in Georgia, increase resiliency, and make all Georgians aware of [ACEs], trauma informed care, and the long-term effects of toxic stress.”

Go to or contact Emily Anne Vall, Ph.D., at or 678.940.1431 for more information on Resilient Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald has served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. She is a board-certified OB-GYN who practiced medicine for 30 years. Dr. Fitzgerald has a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine.

Between downloads and live listeners, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award in 2019 – has now reached more than 620,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

The ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify, and Stitcher.


CDC ACEs web page

‘Take the ACE [Score] Quiz’ (tallies types of abuse, neglect & other hallmarks of rough childhood)

‘How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime’ Ted Med video (Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., 15 minutes)

‘Science of Adversity & the Case for Systemic Empathy’ Ted Med video (Stan Sonu, M.D., 10 minutes)

‘Improving early child development with words’ Ted Med video (Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., 22 minutes)

‘Resilience’ movie trailer

‘Connections Matter’ individual training (improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma)

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

The views of the guests who appear on the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at with questions about the MAG ‘Top Docs Radio’ show.