Class Notes: MCG Winter 2019

A street in Sandy Springs, Georgia, has been named for the late Dr. Leila Denmark (28). When she retired in 2001 at the age of 103, she was the world’s oldest practicing pediatrician. She was believed to be the first female pediatrician in Georgia. Denmark Drive intersects with Roswell Road just south of the new city hall complex.

Dr. Randolph R. Smith (70) received the Steve and Margaret Bond Distinguished Athletes Award, given annually by the Clemson Athletic Department. Smith attended Clemson on a football scholarship and was drafted by the New York Jets of the old AFL and the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL before the leagues merged. Instead of professional football, he chose a life of service. Smith retired this year from University Hospital where he was a surgeon for 41 years.

Maj. Bobby M. Jones (71), MIA/POW of the Vietnam War, was honored at the Dalton, Georgia, Memorial Day Ceremony.

Dr. Thomas Hilsman (72), a fifth-generation practitioner in a family of physicians in Albany, Georgia, retired in August after 46 years of service.

Dr. Patrick Scannon (76) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Chemistry Department at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Jonathon G. Dewald (80) has joined the Wilson Physician Services of Wilson Medical Center in Wilson, North Carolina. Dewald is a board-certified internist and has been practicing medicine in Wilson since July 1984 when he joined Carolina Clinic.

Dr. Sally H. Goza (84) is the new president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2020, following Dr. Kyle Yasuda of Seattle, who will serve as president in 2019.

Goza is a general pediatrician and has taken care of children in her hometown of Fayetteville, Georgia, for more than 30 years. She is a managing partner in First Georgia Physicians Group.

Goza is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed her pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Goza is on the Community Physician Advisory Council for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

She has been involved with the AAP Georgia Chapter for over 20 years, including serving on the Board of Directors, Medicaid Task Force and as chapter president. She currently is on the Legislative Committee, the fall planning group and the Board of the Pediatric Foundation of Georgia.

Goza was on the AAP’s National Nominating Committee and was District X representative to the Board of Directors. While on the board, she was chair of oversight committees for practice, marketing/sales, strategic planning and finance. She was selected by her colleagues as the first at-large representative to the Executive Committee. She is the chair of the For Our Future Campaign Steering Committee.

She was involved in the Hub and Spoke quality improvement initiative and the development of the current AAP strategic plan. She represented the Academy at the Council for Medical Specialty Societies.

Goza is active in her community, having served on the boards for Girl Scouts, Promise Place (domestic violence) and the Joseph Sams School for children with special needs.

Dr. Joel A. Rosenfeld (85), of Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, has been named among Atlanta’s Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Roosevelt Allen Jr. (87), of Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, has been named among Atlanta’s Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Margaret Wadsworth (90), a family medicine physician, has joined The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, North Carolina.

Dr. Christopher J. Lang (94) has joined Providence Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Tim Livingston (94), a pediatric neurologist, has joined the Children’s Hospital of TriStar Centennial in Nashville, Tennessee. Livingston specializes in the treatment of seizures, epilepsy, headaches, movement disorders and developmental delay.

Dr. Matthew Erickson (96) presented a talk titled Shunt, Don’t Block: A New Approach to Dual Nuclear Coil Design at the 5th International Workshop for Metabolic Imaging held at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Elizabeth Taghechian (98) has been added to Atlanta Parent’s Mom Approved OB/GYN list by Atlanta Parent Magazine.

Dr. Derek Heard (99) is the new assistant primary care medical director for Phoebe Physicians in Albany, Georgia. Heard currently serves as the chairman of the Southwest Georgia Diabetes Coalition, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and was named the 2017 Phoebe Physician of the Year.

Dr. James “Larry” Hornsby (99), a family practice physician based in Marietta, joined the Board of Trustees of WellStar Health System for a three-year term that began July 1.

Dr. Bert Chen (00), of Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, has been named among Atlanta’s Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Brian Holland (00) has been named chief of pediatric cardiology at the University of Louisville. Holland specializes in fetal, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography.

Dr. Betsy Grunch (06) has been named to the University of Georgia’s 40 under 40 list. She is a neurosurgeon with Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia.

Dr. Rebecca Bedingfield Ando (09) has joined the Longstreet Clinic Center for Women’s Health, with locations in Gainesville, Baldwin, Braselton and Dahlonega, Georgia.

Dr. Henry Young (09), an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine and assistant residency director with UF Health, was recently appointed as a KL2 Scholar by the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Scholarships provide junior faculty with financial support and research training to develop the skills necessary to build a well-funded, collaborative career in clinical and translational research. Young’s KL2 research project assesses the willingness of patients with acute pain to accept alternatives to opioids in the emergency department.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg (10) returned home to Brunswick to join Optim Orthopedics. Goldberg did his fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery in Michigan after spending five years in residency in Lexington at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Jeffrey Smith (’10) has been selected to provide orthopaedic and sports medicine care to Atlanta’s Major League Soccer teams, Atlanta United FC and Atlanta United 2.

Dr. Zach Balest (14) has joined Gainesville Eye Associates. The Gainesville native recently completed his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Harris Lee Carmichael (14) is one of the first two fellows in the newly created Population Health and Care Delivery Science Fellowship program at Intermountain Healthcare and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Carmichael recently completed his internal medicine residency, including a year as chief medical resident, at the University of Utah. The two-year fellowship will support the education and training of the next generation of leaders in population health, primary care, and care delivery science.     

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