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District Health Directors

C. Wade Sellers, M.D., M.P.H. 
Northwest Health District, District 1-1

C. Wade Sellers, MD, MPHSellers serves as the District Health Director for the Northwest Health District, District 1-1. He attended Furman University and graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in religion. He studied pre-med at the University of Georgia and received a medical degree and later a master's degree in public health epidemiology from Emory University. After completing an internship in internal medicine, he worked three years for the Fulton County Health Department as a clinician and medical director and later completed a three year National Health Service Corps assignment in Albany, Georgia. In 1990, he joined the then Georgia Division of Public Health and worked in the Clayton, DeKalb and central offices before coming to his current position in 1994. He has three sons in college and enjoys bicycling to work, picking blackberries and playing tennis.
 

David N. Westfall, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.E. 
North Health District, District 2

David N. Westfall, MD, MPH, CPEWestfall serves as the District Health Director for the North Health District, District 2. After earning a bachelor's degree in english and a medical degree from the University of Florida, he completed a family medicine residency in Newport News, Virginia serving as chief resident during his third year. He then served in the U.S. Navy for three years in Pensacola, Florida. He had an active family medicine practice for 18 years before accepting an offer to become the vice president of medical affairs for Northeast Georgia Health District. He accepted the district health director position for North Health District in February, 2006, and subsequently earned a master's degree in public health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, where he also serves as an affiliated faculty member. Westfall and his wife, Faye, have three grown daughters. Westfall enjoys many outdoor activities, including backpacking, bicycling, motorcycling and sailing.
 

John (Jack) D. Kennedy, M.D., M.B.A. 
Cobb & Douglas Health District, District 3-1

Jack D. Kennedy, MD, MBAKennedy serves as the District Health Director for the Cobb & Douglas Health District, District 3-1. He practiced general surgery in the U.S. Air Force and subsequently in Marietta, Georgia for 26 years and served as the founding board chairman of the Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb. He is currently serving as an affiliated professor in the Office of Applied Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. Kennedy earned both a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from Duke University and a master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. Kennedy and his wife, Maurine, have two adult children and have lived in Marietta, Georgia since 1986. He enjoys singing and backpacking.
 

Patrice A. Harris, M.D. M.A. 
Fulton Health District, District 3-2

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MAHarris serves as the District Health Director for the Fulton Health District, District 3-2. Harris was the medical director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities before she became the director of health services. She is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to her general psychiatry training, she completed fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Harris was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association.
 

Alpha Fowler Bryan, M.D. 
Clayton Health District, District 3-3

Alpha Fowler Bryan, MDBryan serves as the District Health Director for the Clayton Health District, District 3-3. Bryan received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and minor in economics from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College and completed a residency in family practice in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1985, Bryan became medical director for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, a federally-funded community health center in Centerville, Illinois, later becoming the director of the St. Louis County Department of Health in 1991, providing management and oversight for the county's largest department. Bryan was appointed assistant division director for the Department of Human Resources, of the then Division of Public Health in 1998 and in 2001 became the district health director in Cobb & Douglas. She has served as the district health director for the Clayton Health District since 2007.
 

Lloyd M. Hofer, M.D., M.P.H. 
Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health District, District 3-4

Lloyd M. Hofer, MD, MPHHofer serves as the District Health Director for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health District, District 3-4. Hofer received a medical degree in 1973 from the University of Alabama. Hofer is board certified in pediatrics and certified in medical management and practiced pediatrics and adolescent health in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Montgomery, Alabama. In 1987, Hofer began his professional career in public health with the Alabama Department of Public Health where he served as the director of the Division of Child Health until 1992. In 1992, Hofer accepted the position of the District 4 health director in LaGrange, Georgia. He served in this capacity until 1997. From 1997 to 2001 Hofer was an associate medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Tennessee and Alabama. Hofer returned to Georgia public health in January 2002 as the director of Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health District.
 

S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P.
DeKalb Health District, District 3-5

S. Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA, FAAPFord serves as the District Health Director for the DeKalb Health District, District 3-5. A board-certified pediatrician, Ford received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University, a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and a master's degree in business administration with a focus in health services administration from Howard University Graduate School of Business. Ford also served as the Florida deputy state health officer and the deputy secretary for children's medical services and was responsible for oversight of health services for children with special health care needs. Ford serves on the board of many local organizations and was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award at the Dominique Wilkins Salute to the Legend ceremonies for her positive impact in the health community.

Olugbenga O. Obasanjo, M.D., Ph.D.
District 4 Public Health (LaGrange)

Olugbenga O. Obasanjo, MD, Ph.D

Dr. Obasanjo serves as the District Health Director for District 4 Public Health in LaGrange. He received his medical degree at the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria in 1994. He earned his Master of Public Health degree in 1996 and Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology in 1999 from the Johns Hopkins University, gaining experience as an epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health during his doctoral studies. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and returned to Johns Hopkins, where he completed his residency training in public health and preventive medicine in 2001. From 2002-2009, Dr. Obasanjo worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria and as a consultant to Nigerian governments and private industry on HIV prevention. He returned permanently to the U.S. in 2009 as a medical officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In May 2011, he began work as a physician in Prince William County in Northern Virginia then took a tour of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Army as a Preventive Medicine Officer. Dr. Obasanjo enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and reading. He also runs several half marathons every year to support various charities.


Lawton C. Davis, M.D. 
South Central Health District, District 5-1

Lawton C. Davis, MDDavis serves as the District Health Director for the South Central Health District, District 5-1. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Furman University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing an internal medicine residency he spent one year on the Medical College of Georgia faculty before entering private practice in Dublin, Georgia. He practiced internal medicine for thirteen years, and worked full time as an ER physician for two years in Dublin before joining public health as the district health director in January of 1998. He has served as the chair of the state's technical review committee (onsite sewage disposal) since its creation in July of 1999. He has served on the boards of multiple local organizations and is a proponent of strengthening public health's community presence through community activity. Davis and his wife, Diane, have three grown children. He enjoys coastal boating and fishing and golf.
 

David N. Harvey, M.D. 
North Central Health District, District 5-2

Harvey serves as the District Health Director for the North Central Health District, District 5-2. Harvey attended Georgia Tech and Oglethorpe University, then the Medical College of Georgia to complete his pediatric residency. After a year at Gracewood State School and Hospital, he practiced pediatrics in Warner Robins for forty years. Harvey also served on the Houston County Board of Health for 35 of those years. Since 2008 he has been with the district health office promoting healthy lifestyles and preventive health care as well as is serving with numerous community agencies. He and his wife enjoy travelling and being with their 14 grandchildren.
 

Ketty M. Gonzalez, M.D., M.S. 
East Central Health District, District 6

Gonzalez serves as the District Health Director for the East Central Health District, District 6. Her career in public health includes twenty two years as a U.S. Public Health Service officer in the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), where she worked with the agency's public health programs. From 1997-2006, she led HRSA's southeastern field office based in Atlanta. Gonzalez is a trained pediatrician with fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics and a master's degree in administrative and preventive medicine. She has special interest in maternal and child health issues and programs. She and Roger, her husband, have three adult children and five grandchildren.
 

Beverley Townsend, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P. 
West Central Health District, District 7

Townsend serves as the District Health Director for the West Central Health District, District 7. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, a master's degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Purdue University, and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine in Columbus, Georgia. She also earned a master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. Townsend practiced family medicine in the rural counties of the Chattahoochee Valley area for nearly twenty-five years. She has served on numerous professional societies including serving as treasurer for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and president and secretary of the Columbus/Ft. Benning Medical Association. She has two adult sons.
 

William R. Grow, M.D., F.A.C.P. 
South Health District, District 8-1

Grow serves as the District Health Director for the South Health District, District 8-1. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1970. After completing an internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia, his last as chief resident, he entered the U.S. Air Force for two years and then moved to Valdosta, Georgia where he practiced medicine for 35 years and started Valdosta Medical Clinic in 1989 serving as its president for 20 years. He joined public health in December of 2010 as the district health director. In his leisure time, he enjoys quail hunting, aerobic outdoor activity, working with his horses, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.
 

Jacqueline H. Grant, M.D., M.P.A., M.P.H. 
Southwest Health District, District 8-2

Grant serves as the District Health Director for the Southwest Health District, District 8-2. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a M.P.A. She received a master's degree in public health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, and a medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in her native Atlanta. Grant received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Grant served on the faculty at Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine prior to working full-time in the private sector from 1994-1997. In 1997, she served as a medical director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. While in that position, she received national recognition in Best Doctors of America, 2003-2004. She and her husband, Steve, have two sons.
 

Diane Weems, M.D.
Coastal Health District, District 9-1

Weems serves as the District Health Director for the Coastal Health District, District 9-1. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida where she also completed her pediatric residency. She began her public health career at the Lowndes County Health Department in 1986 and relocated to the Chatham County Health Department in 1987 as a staff physician. Since 1993, Weems has served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Coastal Health District. Active in her community, she has served on numerous community boards including serving as Chair of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council since its inception in 2004 and Physician Consultant to the Georgia Public Health State Nurse Protocol Committee since 1998. She and her husband, Dave, have two adult sons.
 

Rosemarie Parks, M.D., M.P.H. 
Southeast Health District, District 9-2

Parks serves as the District Health Director for the Southeast Health District, District 9-2. Parks has been in this position since July 2005. Parks was director of medical education at a federally-qualified health center before joining the Southeast Health District. She holds a master's degree in public health from Youngstown State University, Ohio, and a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Parks is board certified in internal medicine. She also served as the director of the Internal Medicine Residency Ambulatory Care Clinic at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She and her husband, Marc, have two children.
 

Claude A. Burnett, M.D., M.A., M.P.H. 
Northeast Health District, District 10

Burnett serves as the District Health Director for the Northeast Health District, District 10. He was an epidemiologist at the CDC from 1971 to 1978. He has a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina and a master's degree in public policy from Duke University. He has experience with public health data systems since 1971 and has implemented surveys of teens and citizens to use for policy change. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children.