Northwest Health District, District 1-1
The Northwest Health District is committed to protecting and improving the health of the more than half a million residents of the 10-county health district. The counties are Bartow, Catoosa. Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk and Walker. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, District 1-1 oversees environmental health, disease control and community and family health. The district also plans and works with community partners to strengthen Northwest Georgia's emergency-preparedness-and response-capabilities.
Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S.
North Georgia Health District, District 1-2
Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, is the health director for North Georgia Health District, District 1-2, based in Dalton. District 1-2 includes Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Originally from LaGrange, Dr. Taylor graduated from LaGrange College with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky and a residency in preventive medicine at the University of Maryland.Dr. Taylor served for 30 years as an Officer in the United States Public Health Service, including clinical practice with the Indian Health Service from 1983 to 1987 and public health practice with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Health and Human Services agencies from 1989 to 2015. Dr. Taylor recently retired with the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He and his wife, Joanie, relocated to Dalton from Colorado in July 2015, and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.
David N. Westfall, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.E.
North Health District, District 2
John (Jack) D. Kennedy, M.D., M.B.A.
Cobb & Douglas Health District, District 3-1
Kathleen Toomey, M.D.
Fulton Health District, District 3-2
Dr. Toomey serves as the District Health Director for the Fulton Health District, District 3-2. She joined the Fulton District in 2016 after years of distinguished service in the field of public health, holding key leadership positions with the State of Georgia and both national and international leadership positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently she served as the CDC’s Country Director in Botswana. In addition to other leadership positions with the CDC, Dr. Toomey previously served as the Director of the Division of Public Health with the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
Dr. Toomey earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Smith College. After studying as a Fulbright Scholar in Peru, Dr. Toomey earned both MD and MPH degrees from Harvard University. She also served as a Pew Health Policy Research Fellow.
Alpha Fowler Bryan, M.D.
Clayton Health District, District 3-3
Lloyd M. Hofer, M.D., M.P.H.
Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health District, District 3-4
S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P.
DeKalb Health District, District 3-5
Ford 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)
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.
South Central Health District, District 5-1
North Central Health District, District 5-2
Stephen Goggans, M.D., M.P.H.
East Central Health District, District 6
Dr. Goggans serves as the District Health Director for the East Central Health District, District 6. Dr. Goggans holds a doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Georgia and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. He completed an internship in the Department of Pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Goggans received his master’s degree in public health from the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health in 2013. Dr. Goggans brings more than 13 years of experience to DPH having held leadership roles at some of Georgia’s most prominent health care and educational institutions. Since 2002, he has served as an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at Georgia Regents University while also delivering clinical care at the Georgia Regents Health System.
Beverley Townsend, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P.
West Central Health District, District 7
William R. Grow, M.D., F.A.C.P.
South Health District, District 8-1
Charles Ruis, M.D.
Southwest Health District, District 8-2
Charles Ruis, M.D., is the health director in the Southwest Health District, District 8-2. There he oversees 14 county health departments and two farm worker clinics. Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Ruis attended Georgia Southwestern and later the University of Georgia. He performed both his internship and his residency in family practice at Medical Center of Central Georgia. He is board-certified in family medicine. Most recently, Dr. Ruis served as medical director for Georgia Correctional Healthcare, providing physician services at Georgia state prisons. Prior to that, he was medical director for Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Ocilla and Unadilla. He also has substantial experience in emergency medicine, including working at Sumter Regional Hospital from 2003 until it closed from tornado damage in 2005. Dr. Ruis has served as the chair of the Crisp County Board of Health since 2007. He and his wife, Barbara, are active in the Cordele First United Methodist Church and enjoy music and a variety of outdoor activities.
Lawton C. Davis, M.D.
Coastal Health District, District 9-1
Rosemarie Parks, M.D., M.P.H.
Southeast Health District, District 9-2
Claude A. Burnett, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.
Northeast Health District, District 10
Page last updated 11/21/2016