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Farewell Message from the Chairman of the Georgia Composite Medical Board

It has been an honor to serve as your Chairman. As I conclude my term and become a Past-Chairman on the Board, I am very proud of what your Medical Board has accomplished this past year.
 

We are continuing to do our part in battling Opioid Abuse. Beginning in January, 2018, Georgia physicians with a current Georgia DEA license, upon the renewal of their medical license, will need to document completion of a 3-hour CME program about pain treatment and proper opioid use. 


Second, the Medical Board has made it a priority to streamline the often complicated process of obtaining and renewing a medical license. We have impressed on the Board Staff the major priority we have placed on improving the process. The Board has also voted to enter the Interstate Compact and will work with the Georgia Legislature to implement this method of licensure. 
 

However, our most significant accomplishment is studying physician boundary issue violations and developing policies to deal with violations of the Unprofessional Conduct statute. The Medical Board wants to make it very clear that it will not tolerate sexual boundary violations by physicians or any other licensee on our Composite Board. Earlier in my term, I created a Sub-committee composed of two female Board members and our Consumer Board member to review previous Board actions that involved sexual boundary violations. Our purpose was to ascertain previous Board actions and determine what we can do improve the current process. The following reflects our position:


The Georgia Composite Medical Board protects Georgia patients from physicians who use coercion or power for sex.

  • EDUCATE – Physicians about the importance of reporting colleagues who may be committing boundary violations to the Board.

  • INVESTIGATE – every allegation and involve local law enforcement when the evidence reflects criminal activity.

  • ENFORCE – after allegations are proven, move to a Public Consent Order or Revocation

The Board will continue to review the ever changing medical literature involving appropriate treatment of physicians in violation. I believe it will help us render the appropriate penalty based on the evidence. 


I would like to thank the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters who first raised this issue. Though we have always investigated these cases thoroughly, their articles raise awareness among Georgia patients not to accept unwanted sexual advances from physicians and to report these infractions to the Board with the necessary evidence. Georgia physicians who are aware of similar improprieties also have an ethical responsibility to report it to the Medical Board without the threat of impunity.


In closing, I would like to thank you, my fellow Georgia physicians, my GCMB colleagues, and the Executive Director, Mr. Robert Jeffrey and his staff, and a tremendous thank you to the State Attorney General office under the leadership of Ms. Janet Wray for a great year. The Medical Board remains committed to do what we can to protect the citizens of Georgia.

 

John S. Antalis, MD-Chairman 2016-2017

 

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Dr. DeLoach to Lead Board into 2018, Dr. Marshall to Service as Vice Chair

The Georgia Composite Medical Board voted during its June meeting to elect E. Daniel "Dan" DeLoach, M.D., as its new chairperson through June 2018.

 

DeLoach, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Savannah, has served on the Board since July 2012. He is a past president of the Medical Association of Georgia, and sits on the boards of directors of the Memorial Health University Medical Center, the Medical Association of Georgia Mutual Insurance Company, and the Chatham County Hospital Authority. He also sits on the Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation board at the Medical College of Georgia. As the first physician to serve two consecutive terms as Chief of Staff at Memorial Medical Center, DeLoach was instrumental in planning many current services, including Same Day Surgery, the 23-Hour Unit, and the Hypbaric Oxygen Unit. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and served as Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at Mercer University School of Medicine and at MCG. He and his wife, Cameron, have three children.

 

The Board also elected John Jeffrey "Jeff" Marshall, M.D., to serve as its vice chairperson. 

 

Marshall is a board-certified interventional cardiologist at the Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (Gainesville), where he is director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and chairman of the Joint Operating Committee. He led the creation of the angioplasty program at NGMC and the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System, a nationally-recognized regional emergency heart attack response program. He is the former president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and serves on the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Marshall earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and served on the faculty at Emory University as Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology for 11 years. He and his wife, Julie, have four children and two grandchildren.

 

The new leadership's term will begin during the July meeting after the "passing of the gavel" ceremony.

 

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Do You Have a DEA Number? You Must Register with the PDMP by January 1, 2018.

  Georgia House Bill 249 became effective July 1, 2017, and it impacts all licensees who have DEA registration numbers (DEA permits). Effective July 1, if you dispense a controlled substance (Schedule II through V), you must enter the prescription information to the PDMP database within 24 hours. Effective January 1, 2018, if you are licensed as a physician, a PA, or have a residency training permit, you must be registered with the PDMP. Effective July 1, 2018, you will be required to check the PDMP before prescribing Schedule II drugs or benzodiazepines. After January 1, 2018, prescribers must register with the PDMP within 30 days of obtaining a DEA number. Failure to comply with this law could result in serious disciplinary action against your license by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.


Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, the Commissioner of Public Health, sent all prescribers a letter detailing the new requirements. Click here to view the letter. To learn how to register for the PDMP, go to https://dph.georgia.gov/pdmp

 

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Active License Count as of June 15, 2017

*Also includes Provisional, Institutional and Volunteer in Medicine Physicians

**Includes professionals who are Orthotists, Prosthetists and those who hold a dual license for O&P

***Includes Senior and Assistant Laser Practition   

 

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Recent Board Actions

 
The Board issued seven public orders in June 2017. Click here to view board orders.
 
Nevorn Sedella Hall Askari, M.D. 28712 Physician Voluntary Surrender 
 
Richard Gerald Dukes, M.D. 51875 Physician Public Consent Order
 
David M. Katz, M.D. 74741 Physician Public Board Order Terminating -Non-Disciplinary Consent Order for Licensure
 
Gary Arlan Moore, M.D. 36232 Physician Public Consent Order
 
Fred Ernest Potts, IV, M.D. 75324 Physician Amendment to Public Consent Order for Licensure
 
Bernard Allan Ram, M.D. 31309 Physician Public Consent Order
 
William Earl Richardson, M.D. 26631 Physician Voluntary Surrender
 

Board Calendar

 

Below is a list of important, upcoming dates for the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

 

All Board meetings will be held at the Board's office in Atlanta, unless otherwise noted on the Board's website. Agendas are also available one week prior to the meeting.

 
July 4
Indepedence Day
GCMB office closed
 
July 13
Board Meeting
2 Peachtree Street, NW
36th Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30303
 
August 10
Board Meeting
2 Peachtree Street, NW
36th Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30303
 
August 10
Rules Hearings
2 Peachtree Street, NW
36th Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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