Atlanta Chapter

Contacts

President: John Vazquez, MD
Hospital: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Email: jrvazqu@emory.edu

Vice President’s: Martin Austin, MD, SFHM
Hospital: Gwinnett Medical Center
Email: maustin@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org

Treasurer: Mohamad Moussa, MD
Hospital: Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Email: mmoussa@emory.edu

Secretary: Kwasi Karikari, MD
Hospital Cartersville Hospital
Email: karikarimd@gmail.com

Membership Director: Bedri Yusuf, MD, FACP, SFHM, CPE
Hospital: Gwinnett Medical Center
Email: Byusuf@gwinnettmedicalgroup.com

Outreach Director: Soloman Tafari, MD, MPH, FHM
Hospital: DeKalb Medical Center
Email: solomon.tafari@dekalbmedical.org



Geography
Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Glascock, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Hart, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDuffie, Merriweather, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Spalding, Stephens, Stewart, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Towns, Troup, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, Washington, Webster, White, Whitfield, Wiles and Wilkinson counties represent the Atlanta Chapter.

Upcoming Meetings

Atlanta Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Maggiano's Little Italy Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
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Job Fair/Chapter Meeting and Lecture
Topic: Clinical Problem Solving
Speaker: Daniel Hunt, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Division of Hospital Medicine

About
The Atlanta Chapter was established several years prior to its rejuvenation in May 2010, when the first meeting in several years took place. Below you will find meeting details about the most recent events.

News

June 2017
On Monday, June 19, 2017, The Atlanta Chapter held a meeting at Fogo de Chao in Atlanta, GA. There were approximately 65 attendees present from 17 different hospital medicine groups.

A fantastic lecture on proper choice of cardiac stress tests was given by Rumman Langah, MD from Emory (double boarded in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine). There was a great turnout and the topic was well received.


June 2016
On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Atlanta Chapter held a meeting at The Capital Grille in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees from 12 different hospital medicine groups were present.  Laurence Beer, MD, SFHM, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Director for Quality, Emory Division of Hospital Medicine, Emory Healthcare, provided a presentation on “Diagnostic Error and Physician Overconfidence.”


February 2016
On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Atlanta Chapter held a meeting at the Atlanta Fish Market in Atlanta, Georgia. Approximately 60 people were in attendance from 17 different hospital medicine groups. Dr. Kristin Hiscutt, Esq., from the Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner Law Firm, presented on legal risk for hospitalists. Her riveting lecture, "Risky Business-Murky Encounters for the Hospitalist and the Hospital," was based on several real cases that made it to the court room and was completed with a lawyer offering comment. Dr. Hiscutt then followed with evidence-based ways to avoid legal risk.

September 2015
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Atlanta Chapter held a meeting at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Dunwoody, Georgia, where hospitalists, residents and advanced practice providers came together. Guest speaker Dr. David Markham, Associate Professor of Medicine, presented on heart failure in the hospital.


June 2015

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Atlanta Chapter held a meeting at Shula’s Grill 347 in Atlanta, Georgia. A leadership meeting was held at 5:30 p.m., and had leaders from several of the area hospitals come to chat. Today was more informal, but most conversation was around innovation in the rapidly moving healthcare climate and more talk of the “extensivist” model. The Atlanta Chapter meeting also had two guests from the SHM Seattle chapter come and join us, which provided some engaging conversation.

The core meeting started at 7:00 p.m. with networking which allowed for guests to meet friends and people from other hospitals, and also mingle with sponsors. After that around 7:30 p.m. the sponsors were thanked for their attendance, general announcements were made and the speak was introduced.

The lecture portion of the night ran about 45 minutes, with 15 min for questions at the end. Dr. Laurence Lesser, a cardiologist from a private cardiology group in North Atlanta gave a talk on “Syncope”. The strengths of this lecture was that it was largely case driven, each with a quick learning point. While this kept people adequately engaged, the lecture was essentially devoid of any evidence based medicine, which made the lecture feel less valid.



February 2015
A SHM Atlanta Chapter Meeting was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting started at 6:00 p.m. with the business portion starting at 7:15 p.m. A crowd of 54 attended the meeting. A brief business meeting was held by Dr. John Vazquez, MD, the Chapter President. It was announced that a survey was being distributed to gain feedback from those in attendance on how to improve the Chapter Meetings and what others wanted to gain from the meetings. It was announced that the Southern Hospital Medicine Conference would take place March 29 – April 1 in Washington, DC; all attendees were encouraged to attend. The next chapter meeting was announced for June 25, 2015.

The main speaker of the evening was Dr. Elbert Chun, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His topic was “Atrial Fibrillation.” Dr. Chun used clinical cases to stimulate interaction. He highlighted many points around common cardiovascular issues and gave pearls on difficult areas he has noted for inpatient physicians. The presentation was very lively and well-received spurring much conversation and questions around care management of these issues. The meeting concluded at 9:00 p.m.


October 2014
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Atlanta Chapter met at Shout Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM, Assistant Vice President and Medical Director at the Baptist Health Medical Group in Coral Gables, Florida, spoke on evidence-based and practical use of upstream oral antiplatelet therapy (OAP) in NSTE-ACS.

June 2014
The SHM Atlanta Chapter meeting was held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Shout Restaurant in the Midtown area of Atlanta. The meeting was preceded from 5:30-6:30 p.m. by the Atlanta Hospital Medicine Leadership Reception attended by program directors from across the Atlanta metro area. There were 10 to 15 program directors from various area hospitals in attendance. In addition, the APP Special Interest Group met for the second time from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There were 20 attendees, setting a record number of APPs from the Chapter. Stephanie Bright, PA, MPH and the Chapter Lead for the APP Special Interest Group, led the group. She secured a wonderful contingent from the Georgia Composite Medical Board led by the executive director, LaSharn Hughes, MBA, to speak on APRN practice agreements and to answer questions around inpatient practice. The session was wonderfully received.

The Chapter meeting opened at 6:30 p.m. with the business portion starting at 7:15 p.m. A crowd of 65 attended the meeting. Chapter President Alan L. Wang, MD, FACP, SFHM held a brief business meeting. It was announced that a survey was being distributed to collect feedback from those in attendance on how to improve the Chapter meetings and what others want to gain from the meetings. The upcoming 15th Annual Southern Hospital Medicine Conference to be held October 8-11, 2014 in the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta was also among the announcements; all attendees were encouraged to attend. Stephanie Bright, PA, MPH and the Chapter Lead for the APP Special Interest Group, gave a quick update on the APP Special Interest Group’s activities. The next Chapter meeting was set for October 15, 2014.

The first speaker of the evening was LaSharn Hughes, MBA, the executive director of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. She gave an intriguing 15- to 20-minute update about recent changes at the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The main speaker of the evening was Dr. Steven Gorbatkin, PhD, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Renal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His topic was “Challenging Areas in Inpatient Nephrology.” He used clinical cases to stimulate interaction, highlighting many points around common renal issues and giving pearls on difficult areas he has noted for inpatient physicians. The presentation was lively and well received, spurring conversation and questions around care management of renal issues.


February 2014
The SHM Atlanta Chapter meeting was held on February 19, 2014 at Gordon Biersch in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The meeting was preceded from 5:00-6:30 p.m. by the Atlanta Hospital Medicine Leadership Meeting attended by program directors from across the Atlanta metro area. This was paired with the Chapter’s first-ever Area Resident Reception. Eleven residents from Emory, Atlanta Medical Center and Morehouse who were considering a career in hospital medicine attended the reception. Fifteen program directors from various area hospitals also attended.

The event allowed the residents to discuss their interests and have their questions answered by the program directors in attendance. It also gave residents the opportunity to discuss employment opportunities. The residents were encouraged to attend the Atlanta Chapter meetings. The goal will be to continue to develop interest among residents for a career in hospital medicine. In addition, Alan Wang, MD, FACP, SFHM, President of the Atlanta Chapter, has been invited by each of the residencies to present on a career in hospital medicine.

In addition, the APP Special Interest Group met for the first time from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Fourteen APPs from the Chapter attended. Stephanie Bright, PA, MPH and the Chapter Lead for the APP Special Interest Group, led the group through many interesting topics. The group will continue to meet before Chapter meetings with goals to build APP membership to SHM and to discuss topics of interest. Additionally, the plan is to grow this group with additional communications to health systems in the area.

The Chapter meeting opened at 6:30 p.m. with the business portion starting at 7:15 p.m. A crowd of 72 attended the meeting. Chapter President Alan L. Wang, MD, FACP, SFHM, led the meeting. It was announced that a survey was being distributed to collect feedback from those in attendance on how to improve the Chapter meetings and what others wanted to gain from the meetings. As always, information was distributed on how to join SHM as an official member. Information was provided on how to register for the national SHM Annual Meeting in 2014 in Las Vegas in late March. Traci Leong, PhD, principal of Medalytics, was invited to give a quick presentation on services that her company provides around data warehouse mining. Stephanie Bright, PA, MPH and the Chapter Lead for the APP Special Interest Group, gave a quick update on the Chapter’s first-ever APP Special Interest Group meeting and also on her vision for next steps. The next Chapter meeting was announced for June 18, 2014 with the topic to be decided based on surveys.

Based on previous surveys, the topic and format selected for the meeting was “Challenging Inpatient Diabetes Management: Clinical Cases from Around the Metro Area.” Kalai Parthiban, MD from Dekalb Medical led off with a case around DKA management and inappropriate utilization of care. Martin Austin, MD, FHM from Gwinnett Medical Center then brought forward a case around hypoglycemia, ESRD and the use of U500 insulin. Finally, Rashmi Sharma, MD from Emory closed with a case around some of the newer subcutaneous non-insulin diabetes medications. The format and topic were very well received. There was a lot of animated discussion around the cases and evidence for best care practices. The Chapter was very lucky to have a world-class expert, Guillermo Umpierrez, MD, and another Emory faculty endocrinologist, Franciso Pasquel, MD, in the audience to provide their viewpoints. The presentation was extremely interactive, very lively and well received, spurring much conversation and questions around care management of diabetes. Chapter President Dr. Alan Wang helped the more than 70 attendees continue to share stories and challenges around inpatient diabetes management during the question and answer portion.


June 2013
This SHM Atlanta Chapter met on June 20, 2013 at Maggiano’s in Buckhead, Atlanta. The meeting was preceded from 5:00-6:30 p.m. by the Atlanta Hospital Medicine Leadership Meeting composed of program directors from across the Atlanta metro area. There were eight program directors in attendance and a range of topics including nocturnist models, patient satisfaction strategies, medication reconciliation strategies and continued development of a local leadership listserve. The rotating chairs for the event were Drs. Marty Austin, MD, FHM and Dr. Bedri Yusef, MD from Gwinnett Health System. The Chapter meeting started at 6:30 p.m. A crowd of 60 attended the meeting including three Emory residents in a new Hospital Medicine “Distinctions” career path who have been offered permanent opportunities to attend and join. It was announced that a focus this year will be to invite area medical students and residents to attend our Chapter meetings. A brief business meeting was held by Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, the Chapter President. It was announced that a survey was being distributed to gain feedback from those in attendance on how to improve the Chapter meetings and what others wanted to gain from the meetings. A brief update was given on Hospital Medicine 2013 and the record number of attendees. In addition, material was distributed on how to become an SHM Member and also how to sign up for the 14th Annual Southern Hospital Medicine Conference in November in New Orleans. An update was given on Hospital Medicine 2014, the national conference in April next year in Las Vegas. The next Chapter meeting was announced for October 17, 2013 at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Midtown Atlanta with internationally known hematologist, Dr. James Eckman, Director of the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady Memorial Hospital coming to present on updates in sickle cell anemia. Dr. Bob Harrington, MD, SFHM, an SHM Board Member and CMO of Locums Leaders, Inc. gave a 40-minute presentation on “Practical Strategies for Reducing Readmissions.” The presentation was very lively and well received spurring much conversation around local efforts, challenges and best practices. Chapter President Dr. Alan Wang helped the 60 attendees continue to share stories and challenges around local strategies during the question and answer portion. The Chapter acknowledged their thanks for the support of the exhibitors and the meeting then concluded at 8:30 p.m.

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