Barby Simmons, DO, a primary care physician with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, has been named Vice Chair of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The Medical Board is comprised of sixteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.
The Medical Board’s mission is to protect the health of Georgians through the proper licensing of physicians and certain members of the healing arts and through the objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act. The agency licenses physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care professionals, and a number of other medical services and practices in the State of Georgia. The Board also investigates complaints and disciplines those who violate The Medical Practice Act or other laws governing the professional behavior of its licensees.
Dr. Simmons is currently the Lead Physician of Virtual Care and manages Kaiser Permanente’s telemedicine team that provides telephone and video visits to patients across metro Atlanta. She has served in a number of leadership roles, including Team Lead for Adult Medicine and as the Physician Director of Coding and Documentation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mississippi State University and a medical degree from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a member of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, the Medical Association of Atlanta, and the Medical Association of Georgia.
|Ryan Shin, MD (middle), attends a ceremony with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (right) and his family to officially appoint him to the Board of Georgia Department of Public Health.|
Ryan Shin, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Physician Program Director of Research for The Southeast Permanante Medical Group (TSPMG), has been named to the Board of the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury, and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. His appointment was announced by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office.
At the state level, DPH functions through numerous divisions, sections, programs and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia's 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts. Through the changes, the mission has remained constant – to protect the lives of all Georgians. Today, DPH’s main functions include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory.
Dr. Shin currently serves on various Kaiser Permanente committees, including Surgical Peer Review Committee, Systems Safety Oversight Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Research Review Committee, Service Quality Resource Management Committee, and Executive Leadership Research Advisory Committee. He also serves as content reviewer for the annual KP National Quality Conference.
Dr. Shin is a fellow for American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He received his medical degree and completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at Boston University. He then completed his fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.
The YWCA of Greater Atlanta inducted TSPMG's Debra Carlton, MD into its Academy of Women Achievers, in recognition of her professional accomplishments and her commitment to the health and safety of women and girls.
“Dr. Carlton has been a leader at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for almost three decades. With a track record of excellence in both her medical and administrative roles, she embodies Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to improving the health of Atlanta area communities,” said Sharmen May Gowens, CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.
Dr. Carlton is the TSPMG Associate Medical Director of Care and Service Experience in the Georgia Region. She received the award at the organization's annual luncheon on Thursday, April 19.
Besides Dr. Carlton, the YWCA of Greater Atlanta inducted nine distinguished Atlanta leaders into its Academy of Women Achievers. These women are leading the charge and changing the course for women and girls, and align with one of the organization’s three focus areas: Education & Empowerment, Health & Safety, and Advocacy & Social justice.
Others inducted into the Academy this year include: Beth Holder, Chair of the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees; Erika James, Dean of the Goizueta Business School, Emory University; and Bea Perez, SVP, Chief Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.
The Georgia Region’s KP PRIDE Business Resource Group received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2018 Award on behalf of all of Kaiser Permanente. Molly Malone, KP PRIDE’s Co-Chair, accepted the invitation by KP’s National Office of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity to attend the event and accept the award.
“As a region, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to represent Kaiser Permanente at this prestigious award ceremony,” said Rosan Petrillo, manager of equity, inclusion & diversity. “KP was recognized for earning a 100% score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey for 12 years in a row.”
The Corporate Equality Index survey, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is part of a national benchmarking survey and report, which evaluates corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace policies. HRC named Kaiser Permanente a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to represent TSPMG, Health Plan, Georgia, and all of Kaiser Permanente at the annual Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index awards,” said Molly, who attended the April 9 gala in New York City. “I am grateful for supporting me in attending, as well as our organization’s efforts in continuing to reach 100% on the CEI for the past 12 years. As you may already know, this designation is no easy feat! The work that we are doing around inclusion matters to our colleagues, members and friends – and this award is only a small token of the tremendous efforts and accomplishments that we achieve each day.”
“We are proud of our long history of diversity and inclusion and we are grateful for the HRC’s recognition of our continuing work to provide the highest levels of opportunity and support to the LGBTQ community,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer.
Congratulations to TSPMG Palliative Care physician Anna Skold, MD, who was honored at the recent Healthcare Ethics Consortium Annual Conference.
Dr. Skold, who serves as the TSPMG Physician Lead for Ethics, received the “Heroes in Healthcare Ethics” Award which recognizes an individual for their exemplary achievements in the field of healthcare ethics within their healthcare organizations and/or communities.
“Dr. Skold is an amazing contributor for TSPMG and our patients,” said Kate Koplan, MD, TSPMG AMD Quality & Patient Safety. “She is a passionate and experienced leader for ethics and we are thrilled she received this community recognition for her wealth of contributions.”
Anna was nominated by Catherine Anderson and Vera Everage for her countless contributions to the medical group and our members.
“Dr. Anna Skold consistently gives 110% daily to go above and beyond her role to advocate for patient care. She meets the needs of her patients, medical staff and vendors with energy and compassion. Anna is always receptive to assisting with all that is asked of her. She is highly regarded by the Kaiser Permanente region and everyone that works with her.”
In addition to her clinical and Physician Lead roles, Dr. Skold serves on the Board of the National KP Ethics Committee – this year as chair. She is also a member of the Emory Hospital Ethics Committee, Piedmont Hospital Ethics Committee, and a member of the Medical Association of GA. She is a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Collaborative member and assisted with the resolution for the statewide implementation of the POLST.