Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia

pril 3, 2013
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Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia

Atlanta – “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” is the topic of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with panelists Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of Peachtree Spine and Pain Physicians, and Paula Guy, CEO of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth.

This event is $25 to attend. Register by Friday, April 19, 2013, online at

The topic couldn’t be more timely: The health care industry has embraced opportunities provided by information technology in numerous ways. But policy and politics still handicap the medical community when it comes to fully incorporating telemedicine and, more broadly, telehealth. 

Find out what’s happening around the nation and in Georgia – and what needs to happen – when it comes to innovative implementation of telehealth for greater efficiency, greater cost-effectiveness, better quality, better access and a better patient experience.


Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments and has championed innovative telemedicine options for Georgians through the Department of Public Health. A Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, she has practiced medicine for three decades. Before joining the Department of Public Health, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions. She served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She was Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation where she remains a Senior Fellow, and was a founding board member for the Paul Coverdell Leadership Institute. Dr. Fitzgerald earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Georgia State University and her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Jeffrey B. English is the Director of Clinical Research at the MS Center of Atlanta and Medical Director of the Sports Concussion Institute at Atlanta.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. English, whose area of expertise is in recovery from neurological injury, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub-specialty training in neuromuscular disorders. He is a board member of the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The MS Center of Atlanta has opened its first multiple sclerosis telemedicine clinic in Valdosta and is planning sites in Albany, Columbus and Savannah; the Sports Concussion Institute plans to focus its initial telemedicine efforts in Valdosta and Paulding County. 

Dr. Jeffrey S. Grossman of Peachtree Spine and Pain Physicians is board-certified in pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation and board-certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Evaluators. He earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. His areas of practice include interventional spine procedures, innovation in medicine and Telehealth/Telemedicine; he has conducted at least 100 telemedicine consultations. Dr. Grossman is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Paula Guy, CEO for Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, has 11 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks in the state of Georgia. Under her direction, Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth has become the most robust, comprehensive telehealth network in the nation. She serves on the board of the DCH Georgia Health Information Exchange. She has served on the advisory board for Georgia Technology Authority, has served on review boards for grants and has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant. Before joining the Georgia Telemedicine Program in 2005, she served 18 years at the Southeast Health Unit, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health Waycross District in the capacities of Telehealth Director, Coordinator for the Georgia State Cancer Registry and Director of the Community Care Services Program. Paula is a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Southwestern University.

The deadline to register is Friday, April 19. Register online at This event is $25 to attend.  Media interested in attending must contact Benita Dodd at  or 404-256-4050. (Difficulty registering? Contact Benita Dodd.)

Who: Drs. Brenda Fitzgerald, Jeffrey English and Jeffrey Grossman, and Paula Guy
What: “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” a Leadership Breakfast
When: 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339
Attire: Business, Business Casual. No jeans, cut-offs, tennis shoes, collarless sport shirts, shorts or athletic attire.

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Established in 1991, the Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes practical, market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation’s regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons. Weekly publications are the Friday Facts and Friday Idea commentaries. Visit our Web site at Join The Forum at Like the Foundation’s Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter at

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