Advisory Committee

  Steven M. Walsh, M.D., Founder and Managing Partner of North Fulton Anesthesia Associates, P.C. is president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). Previously he served for 6 years as treasurer at MAG. Dr. Walsh has served as president of the Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists in 2012 and president of the Medical Association of Atlanta in 2008-09. North Fulton Anesthesia Associates, P.C., through its 30 members, provides both surgical and pain management services in the hospital, ambulatory surgical center and clinic settings.

He holds a certificate in Health Care Delivery Improvement from Intermountain Health care. He involves himself in quality improvement projects focused on the goals of Triple Aim.

Dr. Walsh is a graduate of Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He resides in Roswell, Georgia and is a board certified anesthesiologist practicing for over 30 years.

  Thomas Bat, MD, CEO and Medical Director of North Atlanta Primary Care (NAPC), PC. founded the NAPC over 28 years ago. The practice has grown to 8 locations across metro Atlanta area and has three additional offices in development in Canton, Marietta, and Braselton.

He has been recognized as America’s Top Doctor by numerous organizations including Who’s Who of American Physicians. In addition, NAPC has been nationally recognized by HIMSS for its use of IT with the Nathan Davies award, by NCQA for being the first multi-site private primary care Patient Centered Medical Home, and by MGMA for Superior Performance.

Dr. Bat’s medical interests center on treating the whole family with special emphasis on comprehensive care and management of chronic medical conditions. Being an early adopter of electronic clinical records he has been at the forefront of population health for many years. He is recognized by Novartis for his work on hypertensive and cardiovascular diseases and by Pfizer for his treatment of tobacco abuse and smoking cessation programs.

Dr. Bat received his undergraduate degree from the University of MS and his medical degree from the University Medical Center and post graduate training at the University of Tennessee where he served as chief resident at St. Francis Hospital overseeing 18 residents in an 800 bed hospital affiliated with the UT health system.

  Frank McDonald, MD, MBA, Longstreet Clinic, graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and did his residency in neurology from University Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. McDonald is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and maintains hospital privileges at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. After practicing for 15 years in private practice in neurology and electrophysiology, Dr. McDonald joined the Longstreet Clinic in 2010. Dr. McDonald’s special practice interests include using the latest and most advanced technology to diagnose and treat a variety of neurological diseases. Dr. McDonald is currently the Speaker of the MAG House of Delegates and President of the Georgia Neurological Society.

  Douglas W. Patten, MD, FACS and Chief Medical Officer, Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation is a physician with an extensive clinical and operational background, with over 10 years of senior executive leadership experience. A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery residency at University of South Florida. His experience as a general surgeon and a medical staff leader is important as we continue to engage physicians and cultivate alignment among practices to improve health, health care, at a lower cost. His role as a member of a senior leadership team provided operational experience in addition to quality, safety, and performance improvement functions. Adding to his understanding of performance excellence and high reliability, Dr. Patten completed the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program, learning from peers and Baldrige Award winning organizations across health care, manufacturing, service, not-for-profit and educational sectors. As Chief Medical Officer for GHA, Dr. Patten currently serves as Clinical Lead for the Georgia PTN’s related activities with internal and external responsibilities.

  Joe Stubbs, MD. Albany Internal Medicine, comes from a rich family heritage of commitment to medicine and health care. Along with his father, a retired family practitioner and medical director of DeKalb Medical Center, Dr. Stubbs has five other family members who pursued careers in medicine. His sister went into nursing, and his father-in-law was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University’s School of Medicine. He has a daughter with a Master’s in Public Health, and another daughter and son-in-law who are completing medical school.

Over the years, Albany Internal Medicine has become known as one of southwest Georgia’s premier providers of high-quality medical care as demonstrated by its prestigious recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

As a physician, Dr. Stubbs has been drawn toward the treatment of long-term diseases and considers that his most rewarding experience as a physician is caring for patients with multiple chronic diseases and helping them improve the quality of their lives so they can do more of the things they like to do. He has a passion not only for caring for patients but also in improving the health system in which the care is delivered.

After graduating from The College of William and Mary with a BS in Chemistry, Dr. Stubbs attended Emory University School of Medicine and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is board certified in Internal Medicine with a geriatric’s focus. He has been the recipient of many national awards and has served in numerous leadership positions with the ACP as well as participating on professional boards.

  Donald J. Palmisano Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). Prior to this role, he served as general counsel and then general counsel and director of government relations for MAG between 2005 and 2010. He represented individual physicians and hospitals and nursing homes as a private practice attorney in Louisiana from 1999 to 2005. Palmisano graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans and received his law degree from Loyola University’s School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, the American Bar Association, and the American Society of Medical Association Counsel.