Advisory Committee

Donald J. Palmisano Jr. 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.

Thomas Bat, MD CEO and Medical Director of North Atlanta Primary Care (NAPC), PC.

Dr. Thomas Bat 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 Chief Medical Officer, Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation

Dr. Patten 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.

Garland Ashley Register, Jr., MD Family Practice, Cairo, GA.

Dr. Register graduated in 1989 from the Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Ga., and did his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kan. He served as Chief Resident at the St. Joseph Medical Center, Family Practice Residency Program, Wichita, 1991-1992. Dr. Register is on the staff at Grady General Hospital, Cairo, Ga. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and as 2nd District President. In addition, Dr. Register is a member of the Thomas Area Medical Society, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He serves on the clinical faculty of the Mercer University School of Medicine, and the Florida State University Medical School, Tallahassee, FL.

Steven M. Walsh, M.D. Founder and Managing Partner of North Fulton Anesthesia Associates, P.C.

Previously 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.