Important Information About the New Dept. of Community Health

As the Georgia Division of Public Health became part of the Department of Community Health this year, key organizational changes occurred. Public health employees may find it helpful to download the new Department of Community Health Organizational Chart for reference.

The following members comprise the Public Health Advisory Council:

Monica M. Farley, M.D.
Decatur, GA

Farley is a professor and associate director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a staff physician at the VA Medical Center and director of the Georgia Emerging Infections Program. She is a councilor for the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. Farley earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree for the University of Missouri. She and her husband, Doug, have two children.

W. Harry Hannon, Ph.D.
Buford, GA

Hannon is a management/consultant/contractor and provides management consultations and program support for the daily operation of the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He retired from the CDC in January after 40 years of service. Hannon is vice president of the International Society for Neonatal Screening, an advisor for the Immunology and Ligand Assays Committee and a member of the Work Group for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC). Hannon earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and five grandchildren.

Robert S. Harshman, M.D.
Atlanta, GA

Harshman is the medical director for Georgia Power Company/Southern Company. His medical specialty is Occupational Medicine and he is a certified Medical Review Officer. He is an advisory board member for the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. Harshman is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Medical Associations of Georgia and Atlanta, and the Southern Medical Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, and a medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine.

John T. “Ted” Holloway, M.D.
Hoboken, GA

Holloway retired as District Health Director for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Southeast Health Unit. He serves on the board of directors of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Public Health Association. Holloway earned a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Linda, have one child and two grandchildren.

Allison J. Koenig, M.D.
Atlanta, GA

Koenig is a physician practicing at Piedmont Pediatrics in Atlanta. She is a member of the Harvard Club of Georgia and Girls on the Run of Atlanta. Koenig earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Henry M. Patton, M.D, FACP
Covington, GA

Patton is president of Newton Medical Associates. He is an attending physician at Newton Medical Center, clinical associate professor of medicine for the Medical College of Georgia and an instructor of advanced cardiac life support for the American Heart Association. He is a member of the East-Metro Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has served as chairman of the Newton County Board of Health since 1986 and served on the Georgia Board of Human Resources from 2005 until July 2009. Patton is secretary for Georgia Chapter American College of Physicians where he serves on the Governor’s advisory council. Patton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree and medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He, and his wife, Victoria have four children and four grandchildren.

Jean Sumner, M.D.
Wrightsville, GA

Sumner is a physician practicing in Wrightsville, Georgia. She specializes in internal medicine with interests in geriatrics and rural health. She has served as a member of the State Medical Education Board, Rural Health Association Board and Department of Human Resources Board. She is immediate past president and current member of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Sumner earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the Medical College of Georgia and a medical degree from Mercer University. She and her husband, Joe, have two children.