NCAFP Inducts 2024 Officers and AAFP Fellows at the 2023 Winter Family Physicians Weekend

NCAFP Inducts 2024 Officers and AAFP Fellows at the 2023 Winter Family Physicians Weekend

December 7, 2023

NCAFP Inducts 2024 Officers and AAFP Fellows at the 2023 Winter Family Physicians Weekend

By Kevin LaTorre 
Communications and Membership Manager

During the Presidential Gala at the 2023 Winter Family Physicians Weekend on Dec. 2, 2023, the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) installed its chapter leaders for 2024. The NCAFP inducted a total of 16 member physicians during the ceremony. The group included Dr. Garett Franklin as president, Dr. S. Mark McNeill as president-elect, and Dr. Benjamin “Frankie” Simmons as secretary-treasurer.

Dr. Karen L. Smith, a past NCAFP president and current American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board Member, led the induction during the Gala. “Your peers have selected you for leadership positions for your service, initiative, and ability,” Dr. Smith told the leaders.

Dr. Garett Franklin Inducted as 2024 NCAFP President

Dr. Franklin (pictured) took the stage beside Dr. Smith to take his oath as president. His wife, Linsi, and their two children joined him on the stage in a show of support and returned to their seats before Dr. Franklin’s speech.

He began his  presidential address by describing his circuitous route to becoming a family physician, after he began as a chemical engineer before attending medical school at the Brody of School of Medicine at East Carolina University. “I fell in love with Family Medicine,” Dr. Franklin said, “because family physicians do it all. There is never a situation where Family Medicine isn’t relevant to patients.”

After describing his own background , Dr. Franklin pivoted to describe the future of Family Medicine and why he knows that NCAFP member physicians are equipped to meet it. “You are the Swiss Army knife of medicine,” Dr. Franklin said. “The next chapter is just step one.”

Dr. Franklin practices Family Medicine and sports medicine at Raleigh Medical Group/Cary Medical Group in Wake County, and he also works at NC State University as a team physician. He described how his work as a family physician informs his sports medicine work with NC State: “I’m a family doctor first, because Family Medicine is awesome.”

Congratulations to the 2024 NCAFP Officers!

We are grateful for the service and commitment from the following NCAFP board members:

Dr. Garett Franklin, NCAFP President 
Dr. S. Mark McNeill, NCAFP President-Elect 
Dr. Benjamin “Frankie” Simmons, NCAFP Secretary-Treasurer 
Dr. Shauna Guthrie, Immediate Past President   
Dr. Josh Carpenter, At-Large Board Member (Second Term) 
Dr. Deanna Didiano, At-Large Board Member (Second Term) 
Dr. Amanda Steventon, At-Large Board Member (First Term) 
Dr. Courtland Winbourne, At-Large Board Member (Second Term) 
Dr. Aaron Lambert, Academic Board Member 
Dr. Rich Lord, AAFP Delegate 
Dr. Chuck Rich, AAFP Delegate 
Dr. Thomas R. White, AAFP Alternate Delegate 
Dr. Morgan Parker, Resident Director 
Dr. Stephanie Wilcher, Resident Director-Elect 
Evan Morgan, Student Director 
Nicholas Wells, Student Director-Elect

Congratulations also to the 2023 AAFP Degree of Fellows!

During the State of the Academy and Award Lunch on Dec. 1, NCAFP Immediate Past President Dr. Shauna Guthrie inducted 36 new fellows during the Degree of Fellow Convocation ceremony. This degree recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves by serving Family Medicine, advancing health care for their patients, and developing their skill and knowledge as family physicians. The 2023 class of fellows is the largest class of fellows the NCAFP has ever had the pleasure to induct, and we are honored to name them:

Susan Alexander, MD, DipABLM, FAAFP 
Daniel Landon Allen, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP 
Christina Elizabeth Anderson, MD, FAAFP 
Regina Braxton Bray Brown, MD, FAAFP 
Jonisha Raeshella Brown, MD, FAAFP 
Tracy Bullard, MD, FAAFP 
Puja Mayank Dalal, MD, FAAFP 
Shari A. Del Do, MD, FAAFP 
Stephen E. Erlandson, MD, FAAFP 
Vickie Ann Fowler, MD, FAAFP 
Garett Randall Franklin, MD, FAAFP 
Kurt Frauenpreis, MD, FAAFP 
Renee Goodison-Ollivierre, DO, FAAFP 
Joseph Al Hodges, MD, FAAFP 
Tonya Marie Hudson, MD, FAAFP 
Eric C. Hunkele, MD, FAAFP 
Ronnie Laney, MD, MPH, FAAFP 
Brenda A. Latham-Sadler, MD, FAAFP 
Justin Allen Lee, MD, FAAFP 
Evan Andrew Lutz, MD, FAAFP 
Homa Magsi, MD, FAAFP 
Steven Mark Manning, MD, FAAFP 
Llewellyn Fiifi Bortsi Mensah, MD, FAAFP 
Nailah Safiya Adams Morancie, MD, MS, FAAFP 
Christian Bradford Moretz, MD, FAAFP 
Soenda E. Padmore Norman MD, FAAFP 
Shirley Daikie Ocloo, MD, FAAFP 
Tambetta Ntui Ojong, MD, FAAFP 
Emily Peacock, MD, FAAFP 
Appala Peela, MBBS, FAAFP 
Kellner Pruett, MD, FAAFP 
Gregory Edward Reichert, DO, FAAFP 
Patricia A. Reichert, DO, FAAFP 
Carmen Robinson, MD, FAAFP 
Matthew Aaron Rushing, MD, MEd, FAAFP 
Seyed A. Shahmehdi, MD, FAAFP 
Stephen Daniel Sasser, MD, FAAFP 
Janine Scott, MD, FAAFP 
James R. Shaw, MD, FAAFP 
Benjamin Franklyn Simmons, MD, FAAFP 
Honnie Patricia Spencer, MD, FAAFP 
Steven James Spivey, MD, FAAFP 
Philip “Hunter” Spots, MD, FAAFP 
Genevieve Verrastro, MD, FAAFP 
Eric Lane Wilder, MD, FAAFP 
Sharon Aberin Wolters, MD, FAAFP