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Lawrence J. Lutz, MD, MSPH

Dr. Lutz graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor degree in Computer and Communication Sciences and received his medical degree at Wayne State University. After residency, he was a Robert Wood Johnson fellow at the University of Utah where he did his Preventive Medicine training. At various times at Utah, he was the FP Program Director, Division Chief, and Fellowship Director. While at the University of Colorado, he was the Director of ASPN, a multi-national, clinic-based research network. He was the founding chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory. He currently remains on the faculty in a teaching position.

"I came here to develop a program that would take advantage of the many resources and opportunities available to those training in Family Medicine."


Susan C. Schayes, MD
Assistant Professor,
Emory Family Medicine
Residency Program Director
Division Chief, Emory Family Medicine

Dr. Schayes went to medical school at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, and completed Family Medicine Residency training at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Schayes taught family medicine at the University of Toronto, Sioux Lookout Program, and is experienced in remote, and wilderness medicine. While at the University of Toronto, Dr. Schayes provided medical services to some of the most remote and isolated areas in Northern Canada. Dr. Schayes is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Schayes completed a MPH in Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2010, concentrating on evaluation. Since coming to Emory, Dr. Schayes has assumed the leadership positions of both Residency Program Director as well as Division Chief for Family Medicine at Emory, and Chief of Service for Family Medicine at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Being passionate about Family Medicine, her Family and International travel, Dr. Schayes is able to combine her three passions with working in the cruise line industry. Dr. Schayes is particularly proud to be with a "destination residency program", "a program of excellence", and the "best family medicine residency program in the South".

Dr. Schayes is also honored to be an Osler Society Mentor at Emory University School of Medicine, teaching the new innovative medical school curriculum.

"Emory Family Medicine is the best-and can do more with your talent than any other Family Medicine Residency Program in the South."

“Emory truly is the best- and can do more with your talent than any other Family Medicine Program.“


Wayne Blount, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Wayne Blount, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor & is double boarded in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine. Undergraduate education was West Point; medical school was Univ of Miami; internship & residency were Dewitt Army Hopspital, Ft. Belvoir VA.; faculty development fellowship was Madigan Army Medical Center and the Univ. of Washington. MWM looking for all intelligent, bright, teachable, physicians who want to be Family Physicians to start a meaningful,fun, 3-yr. educational experience.


Oguchi Nwosu, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nwosu attended medical school at The University of Lagos, Nigeria. He went on to complete an obstetrics and gynecology fellowship (equivalent of residency) at Homerton Hospital in the U.K. before realizing that OB/GYN was too limited in scope for him. Subsequently, he completed a family medicine residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York. Being naturally 'warm bodied,' he was attracted to Georgia where after 4 years in private practice he became a faculty member in Emory Family Medicine beginning Feb. 2005. He has interests in global health, women's and children's health. He cherishes the opportunity to teach and mentor residents and students. He is married with 3 sons and his interests and hobbies include playing with his kids, family and friends, being active in church, participating in charitable activities, traveling, and watching football (Go New York Jets!), soccer and basketball.


Joanne Williams, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Student Programs Director

Joanne Williams, MD, MPH, is from Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Economics. She received her Medical Degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, OH, and did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital. She received her Master's in Public Health from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in the International Track with a minor in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Dr. Williams worked for the Peace Corps as an Area Peace Corps Medical Officer and lived in West Africa. She has also worked in student health at the University of Georgia and at Emory.

She currently works with the Office of Medical Education on several programs, courses and clerkships for the medical students. Dr. Williams spends most of her clinical time seeing the medical bariatric patients.


Ashley Owen, PhD
Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Ashley Owen obtained her undergraduate education from the University of the South (Sewanee). She completed her masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida and finished her postdoctoral fellowship here at Emory prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She currently works as a Licensed Psychologist with specialized training in the reciprocal effects of medical illness and psychological processes as well as women's health issues. Ashley enjoys working with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and she has a variety of clinical specialty areas addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment to pregnancy, smoking addiction, chronic illnesses, and intimate partner abuse.


Kara McDaniel, Ph.D., NCC, LPC
Behavioral Medicine

Kara McDaniel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Clinical Member with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Kara has specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy, and over the past 15 years, she has worked with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of professional, clinical, and educational settings

On a more personal level, Kara has a great love for animals and enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family and friends, dining on Italian and traditional southern cuisine, gazing at the changing colors of fall, traveling, watching movies, listening to music, and attending professional baseball games.


Susana A. Alfonso, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Alfonso went to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and then completed residency training at Emory Family Medicine Residency Training Program. In 2007, she returned to school to complete a Masters in Healthcare Management at Harvard School of Public Health. She was the prior Medical Director of Emory Family Medicine at Dunwoody and is currently an Assistant Residency Program Director. She was born in Ecuador and raised in Atlanta and enjoys waterskiing, tennis, and watching her two sons play any sport. She has been an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church where she is an Eucharistic Minister. She also volunteers as a physician at the Good Samaritan Clinic and the Migrant Healthworkers Project regularly.


Lianne Beck, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Beck completed her Family Medicine residency training at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1999. Subsequently, she came to our program and completed a 2-year fellowship in Faculty Developement. She has been a full-time faculty member since 2001.

Being an "Army Brat" I never imagined I would stay 7 years in one city, but I have found a home here in Atlanta, doing what I love most, teaching and taking care of a diverse group of patients. Everyday brings something new and challenging. What I enjoy most is being able to learn from my patients and my colleagues.


Samantha Brown-Parks, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Dr. Brown-Parks went to medical school at the University of Miami in Florida. She completed a transitional internship in the Army in 1998. She continued to serve in the U S Army as a general medical officer at Ft. Lewis, Washington. After obtaining her Masters of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management in 2002, she completed a family medicine residency in 2004 at Emory University. Dr. Brown-Parks is the course director for the National Chief Resident Leadership and Management Skills Seminar and enjoys teaching both residents and medical students.


Kommerina Daling, MD
Fellow in Faculty Development

Dr. Daling earned her medical degree from the "Vrije University," Amsterdam, Netherlands. She pursued postgraduate training in internal medicine, obstetrics, general surgery, and tropical medicine, to enable her to practice at remote rural hospital settings in Africa. In Zambia, she witnessed people's daily battles with poverty, lack of clean water and electricity, the impacts of malnutrition, malaria, and HIV/AIDS which had swept over Sub-Saharan Africa. She came back to Europe after 2 years to complete Family Medicine training in the United Kingdom. She practiced as a Family Physician in the UK and the Netherlands for 7 years, until her American spouse convinced her to take the big leap across the Atlantic.

Dr. Daling then completed another 3 years of Family Medicine Residency at Emory, followed by 2 years of Fellowship in Faculty Development at Emory.

"In the practice of medicine, the learning never stops. I feel privileged to practice medicine in the setting of an academic training program at Emory. I love the daily mix of interaction with patients, students and residents alike. I am committed to the practice of medicine in a primary care setting, as I believe that's the level where real health gains can and should happen. At the same time, our connection with the Emory specialty clinics helps us to stay updated with the newest research, and helps our patients to get access to specialty care when needed."


David B. Callahan, MD, FAAFP
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service (Director, Division of Applied Sciences)

Dr. David B. Callahan is a medical epidemiologist, a board certified family physician, a U.S. Public Health Service commissioned officer, and faculty with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Callahan joined the Family Medicine faculty in 2005. He continues in a position of leadership with CDC while maintaining his longstanding and deep commitment to Family Medicine residency education.

Dr. Callahan began his academic medical career on faculty with Medical College of Virginia's Fairfax Family Practice Residency faculty. In 1999, he joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer ("Disease Detective") and since has been a recognized national leader in outbreak and disaster response, preventive interventions, and the practical application of sound family medicine principles in extreme environments. He has had leading roles in most of CDC's major public health responses over the past ten years, and now leads a CDC division with five public health training programs, including the Epidemic Intelligence Service and CDC's Preventive Medicine Residency.

Dr. Callahan has been known to say his favorite day of the week is when he can spend time teaching Emory Family Medicine residents and seeing his own patients, who demonstrate extreme loyalty awaiting his return from CDC deployments.

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