Dr. Riba Kelsey

Dr. Riba Kelsey Receives 2022 Family Medicine "Educator of the Year" Award from Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

MSM Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education,
and Assistant Professor to be honored at GAFP annual meeting in November.

ATLANTA – OCTOBER 12, 2022Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Family Medicine Residency Program Director Riba C. Kelsey, MD, has been honored with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) 2022 Educator of the Year Award and will be recognized during the GAFP annual meeting in November.

"Dr. Kelsey is a remarkable physician and educator, and she is being honored for her steadfast pursuit of excellence in teaching our future doctors," said GAFP President Susana Ajoy Alfonso, MD, FAAFP. "Her dedication to her fellow Morehouse School of Medicine faculty, staff, and residents is both exemplary and commendable. She personifies the kind of physician and mentor that you would want to guide your career."

Dr. Kelsey also serves as assistant dean of Graduate Medical Education at MSM and as an assistant professor.

"Dr. Kelsey has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in family medicine, and she is renowned for her many contributions to clinical research and patient care at the national, state, and community levels," Dr. Alfonso added.

Dr. Kelsey has served as secretary and was recently elected Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the National Medical Association Family Medicine Section. She is a member of the Housestaff for Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL USA) Mentor Team, has served on the Association for Family Medicine Residency Directors‘ National Toolbox Committee, and is a member of GAFP's Education and Research Committee.

Dr. Kelsey has received multiple awards, including Morehouse School of Medicine's Graduate Medical Education Faculty Member of the Year award in 2016 and 2020; the Nelson McGhee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Faculty Award in 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2020; and the Morehouse School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2022.

"Dr. Kelsey has an incredibly deep and diverse depth of knowledge, which means she can care for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings," Dr. Alfonso said. "She is a go-to clinician when it comes to helping her fellow physicians and medical students. Dr. Kelsey is approachable, down to earth, and gentle in the way she interacts with her residents and medical students – which is why she is one of the program's most popular faculty members."

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Jamille Bradfield
Morehouse School of Medicine