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Dr. David N. Westfall, left, accepts his plaque Oct. 18 from MAG Immediate Past President William E. Silver.

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Public Health director wins community service award

Dr. David N. Westfall received the Medical Association of Georgia’s Physician’s Award for Community Service for 2014 during MAG’s 160th House of Delegates meeting Oct. 18 at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. 

The award recognizes physicians who demonstrate a love for the community outside the regular scope of practice.

In nominating Westfall for the award, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians President Brian K. Nadolne said Westfall has made outstanding contributions to his community and the state of Georgia — “particularly through his (efforts to start) the Good News Clinics,” which was formed in 1992 and has grown into the largest network of free clinics in the state. Westfall continues to serve on the Good News Clinics’ Board of Directors, as well as caring for patients as a physician volunteer.

Westfall has been the District 2 Public Health director since 2006. Before that, he was a family physician in Gainesville. He still has ties to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and he serves as an adjunct professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Westfall received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida in 1972, and he completed his residency at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Va. Westfall received his career master of public health degree from Emory University in 2009.

Westfall and his wife, Faye, live in Gainesville.

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