Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Resurgens Orthopaedics co-president D. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (GBPW), the state agency responsible for advising both the governor and the General Assembly on physician workforce and medical education policy and issues.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to help provide the people of Georgia with the best possible medical care. I look forward to working with Gov. Perdue and members of the General Assembly as we address the challenges confronting health care in our state,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said.
The 15-member board works to identify the physician workforce needs of Georgia communities and to meet those needs through the support and development of medical education programs. The board’s responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting the supply and distribution of physicians in Georgia; assuring an adequate supply, specialty mix, and geographic distribution of physicians to meet the health care needs of Georgia; coordinating physician workforce planning with state funding for medical education; and the development and support of medical education programs required to meet physician workforce needs.
As Resurgens co-president, Dr. Kirkpatrick works with Dr. Steven B. Wertheim to direct the operations of Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice, with 90 physicians and 20 offices in metro Atlanta. She is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and president of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Kirkpatrick is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and Medical Association of Atlanta.