Dr. Riba Kelsey Awarded GAFP 2022 Family Physician ‘Educator of the Year’ Award

Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program Director Riba C. Kelsey, M.D., has been honored with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2022 Educator of the Year Award and was recognized during the 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, M.D., FAAFP. “Her dedication to her fellow Morehouse 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. Alfonso added that, “Dr. Kelsey has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in family medicine. She is renowned for her many contributions to clinical research and patient care at the national, state and community levels.”

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, she has served on the Association for Family Medicine Residency Directors‘ National Toolbox Committee, and she is a member of GAFP’s Education and Research Committee. 

Dr. Kelsey has received multiple awards, including the Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Graduate Medical Education Faculty Member of the Year award in 2016 and 2020, MSM’s 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. Alfonso concluded that, “Dr. Kelsey has an incredibly deep and diverse depth of knowledge, which means she can care for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a go-to clinician when it comes to helping her fellow physicians and medical students. And 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.”