Samuel L. Church, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPC, CRC

Family physician, Synergy Health, Inc., Hiawassee, Georgia; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Medical College of Georgia (MCG)/University of Georgia (UGA) Medical Partnership Campus, Athens; Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Georgia; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Georgia College of Public Health, Athens

Dr. Church earned a medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. He completed a family medicine residency at the Anderson Family Practice Residency Program in South Carolina. Named the 2017 Georgia Family Physician of the Year, he is active with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and serves on its Legislative Committee. Dr. Church’s rural private practice is recognized as a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). An AAPC Certified Professional Coder and Certified Risk Adjustment Coder, he is a regular speaker and volunteer consultant on coding optimization, practice management, workflow, and chronic care management implementation. In addition, he represents the AAFP as an alternate advisor to the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT® Editorial Panel.