Scholars, mentors and partners in good health

Atlanta Medical Center GME faculty and house staff share a passion for the practice of community medicine. Committed educators skilled in adult learning theory pursue specialties in areas like public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology and healthcare disparities.

“Our program embraces evidence-based medicine, but we also teach while using evidence-based learning; that way our residents can get the most out of their time in residency.”

~ George W. Brown, MD


Val Akopov
Senior Vice President, WellStar Medical Group
As senior vice president of WellStar Medical Group, Dr. Akopov helps oversee one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in the nation. He earned his M.D. from the Tbilisi State Medical University, USSR. After completing residency training in internal medicine at Emory Affiliated Hospitals, he joined the Emory School of Medicine: Department of Medicine at Grady Memorial hospital. In 1998, he co-founded the Section of Hospital Medicine at Grady, the first academic Hospital Medicine program in a public hospital. Dr. Akopov practiced and taught at Grady from 1997-2003. In 2003, he started Hospital Medicine Service at Emory Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory University Hospital Midtown). In addition to his leadership of WMG, Dr. Akopov serves as Chair of the Board of Managers of WellStar Health Network, WellStar’s Accountable Care Organization. He also serves on the Board of the WellStar Clinical Partners, WellStar’s clinically integrated network. In 2014, Dr. Akopov earned an MBA/MHA from the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University.
Miriam Parker
Designated Institutional Officer / Program Director, Internal Medicine
Dr. Parker is a dedicated practitioner and teacher. A native of Philadelphia, PA she completed her medical education at Temple University with subsequent residency training in Internal Medicine at Emory University where she then served as an Assistant Clinical Professor until joining Atlanta Medical Center. Passionate about graduate medical education, Dr. Parker has been a member of the AMC faculty since 1997, holding the Program Directorship position for over 20 years. A fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Parker is actively involved in resident education in both the inpatient and ambulatory care arenas and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Her style is open-door, hands-on training with particular joy in teaching the physical exams and connecting with residents. She has been a committed patient safety advocate throughout her career as longstanding chairperson of the Patient Safety Committee at WellStar AMC.
Coyea Kizzie
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Coyea Kizzie has been committed to higher education for more than 20 years. She has impacted the development of learners in many capacities while serving at the community college level as an instructor to the professional school administrator. She holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. Before joining WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Coyea served as a career soldier in the US Army Signal Corps. She’s been a graduate medical education administrator for over 10 years. Coyea is an active member of the Association of Hospital Education (AHME) where she has served on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Council on Administrative Directors in Medical Education (CADME). She is currently a member of the AHME Council on Institution Leaders (COIL). Coyea is a 2009 graduate of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Graduate Medical Education Leadership Course.
Carolyn Clarke
Manager, Graduate Medical Education
Carolyn has an extensive background, with nearly 20 years of experience in graduate medical education and administration. She spent a number of years serving as the Family Medicine Residency Program Manager at Morehouse School of Medicine. She loves sharing her expertise and experience at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.