MACON/SAVANNAH/COLUMBUS – Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) Dean Jean R. Sumner, M.D., recently announced the appointment of Bonzo Reddick, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, as chair of community medicine, effective April 1.
Dr. Reddick has served MUSM as associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and professor of community medicine and family medicine on the School’s Savannah campus.
A Savannah native, Dr. Reddick earned his Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College and Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency, career development fellowship and Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an added interdisciplinary certificate in health disparities.
He currently practices at the J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, a federally qualified health center and healthcare for the homeless designation site, in Savannah.
Dr. Reddick’s professional interests include use of test-enhanced learning to improve academic performance and medical knowledge; prevention, early diagnosis and management of HIV and Hepatitis C in primary care; and application and teaching of social determinants of health in medical education.
“Dr. Reddick in an outstanding family medicine doctor who reflects the best of the specialty of family medicine,” said Dr. Sumner. “He is a community leader and an expert in health disparities, which makes him a great addition to the medical school faculty. He has been part of our clinical faculty for many years, and we are delighted to have him as chair.”
About Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)
Mercer University’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master’s degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences and a Ph.D. in rural health sciences.