MACON – Mercer University School of Medicine faculty and Mercer Medicine physicians Harold Katner, M.D., Candi Nobles-James, M.D., and Jeffrey Stephens, M.D., FACP, FISDA, were recently featured on Georgia Trend magazine’s inaugural list of the state’s top physicians.
Dr. Katner has worked with Mercer since 1985, serving as an infectious disease care provider and an educator. He earned his M.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency at the University Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans.
Dr. Katner is dedicated to community education and work, including more than 500 HIV prevention programs for adolescents from fifth grade to college level. He’s been recognized with numerous awards for his commitment to community service and HIV research.
Dr. Nobles-James serves as associate professor of internal medicine and associate dean for student affairs. She began the inpatient endocrine service at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and directed it from 2012-2017. Most recently, she practiced at The Jones Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Wellness in Macon, before joining Mercer Medicine.
She earned her M.D. from Mercer and bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University. She completed an internal medicine residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and a fellowship in diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Stephens earned his M.D. from Mercer as a member of the medical school’s second graduating class and his bachelor’s degree with honors from Georgia State University. He trained in internal medicine at Emory University and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Wake Forest University in 1992. He returned to Macon and has been a member of the Mercer faculty since that time, advancing to professor of medicine in 2003.
He has served as chief of medicine for Navicent Health, clerkship director for internal medicine, assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and currently serves as interim chair of medicine. During his career, he has received the J. Willis Hurst Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Leonard Tow Award from the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.