Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

About Us

Our Department faculty are dedicated to caring for a diverse patient population in a variety of settings, improving the health of patients and families through cutting-edge research, and educating learners.

We train:

Students (medicine, physician assistant, nursing)
Residents (family medicine, preventive medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery)
Fellows (hospice and palliative medicine)

Divisions, Programs and Faculty

In the Spotlight

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), as well as to integrating the practice of DEI into every facet of our Department.

The Department offers community engagement opportunities for our faculty, staff, residents and students through partnerships with local organizations. 

The Dept. of Family and Preventive Medicine hosts a quarterly DEI Grand Rounds. The next speaker will be Dr. Sherita Hill Golden, Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. More details soon!

News Highlights

Dr. Rosette Chakkalakal Named Preventive Medicine Division Director June 2022

Rosette Chakkalakal, MD, MHS, has been appointed Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chakkalakal currently practices in the Grady Primary Care Clinic. Her work in diabetes prevention includes partnership with Emory and Grady employee health providers and related programs such as the Grady Food as Medicine program and the Emory Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Rosette Chakkalakal

Dr. Thompson Appointed Family Medicine Division Director Jan. 2022

Dr. Tina-Ann Thompson has been named Division Director for the Division of Family Medicine. Dr. Thompson is also the Program Lead for Emory Primary Care (over 50 practice locations and 120 providers) working directly with practices as a medical director.

Dr. Thompson

FMR Health Research Track names 1st Scholar Jan. 2022

Dr. Nikhila Gandrakota has been named the first Family Medicine Residency Health Research Track Scholar. As part of this program, Dr. Gandrakota will prepare a manuscript for publication, present research findings at a national conference, and work under the supervision of her mentors.  

Dr. Gandrakota

After serving as Interim Director, as of July 1, 2021 Sandra Valenciano, MD, MPH became the permanent CEO/District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health. Dr. Valenciano completed her residency in Preventive Medicine at Emory in 2020 and she serves as adjunct assistant professor for the division. 

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