Georgia State Medical Association, Inc., (GSMA) is the state affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA). The Association was founded in 1893 under the leadership of Dr. H.R Butler of Atlanta, Dr. G.N Stoney of Augusta, Dr. G.S. Burns of Augusta, Dr. W.H. Harris of Athens, and Dr. A.S. Hartley of Savannah. Originally the Georgia State Medical Association of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists, the Association's name was later changed to Georgia State Medical Association to be consistent with its true membership.
GSMA operates with the state of Georgia and gives voice to the concerns of African American physicians and their patients. The GSMA is a non-exclusive organization that works to represent its members in all medical, scientific, legislative, public health and other related matters. Membership in the Association is open to all reputable and legally qualified physicians in the state of Georgia. Working with other organizations, the GSMA is committed to bringing about radical change in healthcare in the state, for the benefit of all of its citizens
Members of Georgia State Medical Association serve on the faculties of all medical schools in the state of Georgia -Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical College of Georgia, and Mercer University School of Medicine.
The Georgia Physicians Association (GPA) is the political action committee of the Georgia State Medical Association. The GPA works with elected officials and other community decision makers to develop policy and influence matters that impact our members and their patients.
GPA strongly advocates for policies and legislation designed to narrow the health disparities gap and to improve the quality of life for all Georgia residents. The GPA worked collaboratively with other health care organizations in Georgia to pass tort reform legislation. GPA leverages its resources and builds coalitions necessary to assure access to affordable health care, affordable for all Georgia residents, with emphasis on those with the greatest need.
The administration office of the Association is located on the campus of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The association meets quarterly in different location in the state, and holds its Annual Convention each June.