H. Downey Society presents
Samuel O. Poole Award
Medical Center Foundation’s Downey Society Honors James
A. Butts, MD
The Medical Center Foundation’s
physician-giving club, the James H. Downey Society,
recently recognized James A. Butts, MD with the Samuel
O. Poole Award. The award was established in 2001 by the
Downey Society to honor physicians who exhibit
outstanding leadership, generosity and service to the
community such as that of Samuel O. Poole, MD for whom
the award has been named. The Downey Society is
co-chaired by Pepper Brown, MD, a surgeon with Northeast
Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates, and Buddy
Langston, MD, a pediatrician retired from the Longstreet
Following his training in oncology at
Winship Clinic in Atlanta (currently Emory Clinic), Dr.
Butts moved to Gainesville and served as the only
board-certified medical oncologist in Northeast Georgia
for more than 20 years.
“As the first and only medical
oncologist in our area for more than 20 years, Jim is
known for his compassionate concern for others and
personal sacrifice to accommodate patients,” says Dr.
Langston. “He has certainly demonstrated generosity and
selfless care for others in the generous spirit of Dr.
Poole, while seeking no recognition for himself. We are
honored to recognize him with this award.”
Dr. Butts is known not only for his
extraordinary medical contributions as a pioneer of
oncology and hematology specialties in the Northeast
Georgia region, but also for his role as champion for
high quality healthcare for the community’s uninsured
and underserved. Since 2007, he has volunteered as
Medical Director of Good News Clinics, which provides
free medical and dental services, as well as medications
to Hall County residents who are uninsured and unable to
afford health care.
Prior to hospice care, Dr. Butts
assumed the responsibility of treating patients in their
terminal phase of care. “Jim has always been very
dedicated and highly regarded by other physicians as
well as his patients,” says Dr. Brown. “He served
admirably for many years as the only resource of cancer
care to other physicians. He continues to provide his
time and talents to our community today through his
volunteer service and leadership at Good News Clinics.”
In addition to local community
support, Dr. Butts has actively served in leadership
roles on both the state and local levels, including his
service as president of Georgia Medical Care Foundation
and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Chief of Staff, as
well as numerous other boards and committees.
Dr. Butts is the
third recipient of this prestigious award, following
Samuel O. Poole in 2001 and
Dr. T. Gregory DeLong in
Co-chairs Dr. Pepper Brown and Dr. Buddy Langston with
the Downey Society committee
Dr. Jack Chapman, Dr. Tim Scully, Dr. Andrew Green, Dr.
Jack Griffeth, Dr. Bill Hallowes, Dr. Jim Jackson, Dr.
and Dr. Ricky LoCicero (not pictured Dr. Frank Lake III
and Dr. Larry Morris)