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Two Southwest Georgia physicians featured in Georgia Trend '40 Under 40'

Albany, GA

The Albany Herald
Jennifer Maddox Parks

ALBANY, Ga. -- The October 2013 edition of “Georgia Trend” has been released with this year’s “40 Under 40” selections which include two physicians from Southwest Georgia.

Jocelyn Rogers, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, and Kiyoshi Yamazaki, M.D., a sports medicine specialist based in Albany, were named in this year’s “40 Under 40” selection.

This month marked the 17th year the magazine has presented a group of 40 Georgians under the age of 40 representing business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation and education. The group was chosen from nominations made by readers throughout the state, with the final selections being made by the “Georgia Trend” editorial staff.

Rogers, 38, also serves as medical director of women’s services at Phoebe Sumter. She was put on a path toward a career in medicine through a high school seminar.

“Since 10th grade, I kind of knew I wanted to work in medicine and especially with women’s health,” Rogers was quoted in her “Georgia Trend” profile.

Rogers is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed a residency at Tulane University before relocating to Americus.

She said she considers increasing awareness in women about their health a top priority.

“I notice that a lot of young female patients are not very knowledgeable about their health.” Rogers said. “I just try to educate them on their health and how they can live a longer, healthier life.”

Rogers serves on the board of directors at South Georgia Technical College and the Sumter Historic Trust, and has traveled to Haiti on a medical mission.

Yamazaki, 36, is a fourth-generation Japanese-American who arrived in Albany in 2008 when he began his time with the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program. A native of Los Angeles, he played numerous sports as a child and went on camping outings as a Boy Scout — giving him a skill set of learning to treat athletic-related injuries and a knowledge of emergency preparedness.

“I’m trying to educate people on ways they can stay safe and stay active,” Yamazaki said in the magazine’s profile.

The sports medicine specialist earned his medical degree from the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine. He has served as a team physician for several high school sports teams and two professional sports teams. He won the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program’s community service award in 2011, and regularly mentors students interested in pre-med programs, his “40 Under 40” profile said.

Two individuals from Valdosta also made the list — Sharah Denton, 32, community and parent relations specialist with the Brooks County Board of Education, and Trey Taylor, 39, chief executive officer of Taylor Insurance Services. The honorees will be recognized at Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” awards ceremony taking place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Oct. 22.

Read this article on the Albany Herald Website.

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