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Speaker: Gary A. Goforth, M.D.

Medical Director

  • March 24, 2021
  • Diana Landero
Rotary Club Meeting: March 24, 2021

Brief Bio: Gary A. Goforth, MD

Current Position: Medical Director, Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida

Prior Position: Founding Program Director of the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health (Fort Myers) from May 2012 to June 2018

• B.A. (Physics), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1976)
• M.D., Vanderbilt School of Medicine (1980) • Residency in Family Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI (1980-83) • Fellowship in Tropical Medicine (earned Masters in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland (1990).

• U.S. Army: Active duty 1980-1993. South Carolina Army National Guard (1994-2002); Retired as Colonel (2002). Awarded Bronze Star during first Gulf War.
• Medical Director: Founding Medical Director of the Greater Greenwood United Ministry Free Medical Clinic (1997-2012), Clinica Gratis Free Clinic (2009), and Abbeville County Free Clinic (2011)
• Volunteers in Medical Missions: currently serve as Board Chair and team leader, previously served as Chairman of the Board, Advisory Board member, team leader (1994-current)

Rotary International:
• District Governor D-7750 in 2011-12
• District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for 2012-15
• Charter President of Rotary E-Club of the Carolinas (2012-13)
• District 6960 CART Chair (2016-current)
• District 7750 Global Grants Chair (2012-2020)
• Rotary E-Club of the Carolinas Secretary/Treasurer (2016-current)
• CART VP Research Grants (2019-current)
• Rotary 7750 Charities, Inc. (501c3) President (2020-current)

• South Carolina Medical Association Physician of the Year for Service (1999)
• SCAHEC Halford Award for Humane Medical Education (2001)
• South Carolina Rural Health Association Excellence in Rural Education Award (2006)
• SCAFP Family Physician of the Year (2008)
• AAFP Family Physician of the Year (Top 5 finalist in 2009)
• SCMA Continuing Medical Education Award (2010)
• Rotary International Service Above Self Award (2002)
• Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service (2004)
• Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award (2014)
• Rotary International Cliff Dochterman Award (2011)
• Boy Scouts Long Cane District Distinguished Citizen Award (2011)
• Lee Memorial Health System Physician of the Month (Feb 2014)
• Lee County Medical Society 2014 Award for Health Education (Jan 2015)

Hobbies: International medical missions, bicycling, kayaking, horseback riding, SCUBA diving

Married to Kathy Goforth, 3 children (Jonathan, Michael, Sarah), and 4 grandchildren (Emma, Paul, Charlie, and Christina)

Birthdays & Celebrations:

  • Mar 7: Anniversary - Larry & Fran Bober
  • Mar 7: Birthday - Pam (Stan)
  • Mar 15: Anniversary - Alex Cascarrano & Adriana
  • Mar 17: Birthday - Hector
  • Mar 18: Birthday - Wolf
  • Mar 29: Birthday - Alex
  • Upcoming Events & Activities:

    District Foundation Grant Calendar

    March means it’s time for clubs to submit district grants for the next Rotary year. Application submissions open up on DACDB at 12:00 AM on March 1 and close it out at 11:59 PM on April 30. These grants help us Do Good In The World.

    Infinite Possibilities: Series 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    A multi-part webinar series offers you the opportunity to hear from very dynamic speakers who will offer vision, encouragement, enthusiasm and motivation to grow club membership. We encourage you to invite not only your fellow Rotarians, but prospective members as well. You can register below for this session, as well as the March and April events. Non-Rotarians can register at:

    • March 26, 2021 – Investing in Equity, hosted by District 6960 Governor Darryl Keys, with featured speaker Xavier Ramey, fellow Rotarian from Chicago. Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Investing in Equity, March 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EDT

    • April 30, 2021 – Celebrate Diversity, with special guest speakers Rotary International President Holger Knack, Rotary International Director Peter Kyle and Anna Ekbäck. Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Celebrate Diversity, April 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EDT

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