Board of Trustees

A Welcome from Our Board of Trustees Chair


The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority has remained dedicated for over seven decades to ensuring that the communities we serve have access to quality care. We have made it our mission to decrease health disparities and promote the general health of the communities we serve through advocacy, education, and outreach.

As owners of The Grady Health System, we are proud to support Grady's critical role in the community, because we need Grady and Grady needs us all. Looking forward to seeing you in the community.

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Chair, Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Dortch

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
- Chair

Education: Undergraduate degree: Fort Valley State University; Ford Fellow, Urban Administration, Georgia State University; Master’s: Criminal Justice Administration, Clark Atlanta University

Background: Chairman and CEO of TWD Inc., consulting; president, South West Investment Group; CEO, Atlanta Transportation Systems Inc.; chairman and CEO, Cornerstone Parking Co; former aide to U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn

Pamela S. Stephenson

Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.
- Vice Chair

Education: Undergraduate degree: Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan; two Master’s degrees: University of Michigan; Law Degree: Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

Background: Managing partner, Stephenson Reynolds Law Group, LLC. Was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002 as a Democrat. Formerly executive director of the State Health Planning agency; served on the State Medical Education Board.

Micheal Coleman

Micheal Coleman

Background: Michael Coleman, Esq. is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group with a focus on corporate and governmental matters. His diverse experience covers a wide variety of corporate issues, including mergers and acquisitions, asset transfers, corporate finance, securities, internal investigations, public/private transactions, counseling company directors and officers, and business litigation. He also has a broad range of governmental experience, including public/private partnerships and municipal finance transactions.

He has represented a wide range of business and governmental entities, including financial institutions, technology companies, intellectual property companies, manufacturing companies, service companies, nonprofit entities, municipalities, counties, community development organizations, and companies in the health care and entertainment sectors. Michael was the City Attorney for the city of Atlanta (1990-1994) under Mayor Maynard Jackson. He also represented the city in contract negotiations related to the 1996 Olympics.

Sharon Bent-Harley

Sharon Bent-Harley, M.D.-Secretary

Education: Hunter College, City University of NY, B.A. 1977; State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, M.D. 1981

Background: Dr. Sharon Harley is a board certified OB/GYN who is fellowship trained in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. She has served the community as an OB/GYN in the Metro Atlanta and the surrounding indigent Community for more than 25 years. Her focus includes Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Hysterectomy Alternatives, Bioequivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy, Preventive Health, Anti-Aging, Weight Management, Obstetric Services and Perimenopausal / Andropausal Medicine. Dr. Harley actively participates in teaching interns and residents as assistant clinical instructor at Emory University Hospital at Midtown and has staff privileges at Northside Hospital.

Robert W. Miller

Robert W. Miller

Education: Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa
Law Degree: Yale Law School, awarded John Currier Gallagher Prize

Background: Retired partner, King & Spalding LLP; Board of Directors, Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (2008-2014); Past President, American Health Lawyers Association; Professor of Health Law (Adjunct), Emory Law School (2000-2015); Editor in Chief, Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law (2007-2011).

He was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority by Fulton County Commissioner Lee Morris in January 2017.

Annette Bernard

Annette Bernard, MD, FACP - Treasurer

Background: Annette Bernard, MD, FACP was appointed to the FDHA in 2012 by Commissioner Joan Garner. Dr. Bernard completed her training at the University of Michigan, where she as Chief Resident and a Fellow in General Internal Medicine. She also received an MS in statistical analysis and research design while there, and was appointed to the faculty. She came to Atlanta to join the faculty of Emory University, where she was also appointed Director of the General Internal Medicine Clinic at Grady Hospital. While there she instituted a number of programs to improve patient flow, preventive care and wellness. She is currently in private practice in Atlanta. She is on the staff of Piedmont Hospital and is a board member of the Piedmont Clinic. Her particular interests are in prevention and wellness promotion.

Bernie Tokarz

Bernie Tokarz

Education: Undergraduate degree: University of Georgia, B.S.A. 2011.

Background: Manager with Cornerstone OnDemand; former Director of Public Policy Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, August 2015 to present.

He was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority by Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann in January 2016.

Sultan Jabari Simms, MD, DFAPA

Sultan Jabari Simms, MD, DFAPA

Education: Undergraduate degree: Yale University, B.A. 1996; Medical Degree: Morehouse School of Medicine, M.D. 2001.

Background: Magellan Health, Medical Director – Southeast Clinical Center of Excellence; former Medical Director – Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities; Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Executive Board Member-Secretary, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.

He was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority by Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington in January 2016.


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The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority promotes the health of the greater Atlanta community. Governed by a ten member Board of Trustees appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Authority is committed to working to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties through oversight of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation.

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