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Physician, First Georgia Physicians Group | CEO, Privia Medical Group – Georgia

Dr. Jim Sams serves as the CEO of Privia Medical Group – Georgia. Dr. Sams has experienced all sides of the medical practice from small group, to multi-specialty, to employment with large hospitals. His understanding of what physician autonomy means for the future of healthcare is why Dr. Sams works to empower independent physician practices to remain independent, achieve Triple Aim goals, and be rewarded for the value they create.
Prior to joining Privia, Dr. Sams was a practicing Internal Medicine physician, CMO and Chairman of the Board of the Piedmont Clinic, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare.

He worked as CMO and Chairman of the Board of the Piedmont’s 1,100 physician IPA and served as co-medical director of its provider sponsored health plan. Dr. Sams oversaw the Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition of Piedmont physician group, launched a national payor’s Collaborative Accountable Care model, and served as Chief Medical Officer for Piedmont Healthcare’s Southern region which included Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, and Piedmont Henry Hospital.

Dr. Sams was a founding member and board chair of Fayette Medical Clinic, the first primary care based multi-specialty group in Fayette county. The group provided the first diagnostic center and other hospital grade services in the largest county in the state, without its own hospital. Dr. Sams was also a chairman of the board of Sentinel Health Partners, a physician company engaged in global risk Medicare contracting from 1999 to 2001.

Dr. Sams earned a BS from Southwestern at Memphis, his MD for Emory University School of Medicine, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and garnered an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University.