Citizen of the Month
For nearly five decades, Dr. Booker Poe has provided quality pediatric services to many who were raised in what is now known as South Fulton. Hailing from Eustis, Florida, Dr. Poe settled in Atlanta in 1969 to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping children live healthy lives. He has done so in a manner that is unprecedented. In fact, it was so unprecedented that he is the recipient of countless awards from the Georgia State Medical Association as well as the Atlanta Medical Association.
In 1980, Dr. Poe was named Physician of the Year by the Georgia General Assembly after spearheading the fight for legislation that resulted in the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, which enabled Medicaid patients to receive immunizations in doctors’ offices while simultaneously allowing the physicians to be compensated. For his longevity and for playing a vital role in the healthcare and well-being of the community, Dr. Poe was among nine other doctors who are paid homage to at Doctor’s Memorial Park (at the corner of Fairburn Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive) in January.
Dr. Poe served many years as a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Atlanta Medical Association. His current board memberships include Health First Foundation and the Georgia State Medical Association. In 2013, he served as the Honorary President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Poe earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University, and he received his formal medical training at Meharry Medical College. A widower, Dr. Poe is the proud father of two adult children: an attorney and an educator/journalist, and two granddaughters: a pre-med student and a prep school student who aspires to pursue law and politics.