Faculty and Staff

As teaching physicians, we take our role as Faculty members very seriously. As medicine continues to change, we must keep current with quality measures, patient satisfaction trends and best practice recommendations. In doing so, we are able to provide our Residents with the skills they need to treat and care for their patients and the community.


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Kirby O. Smith, DO

Family Medicine Program Director
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Lisa Rudolph-Watson, MD

Psychiatry Program Director
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Jessica Mitchum, DO

Family Medicine Faculty

Dr. Mitchum is a former resident of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program and joined the residency’s core faculty after she graduated. She was a part of the inaugural residency class here at Georgia South, and is proud to continue practicing in the community where she was trained. Dr. Brumfield Mitchum is passionate about health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Her medical interests also include women’s health and rural medicine, which is rooted in her upbringing in a small Louisiana town with limited access to medical resources.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus, Suwanee, GA
Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, Moultrie, GA
Drexel University College of Medicine – Master of Science
Xavier University of Louisiana – Bachelor of Science


Board Certification – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

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Melissa E. Cardwell, DO

Family Medicine Faculty

Dr. Melissa Cardwell is a part of our faculty at Georgia South and loves to teach our residents about Wellness. She has been an advocate for whole person wellness for as long as she could remember. It is her privilege and a blessing to bring physician wellness components to our program. Her favorite part of teaching, besides learning from the residents, is helping them avoid mistakes that she has already made as a physician. She loves being apart of each resident’s journey and helping make an impact on their life. She counts it as a blessing to be faculty at Georgia South. Outside of teaching our residents, Dr. Cardwell loves spending time with her husband and children. Her husband also enjoys teaching and learning medicine. In the wee hours of the morning, you can usually find Dr. Cardwell reading or writing for pleasure where usually they all contain some sort of wellness.


Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri
Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, KS
William Penn University, Oskaloosa, IA


Board Certified – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

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Jared Cardwell, MD

Family Medicine Faculty

Dr. Jared Cardwell enjoys teaching our residents about inpatient and hospital medicine. Our hospital is called Family Medicine Residency Service. His desire each and every day is to make the Family Medicine Residency Service the best that it can be for our residents so that they have all of the resources that they need to adequately take care of our patients. Dr. Cardwell takes his role as a faculty member at Georgia South very seriously. He takes pleasure in having the opportunity to invest in the resident’s lives and to help them become the best physician that they possibly can be, but also as individuals. One of Dr. Cardwell’s favorite teaching moments was when our residents awarded him with Preceptor of the Year.


Medical College of Georgia
Via Chrisiti Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, KS
Valdosta State University


Board Certified – American Board of Family Medicine


Colquitt Regional Medical Center
3131 South Main Street
Moultrie, 31768
O: (229) 985-3420

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Kayla Batchelor, DO

Family Medicine Faculty

Dr. Batchelor is a former resident of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program and joined the residency‘s core faculty after she graduated. She received her medical degree from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. With a particular interest in women’s health and in-office procedures, Dr. Batchelor enjoys the ever-changing nature of Family Medicine, which allows her to be apart of the unique events of her patients’ lives.


Alabama School of Osteopathic Medicine
Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, Moultrie, GA
 Bellhaven University


Board Certification – American Board of Family Medicine

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Nick Carden, PhD

Behavioral Medicine Faculty

Dr. Carden is a Georgia licensed psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. He has been involved in teaching and coordinating Behavioral Medicine Services for Family Medicine Residency programs for over 25 years. He is married and has one son, who is a commercial airline pilot. Dr. Carden enjoys coaching and teaching baseball during his free time and is also involved in breeding and showing Arabian show horses.


Ph.D. in Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Silber Psychological Services, Raleigh, North Carolina
Child and Adolescent Psychology
B.S. in Psychology, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia
M.S. in Psychology, Radford University, Radford, Virginia


PhD Counseling Psychology Florida State University
Masters Clinical Psychology Radford University

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Kent Posey, MD

Psychiatry Faculty
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Muhammad Alam, MD

Psychiatry Faculty
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James Drury, MD

Psychiatry Faculty

Robert Maydell, MD

Psychiatry Faculty

Joe Morgan, MD

Psychiatry Faculty

Wendy Vandemark, MD

Psychiatry Faculty

Administrative Staff


Victoria Gallagher

Institutional Coordinator


Jordan Key

Medical Education Administrator
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Caleb Moore

Program Coordinator
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Kristoff Cohran

Psychiatry Residency Program Coordinator
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Autumn Cordell

Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator