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Paul C. Davidson, MD - Paul Davidson MD, one of the nation’s original board-recognized endocrinologists, has worked with diabetes for 42 years. Diabetes experts in Minnesota, West Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, and Emory trained him, and he has in turn trained others at West Virginia University and Emory.

Bruce W. Bode, MD, FACE - Bruce Bode, MD, FACE, is a diabetes specialist with Atlanta Diabetes Associates with special expertise and interest in insulin delivery and glucose sensing. He is past president of the Georgia Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and has served on the board of directors of the Atlanta chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the ADA, and Georgia Diabetes camps.  Read Full Bio

_MG_0715edit1N. Spencer Welch, MD - Dr. Welch was born and raised in Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and then came home to Emory University for Medical School. He did his internship and residency at Emory, Grady Hospital and affiliated hospitals. He did a chief residency at Crawford Long Hospital before doing a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Emory where he did research in development a method to measure insulin resistance in Type 2 Diabetes patients.  Read Full Bio

David G. Robertson, MD - Dr. Robertson currently practices Endocrinology with the Atlanta Diabetes Associates located at Piedmont Hospital. He has been with this practice since 1998.

Previously he was in practice at the Emory Clinic for six years. In addition to general Endocrinology, his practice focuses on metabolic risks for cardiovascular disease and endocrine disease in transplant patients.  Read Full Bio

 _MG_0688edit-2Joseph A. Johnson, PA- Mr. Johnson is a licensed Physician Assistant with Atlanta Diabetes Associates. He has been with the practice for over 10 years, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bruce Bode.

He has over 10 years experience delivering high quality care for persons with diabetes, including intensive insulin pump therapy.  Read Full Bio

Patricia Richardson, NP - Pat Richardson is a Nurse Practitioner whose nursing career stared in 1970 after obtaining a Bachelors in Nursing from St Louis University. After years as a staff member and supervisor in numerous types of Critical Care units she received her Masters in Nursing at Emory University in 1979. It was then after meeting Dr. Paul Davidson at Emory Clinic, that Pat dedicated the rest of her career to Diabetes.  Read Full Bio


Staci D Kies, PA - is a board- certified physician assistant who has been with the practice since 2006.  She is a graduate of the Emory Physician Assistant Program and also has a master’s degree in behavioral studies.  She has been a medical volunteer at Camp Kudzu, a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, since 2006.  Read Full Bio


Jonathan Final 2Jonathan G. Ownby, MD – Dr. Ownby joined Atlanta Diabetes Associates in 2012. He is a Tennessee native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lee University. He graduated medical school from the University of Tennessee and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He then moved to Atlanta and completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Ownby practices general Endocrinology and is involved in diabetes research.



Newton Mar2012Dr. Christopher Newton – joined Atlanta Diabetes Associates in 2014.  He earned his undergraduate degrees from Duke University and his Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He completed medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas.  He joined the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 2003, where he was the medical director of the inpatient diabetes management program, until he moved to Atlanta and joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2007.  Dr. Newton practices general endocrinology but specializes on the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and empowering patients to self-manage their diabetes day to day.  He has been actively involved with over 50 different research studies in the area of diabetes and its complications, has 20 plus peer-reviewed publications and has given over 100 local, national and international invited lectures.  He is the immediate Past-President for the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and serves on several of the committees for that organization nationally.



_MG_0653edit5Dr. Leblanc joined the practice in March 2008. She was born in Honduras (is fluent in Spanish) and moved to New Orleans, LA when she was 5 years old and did all of her training there.
She graduated summa cum laude with BS in biology from the University of New Orleans in 1998 and went on to graduate from Louisiana State University Medical School in 2002.

She did internship and residency in internal medicine at Earl K Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, La and received a fellowship in endocrinology from Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, La in 2008.
She practices general endocrinology but also focuses on thyroid disorders, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

She performs thyroid ultrasounds and biopsies in office and has participated in clinical research for the advancement of diagnosis/prognosis of thyroid biopsies. She is interested in finding new approaches to motivate patients develop healthy habits that will promote optimal health and keep them free of complications.