Sept. 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Dr. Franklin Roosevelt (Rosey) Gilliam III, a world-renowned cardiologist and electrophysiologist who played football and ran track for the University of Georgia, has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award.
Gilliam will be recognized at the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game on Saturday and will receive the award at a ceremony next spring.
Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia's long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award is one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete. The Hartman Award has been presented annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.
"When the news reached me that I was selected for this award, I was speechless,” Gilliam said. “To be recognized and placed in the company of the previous winners of this award is humbling. Coach Hartman epitomized hard work, dedication and as well as accomplishment. Few contacted him without developing a more focused and balanced outlook of the world. His example instilled everyone with a desire to achieve his maximum potential. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the University of Georgia, participate in football, track and the academic program where my world outlook was shaped in a manner to allow success after graduation. I must thank my parents, Roosevelt and Betty Gilliam, as well as my grandparents who lived exemplary lives giving me the pattern to enjoy what success that I have enjoyed to date. I believe this award is a testament to their influence in the lives of not only me but my brother, Wayne, and my sister, Patrice.”
A native of Lancaster, S.C., currently practicing electrophysiology with the Cardiology Associates of Northeast Arkansas, Gilliam graduated cum laude from Georgia with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry in 1978. During his undergraduate studies, Gilliam was a two-sport athlete, playing football and running track. Gilliam was named the top defensive back for the Georgia freshmen team in 1975, and finished his career with four interceptions.
Gilliam’s most notable accomplishments came in the classroom, however, as he earned Presidential Scholar and National Achievement Scholar honors in 1975. Despite playing football and running track at Georgia, Gilliam made it clear that he chose the university to pursue an education as he enrolled in the University’s Honors Program. In 1978, he earned the Senior Superlative for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service, and was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society.
After finishing his undergraduate studies at Georgia, Gilliam enrolled in Duke's School of Medicine in 1978 and received his doctorate in 1981. A year later, Gilliam earned the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Merit Scholar Award and the Jaycee Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award.
Gilliam published his first medical paper, “Monolayer Growth and Differentiated Function in Granulosa Cells Cultured Freezing,” in 1981, and went on to publish a follow-up of the study in 1982, before finishing his residency in 1985 in the Duke Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine with a focus in Electrophysiology. Upon completion of his fellowship, Gilliam was given a position as a member of the medical faculty in the Division of Cardiology at Duke’s Medical Center. After years of practice in Richmond, Va., Gilliam returned to Duke to serve as Clinical Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Electrophysiology Section of the Cardiology Division.
Gilliam is also a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Black Cardiologists, where he received the Heroes Award for his commitment to teach and mentor young physicians.
"Dr. Gilliam is very deserving of the Bill Hartman Award," Georgia Director of Athletics Greg McGarity said. "Not only is Dr. Gilliam a renowned physician who has saved lives and increased the quality of life for so many, but as a mentor, he has guaranteed that his field will be in good hands for years to come. Like Coach Hartman, Dr. Gilliam has dedicated his life to helping others. Coach Hartman loved Georgia and he cared so much about young people. Coach would be very proud of the work Dr. Gilliam has done and continues to do for the health and well-being of countless individuals."
Previous Hartman Award winners include former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1992); Atlanta Olympic Committee CEO and Augusta National chairman Billy Payne (1992); former Gov. Carl Sanders (1993); Atlanta developer Tom Cousins (1993); legendary former tennis coach Dan Magill (1994); former high school coach Billy Henderson (1995); former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard (1996); noted amateur golfer Jimmy Gabrielsen (1997); physician Dr. Andy Roddenbery (1998); Athens businessman Hilton Young Jr. (1999); Harvard University Department of Dermatology Chief of Staff Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen (2000); vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Lawhorne (2001); endoscopic laser surgeon Dr. Thomas Lyons (2002); neurosurgeon and former team physician Dr. Robert E. Dicks III (2003); Atlanta businessman William Young (2004); longtime juvenile court judge, the Hon. Aaron Cohn (2005); housing developer Keith McSwain (2006); Athens transportation executive Mack H. Guest III (2007); pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Kathy McMinn (2008); Coca-Cola executive Frank Ros (2009); college, professional and international basketball standout Teresa Edwards (2010); and Georgia swimming head coach Jack Bauerle (2011).