Business Portfolio - July 14, 2013

Business Portfolio is a weekly column about people in business in the metro Albany area and Southwest Georgia.


Shannon Price, M.D., has joined the staff at Southwest Georgia obstetrics-Gynecology and will practice with Paul Payne. M.D., and Penny Champion, C.N.M.

A native of Perry, Fla., Price Price graduated with high honors from Florida State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her medical degree in 2006 from FSU College of Medicine. She received several honors at the school including the Merritt R. Clements Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology Award and the American Medical Women’s Association Citation for Academic Excellence.

Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she completed her medical training in 2010, serving as OBGYN Administrative Chief Resident at Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina.

Raja Sappati, M.D., has joined Phoebe Gastroenterology Associates, a member of Phoebe Physician Group.

Sappati comes to Albany from MetroHealth Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he served as an assistant professor of medicine and where he specialized in advanced therapeutic endoscopy. His expertise in endoscopic ultrasound brings improved diagnosis of cancers, gallbladder disorders and other gastrointestinal issues.

His medical education began at Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga University in his native India. He continued his education at Kent State University in Ohio, and completed his internal medicine residency at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He and his wife, Smitha Battula, a psychiatrist, have two daughters, Sreeja and Siri.

Deborah K. McDonald of Albany has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Statewide Independent Living Council

McDonald is executive director and founder of Limb Support, Inc. She is secretary and treasurer of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind and secretary of Southwest Georgia Mended Hearts Chapter 165. She also serves on the City of Albany Barrier Free Design Board and the Albany Transit Paratransit Advisory Group.

She is active in the LifeLink of Georgia Transplant Advocacy Group, SOWEGA Council on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Connection Advisory Council and the Georgia Care, Senior Medicare Patrol Board.

McDonald earned an associate’s degree from Darton State College and is a graduate of Leadership Albany.


Lorenza Keaton of the financial services firm Edward Jones has won the company's Ted Jones prospecting Award, which recognizes advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers.

Keaton is one of just 476 of the firm's more than 12,000 advisors to receive the award.