“My goal as a primary care physician is to help guide my patients in the management of care such that their health is optimized. In doing so, I want patients to feel I have listened to them, I have coordinated their care, and I have been someone whom they can trust as a competent primary care physician.”

Board Certification

  • Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine


Internship and Residency

University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
Seattle, WA
1980 and 1982

Medical School

Emory University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Summa Cum Laude
Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate School

College of William and Mary
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Highest Honors
Williamsburg, VA

Hospitals Affiliated With

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Phoebe North Hospital

Professional Associations

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

Dougherty County Medical Society (DCMS)

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG)

Academic and National Appointments

American College of Physicians
2009 – 2010

Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society
2016 – 2017

Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University
Clinical Professor of Medicine
2005 – Present

Mercer University School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
2010 – Present

Personal Interests

“I enjoy gardening, with a special love of daylilies – which were the passion of my father-in-law,” Dr. Stubbs said. Fishing is another interest. “I had some of the best conversations and moments with my father and grandparents sitting in the boat.”

He also enjoys bicycling and tennis and Dr. Stubbs also exercises his mind…by reading and occasionally writing poetry. He traces that interest to his love for poet W.B. Yeats.

Dr. Stubbs is married to Annabelle and has three daughters, Katherine, Laura, and Emily and three grandchildren.


For Dr. Joe Stubbs, being fit is a matter for both mind and body.

“My father inspired me to go into medicine. He impressed upon me the joy and satisfaction of being a physician, where one has the opportunity to relate and care for others like no other profession,” he said.

Dr. Stubbs comes from a rich family heritage of commitment to medicine and health care. Along with his father, a retired family practitioner and medical director of DeKalb Medical Center, Dr. Stubbs has five other family members who pursued careers in medicine. His sister went into nursing, and his father-in-law was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University’s School of Medicine. He has a daughter with a Masters in Public Health, and another daughter and son-in-law who are completing medical school.

As a physician, he has been drawn toward the treatment of long-term diseases. “My most rewarding experience as a physician has been caring for patients with multiple chronic diseases and helping them improve the quality of their lives and do more of the things they like to do.” He has a passion not only for caring for patients but also for improving the health system in which the care is delivered.

Packing so much into a busy life has its challenges, Dr. Stubbs admits. But the payoff makes it all worthwhile.