Northeast Georgia Health System Launches New Heart & Vascular Institute

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) continues to lead the way in innovative heart care with the launch of the state’s most forward-thinking heart and vascular program: Georgia Heart Institute.

“While NGHS has a long and rich tradition of providing exceptional heart and vascular care, Georgia Heart Institute represents a bold new vision for the future of our region – and beyond,” says Habib Samady, MD, interventional cardiologist and President of Georgia Heart Institute. “Our priority is continuing to provide top quality care, but we’re also focusing on expanding access to appointments, providing an exceptional patient experience, and increasing collaboration between all our cardiologist and surgeons.”

All 14 locations of The Heart Center of NGMC are now called Georgia Heart Institute. While the practice name has changed, the addresses and phone numbers are still the same – and the cardiologists, advanced practitioners and staff include the same people many already know and trust.

The renowned cardiothoracic surgeons of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG), the vascular surgeons of NGPG and Longstreet Clinic, and other aligned practices will also collaborate through the Georgia Heart Institute – but those practice names have not changed. Other aligned practices include: Cardiovascular Clinic of North Georgia, Gainesville Heart & Vascular Group and Sibley Heart Center Cardiology.

“We have a lot of smart and talented people who already touch our heart and vascular services, and we are recruiting more national and international talent to join them,” says Dr. Samady. “We’re also continuing to grow our research teams to expand our involvement in clinical trials, lead more innovative studies, and put further emphasis on developing and exploring new technologies. Georgia Heart Institute’s foundation of high-quality care provided every day will be complemented by a spirit of innovation – so we’re always looking ahead to the next amazing breakthrough.”

“The launch of the Georgia Heart Institute exemplifies our clinicians’ commitment to improving lives today and for generations to come,” says Carol Burrell, NGHS President & CEO. “Plus, the name more accurately reflects the many people who already travel from across the entire state to seek expert care from our cardiologists and surgeons.”

If you have an appointment currently scheduled with The Heart Center of NGMC – now called Georgia Heart Institute – on or after September 7, there’s nothing you need to do.

You can learn more about the Georgia Heart Institute and schedule appointments online at or call 770-534-2020. Video appointments are available as well.



Georgia Heart Institute is the most forward-thinking heart and vascular program in the state and includes one of the largest cardiology practices in the region, including more than 80 practitioners seeing patients at more than a dozen locations. With a multi-disciplinary team of experts treating nearly every type of heart and vascular disease and participating in leading national research, we’re providing advanced care that ensures lasting heart health for generations. Request an appointment and learn more at

The experts of Georgia Heart Institute also form the core of the cardiac care team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s four hospitals in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega. It’s all part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit which serves more than 1 million people across the region. Learn more at