Gainesville emergency physician recognized for trauma excellence

Published: Friday, November 4, 2022

Dr. Mohak Davé has been a leader in trauma care across the region and state for almost two decades – his impact undeniable. And for this impact, he was recently given the Governor Nathan Deal Award for Trauma Excellence at the Region 2 Trauma Advisory Committee’s (RTAC’s) Northeast Georgia Trauma Symposium on Friday, October 28.

“It’s an absolute honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Davé, medical chief of emergency services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). “Having worked for Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) for over 17 years, I can proudly say I work beside nurses, physicians, leaders and so many others who are dedicated to improving the health of the community in all we do. I would not be able to do my job without them.”

A champion of the NGMC trauma program long before its inception in 2013, Dr. Davé worked tirelessly with NGHS leaders to see NGMC Gainesville become a Level II Trauma Center — something that didn’t yet exist in northeast Georgia. At the same time, Dr. Davé served as medical director for Georgia Region II EMS, setting the standard of care for the entire region.

Dr. Davé is now working with NGHS leaders, RTAC members and others to make the changes necessary for NGMC Gainesville to become certified as a Level I Trauma Center, bringing the highest level of trauma care closer to home.

“We are so fortunate to have had Dr. Davé’s leadership here at NGHS for nearly two decades,” said Carol Burrell, CEO and president of NGHS. “Our Emergency Services and Trauma Program would not be where it is today without his tireless dedication and quiet tenacity. He is a collaborator and leader, always putting patients first and continuously improving the entire system of emergency care across the region and state. Even with the increased volume of our trauma patients, the outcomes of our trauma patients continue to improve through his leadership.”

In 2012, NGMC’s Trauma Program saw approximately 617 trauma patient admissions. Since becoming a verified Level II Trauma Center, trauma admissions have grown to more than 2,600 patients annually. To learn more about the Trauma Program at NGMC, visit

About Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega, the four NGMC campuses have a total of more than 750 beds and more than 1,200 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than one million people across more than 19 counties. Learn more at