NGMC adding local physicians as inaugural class of residents graduates

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The first 12 family medicine resident physicians trained at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), and the second class of 19 internal medicine resident physicians, are moving on to the next step in their careers.

Family Medicine Graduates, Class of 2023

Three family medicine graduates have accepted offers to join Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) to continue improving the health of the community. Three internal medicine graduates are remaining at NGMC to complete their fellowships, while two others have been hired to work in Gainesville.

“I’m beyond proud of this inaugural class,” said family medicine residency program director Monica Newton, DO. “They have paved the way for our future physician leaders in family medicine. For those who are staying in our region to practice, I think it says a lot about our patient population – which they have grown to love. NGMC has prepared them well, and they are ready for full-time practice.”

Family medicine graduates Drs. Maria and Sergio Angel and Dr. Victoria Timmermans will begin practicing with NGPG family medicine on Aug. 28. The Angels will be at the Oakwood location, and Dr. Timmermans will be at the Cleveland location.

Internal Medicine Graduates, Class of 2023

Three internal medicine graduates will continue their specialty fellowship training at NGMC. Drs. Christine Sykalo and Abdullah Asreb will train in cardiovascular disease, along with Dr. Miriam Anwar in hospice/palliative medicine.

Two other internal medicine graduates are also staying in Gainesville. Dr. Hadia Ahmad has been hired by NGMC as an inpatient hospitalist, and Dr. Rosemary Chofor will be practicing ambulatory care with Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic.  

“Our health system and our patients have come to rely on our residents and really connect with them,” said John E. Delzell, Jr., MD, vice president of medical education for Northeast Georgia Health System and designated institutional official for NGMC. “We’re accomplishing our goal of adding excellent new doctors to care for our community for generations to come. I’m so excited to see all that they will accomplish in the future.”

NGMC currently has 192 physician learners spanning nine specialties – internal medicine, primary care track, family medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, psychiatry, transitional year, cardiovascular disease and hospice/palliative medicine. There will be over 200 physician learners by 2024, making NGMC one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state. The idea is to train the physician leaders of tomorrow right here in Hall County, so that they will stay to practice in this region and the state.

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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, Dahlonega and Demorest, the five NGMC campuses have a total of more than 850 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