Research & Innovation Month

Research & Innovation Month includes presentations, poster sessions, networking opportunities and more.

Key Events 2023

Register today for one of our Research & Innovation Month events below!
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NGHS Excellence in Patient Care Speaker Series and Panel

Revolutionizing Healthcare: Employing human centered design to become the greatest health system on earth

October 3, 2023
Noon – 1 p.m

Please join us in person for this back to back session covering patient experience and maternal cardiac care and to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Invited Speaker: Angela Taylor, MD, MS

About Dr. Taylor

Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Medicine and Interventional Cardiology Medical Director at the Coronary Intensive Care Unit in the University of Virginia Heart & Vascular Center. In addition to her expertise in chronic total occlusion interventional cardiology, Dr. Taylor is the PI or Co-investigator on several successful ongoing collaborations with NIH-funded basic science researchers she has provided human phenotyping in the cardiac catheterization and imaging laboratories, robust data management systems, statistical analysis, and specimen banking. Dr. Taylor has specific expertise in intravascular ultrasound and virtual histology and expertise in statistical analysis of human data including multivariate analysis. She currently directs the coronary care unit and the cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit. She also specializes in leading culture change across many areas of Heart and Vascular.

Hope for Georgia Moms: Impacting the maternal crisis

October 3, 2023
1 – 2 p.m.
Invited Speaker: Jane Ellis, MD, PhD

About Dr. Ellis

Jane Ellis, MD, PhD, is Medical Director of the Emory Regional Perinatal Center, and Assistant Professor in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University. Her talk will focus on outcomes of the Maternal Mortal Review Committee (MMRC) in Georgia, and contributions to maternal mortality in morbidity. In the panel that follows, discussion will center on the new, statewide Hope for Georgia Moms Program and the groundbreaking work of the Maternal Cardiac Program led by the NGHS Women and Children Program and Georgia Heart Institute.

Dr. Ellis is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and the medical director of the Emory Regional Perinatal Center at the Grady Health System and an associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ellis is a founding member of Georgia’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC) and member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Maternal Mortality.

Grand Rounds | Georgia Heart Institute

Join us online for this presentation to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Lanksy, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, FESC
Dr. Lanksy is a Professor of Medicine in the section of Cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and is a practicing cardiologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.

October 4, 2023
7 – 8 a.m.

Level 1 Trauma: Meeting the Challenge Speaker & Panel

Join us online for this presentation to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Nathan Creel, MD, FACS
Dr. Creel is a General Surgeon in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Certified in Surgical Critical Care, and is an active NGHS Graduate Medical Education Faculty Member. Dr. Creel has been with Northeast Georgia Health System since 2014. His research areas of interest include blood product transfusions in the prehospital setting and Dr. Creel supports the carrying of blood products with Air Life Georgia 14 and Air Life Georgia 2.
Panel Members: Dr. Matthew Vassy, MD FACS, Dr. Nathan Creel, MD, FACS, and Kyle Gibson, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, TCRN

October 10, 2023
Noon – 1 p.m.

Advances in Cancer Care and Oncology Research Speaker & Panel

October 10, 2023
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us online for this presentation to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS

About Dr. Kalinsky

Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine: Dr. Kalinsky serves as the director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship where he is tasked with fulfilling the vision to improve breast cancer outcomes by aligning research and education with cancer treatment and prevention. 

Dr. Kalinsky received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Masters in Biostatistics, Patient Oriented Research Track from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. His training included a Residency and Medical Oncology Fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Breast Cancer Advanced Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Kalinsky’s research involves the development of early-phase clinical trials to assess novel therapeutics in breast cancer based on tumor genomics. He has received the NCI Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award, Physician of Impact Award by Komen Greater NYC, Ewig Clinical Scholar Teaching Award, and SWOG Career Engagement Award

2023 Research & Innovation Month Multidisciplinary Poster Session

Please join us in-person in Walters Auditorium to learn more about and celebrate the Quality, Evidence-Based Practice, and Research Innovation work of leaders at NGHS presenting posters prior to the invited speaker at noon. 

October 17, 2023
11 a.m. – Noon
Walters Auditorium | NGMC Gainesville

NGHS Nursing Excellence Presents: Healthcare Worker Wellness Speaker & Panel

Join us online for this presentation to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Invited Speaker: Dr. Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN
Dr. Davidson is a Nurse Scientist at the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Davidson is nationally renowned for her research in healthcare worker wellness especially regarding suicide awareness and prevention.

October 17, 2023
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Transformative Topics in IT Healthcare Innovation & Ethics Panel Discussion

Join us online for this presentation to celebrate NGHS Research & Innovation Month 2023.
Invited Speaker: Jeffery Morrison, NGHS Chief of Analytics & Data Management
Host: Dr. Holly Jones, PhD, NGHS Director of Research

October 24, 2023
Noon – 1 p.m.

For questions or more information, contact Holly Jones at

About the Office of Research

For nearly three decades, Northeast Georgia Health System has offered clinical trial opportunities to patients in our community. By participating in clinical trials, our patients have access to cutting edge medical therapies that they would not have access to through standard of care.

Patients have access to breakthrough therapies in their local community without having to travel long distances to receive new medications or medical devices as part of their treatment for cancer, heart disease, or other medical conditions that they would not have access to outside of a clinical trial.

The role of the Office of Research at Northeast Georgia Health System is to support the operations of clinical trials throughout the system across multiple specialties. In addition to conducting clinical trials, we offer regulatory assistance as well as guidance on study design and start up.

For those investigators within our system who are interested in starting their own research, please reach out to our office for help with study start up as well as any regulatory questions that you may have.