Research & Innovation Month

A showcase of how curiosity leads to ways to improve patient care; of how ideas spark collaboration; and how results foster innovation.

Carol Burrell, 2023

“Through research, NGMC is able to offer cutting-edge treatment options to our patients. In addition to providing outstanding care, improving access to clinical trials and supporting research helps us to improve the health of our community in all we do.”

Carol Burrell, President & CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System

NGHS Scholarly Activity by Department

Click on each drop-down to learn about highlighted research and innovation activities happening across our organization.

Office of Research

The Office of Research at Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is responsible for overseeing the quality, scientific integrity, academic impact, regulatory compliance and financial responsibility of clinical research conducted throughout the health system.

The mission of the Office of Research is to support, oversee, and serve as the organizational home for all clinical research conducted within the NGHS system. Our physicians serve as principal investigators on a number of cutting-edge clinical research studies that have the potential to impact standard of care and to improve the care that patients receive.  Through our high patient enrollments and high-impact study participation, research at NGMC offers patients and nationally recognized physicians the opportunity to improve the health of our community and beyond.

Research Administration

  • Holly Jones, PhD, Director of Research
  • Cynthia Jackson, MA, Research Business Operations Coordinator
  • Jennifer Williams, BA, Research Finance Specialist
  • Stephany Park, BS, Research Regulatory Specialist
  • Poornima Ishaka, BS, Research Regulatory Specialist
  • Elizabeth Ivie, MS, RD, LD, CDCES, Multidisciplinary Research Coordinator

Heart & Vascular Clinical Trial Research

  • Donna Patrick, BSN, RN CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Toni Mundy, BSN, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Amanda Dang, MSN, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Sharon Davidson, Research Medical Assistant
  • Monica Pozowicz, MSN, BSN, CNE-cl, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Christy Peck, MSN, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator

Oncology Clinical Trial Research

  • Trena Davis, BSN, RN, CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Danielle Newman, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Marcia Bradley, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Elisha Curry, BSN, RN, CCRC, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Jessica Hunt, BSN, RN, CPN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Natalie Macy, BS, Research Data Coordinator
Graduate Medical Education Research & Scholarly Activity
GME Logo

Our mission is to improve the health of our community through an engaged community of physician researchers who actively build evidence for the practices and processes of medicine.

GME Departmental Values

GME Research at Northeast Georgia Medical Center aligns our departmental values to the system Core Values. Building on these institutional values, GME research values guide our responses and processes:

  1. Research Must Matter to Our Community
    We advance our knowledge of patient care through compassionate identification of the most pressing health, social and economic concerns of our constituents. This situates our research goals and evidence of scientific merit.
  2. Perspective Matters
    We strive to understand our research through the lens of all stakeholders through open dialogue, peer review, ethical recruitment of participants and consideration of research impact on our community. This acknowledgement of understanding how we make meaning of knowledge as a social construct enriches our research agenda.
  3. Intentional Focus Matters
    We focus our resources and scholarship intentionally, building expertise in areas which honor our patients, our residents and the community-based focus of our health-system. Together, we will progress toward our community goals.
  4. Ethical Rigor is Critical
    We focus on quality not quantity of scholarship. We pursue rigorous design and implementation as more impactful on our community than number of publications, and more advantageous to our residents as they learn foundational research skills.
Welcome by Dr. Jones

Posters & Articles


  • Palacios, Franco, Jacob, Jeffrey, Hoxhaj, Rudiona, Thigpin, Catlyn, Saberi, Asif, Bhatnagar, Atul et al. “Outcomes of patients with COVID-19 requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and continuous renal replacement therapy in the United States.” Acute and Critical Care, vol. 38, no. 3, 2023, pp. 308–314.
  • Louis, M., Gibson, B., Jones, L., & Singh, H. (2023). Mechanical Small Bowel Obstruction Due to Gallstone Ileus Diagnostic Challenges and Surgical Management. Cureus, 15(8). 
  • Ketcham E, Glass OM, Hermida AP. Electroconvulsive Therapy in Heart Transplant Patients: To Avoid or Embrace? J ECT. 2023 Aug 3. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0000000000000954. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37561916.
  • Dodoo SN, Kwapong YA, Agyemang-Sarpong A, Amoran E, Egolum UO, Ghasemzadeh N, Ramadan R, Henry G, Samady H. Comparative Healthcare Resource Utilization of percutaneous mechanical circulatory support using Impella versus intra-aortic balloon pump use for Patients with Acute Coronary syndrome and Cardiogenic Shock Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: Insights from National Inpatient Sample. Current problems in cardiology. 2023, August. PMID: 37640173.
  • Mori M, Parsons N, Krane M, Guy TS, Grossi EA, Dearani JA, Habib RH, Badhwar V, Geirsson A. Robotic Mitral Valve Repair for Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2023, August. PMID: 37595861.
  • Dodoo, S. N., Moyine, C. Y., Agyemang‐Sarpong, A., Ismail, A., Le, N., Patel, F., … & Parastatidis, I. (2023). The role of multidetector CT scan in the management of prosthetic aortic valve thrombosis: A case report. Clinical Case Reports, 11(9). 

Research Team


Nursing Excellence

“Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement bring research to the point of care to ensure that we are providing the very best care possible to our patients – and that we are working as efficiently and respectfully as possible with our entire team.”
Melissa Rouse, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ
Executive Director Nursing Excellence & Research

Welcome by Dr. Rouse
Nursing Research Playlist

Posters & Articles


NGHS Library Services

“Zora Neale Hurston once said, Research is formalized curiosity; It is poking and prying with a purpose. As librarian, it is my job to support that informational and educational purpose of discovery. The library serves as a purposeful avenue to research and life-long learning.”

Shannon Glover, MLIS, AHIP, Coordinator of Health Sciences Library

“When I used to work with first-year college students, I explained that it’s called REsearch because you need to keep asking, searching, evaluating, and revisiting the matter over and over again. Librarians are primarily involved in the searching phase–connecting researchers to the highest quality evidence available–but we also perform original research, and I look forward to engaging the process more.” 

Tanisha Mills, MLIS, AHIP, Medical Librarian

Library Team

  • Shannon Glover, MLIS, AHIP
  • Tanisha N. Mills, MLIS, AHIP




Finding the Library’s Electronic Resources
Locating Electronic Journals
Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Foothills AHEC Pathway to Med School (PTMS) program provides undergraduate pre-med students with early exposure to primary care and community medicine, establishing a network of physicians to support students as advisors and future colleagues, over a month-long timeframe.

The goal of the program is to enhance students’ candidacy for medical school through clinical shadowing, research projects, and instructional sessions. The practice-based research component of the PTMS program is structured to examine health care processes and patient populations in community-based, primary care clinical settings to ultimately improve care and patient outcomes. While research experience is not required of all medical school applicants, it is being considered imperative for students that desire to be competitive applicants.

Under the mentorship of primary care physicians, PTMS students elevate their understanding of the timeline, processes, and elements needed to launch and complete a constructive research study.

Research Team

  • Zachary Taylor, MD | Director, District 2 Public Health Department
  • Dipal Patel, MD | Outpatient Core Faculty, PAR Internal Medicine, GME
  • Zahraa Rabeeah, MD | Associate Program Director, PAR Internal Medicine, GME

Foothills AHEC Leadership & Staff

  • Missy Lochstampfor | Foothills AHEC Center Director
  • Jenn Dunahoo, Foothills AHEC Special Projects Director
  • Lana Brand, MLIS | Foothills AHEC Preceptor Coordinator


  • Beach G., Donovan K., & Kuturu S., Silent Dangers: Inappropriate Prescription of Teratogenic Medications in Reproductive Aged Women; PAR GME; June 2023. View Poster
  • Benson L., Khan A., Roark E., Bundling Up for Better Blood Pressure: The Impact of Bundle Interventions on Patients with Hypertension; PAR GME; June 2023. View Poster
  • Hunsicker A., Rao A., A Comparative Analysis of STI Rates in Georgia Department of Public Health District 2 During Surges in COVID 19; GDPH District 2; June 2023. View Poster

Georgia Heart Institute

For over 15 years, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been a leading location for high-impact clinical trials in cardiology. Having completed over 100 cardiac research Phase II – IV pharmaceutical and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trials, our research team of highly qualified registered nurses, professional staff and nationally recognized physicians is focused on patient enrollment and timely start-up of research studies in addition to excellent patient care.

Our board-certified cardiologists, heart surgeons and vascular surgeons at Georgia Heart Institute provide a range of treatments and services with our state-of-the-art technology and research — from diagnostic procedures to life-saving angioplasty to minimally-invasive valve surgery.

Welcome by Dr. Samady
Georgia Heart Institute Research Playlist

Posters & Abstracts


Case Reports


Heart & Vascular Clinical Trial Research Team

  • Donna Patrick, BSN, RN, CCRC
    Research Nurse Manager
  • Toni Mundy, BSN, RN
    Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Amanda Dang, MSN, RN
    Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Sharon Davidson
    Research Medical Assistant
  • Monical Pozowicz, MSN, BSN, NE-cl, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Christy Peck, MSN, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Poornima Ishaka, BS, Research Regulatory Specialist

Georgia Center for Cardiovascular Biomechanics & Data Modeling Team


The Cancer Center at NGMC has been participating in cancer clinical trials since 1996, and we partner with a variety of nationally recognized research networks across the U.S. Our oncology research program was recognized in 2018 as a Top 5 Accruing Site for numbers of patients enrolled in clinical trials by SWOG (the Southwest Cancer Chemotherapy Study Group).

Our expert physicians specialize in medical, surgical, radiation and gynecologic oncology and offer cutting-edge clinical trial opportunities  to our patients. Our portfolio includes trials for chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery for virtually all tumor sites including breast, lung and prostate cancers, three of the cancer types most often diagnosed. By offering clinical trials to patients, physicians and clinical staff in the Cancer Center are able to provide a variety of treatment options using state-of-the-art technology and resources.

Welcome by Dr. Nash
Oncology Research Playlist


Oncology Clinical Trial Research Team

  • Trena Davis, BSN, RN, CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Danielle Newman, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Marcia Bradley, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Elisha Curry, BSN, RN, CCRC, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Jessica Hunt, BSN, RN, CPN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Natalie Macy, BS, Research Data Coordinator
  • Stephany Park, BS, Research Regulatory Specialist

“Research in pharmacy practice is important for many reasons!  The research conducted in pharmacy over the years has highlighted novel pharmacotherapeutic ideas, formulary management practices, validation of pharmacy services, and quality/safety improvements, just to name a few.  This information has been presented at the local, state, and national levels in an effort to share work from which others may benefit.  The Department of Pharmacy is delighted to showcase the great work that is done by our team! ” 

Melissa Frank, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy


  • Haley Peters, PharmD; Peyton Moon Kurtz, PharmD; Madalyn Motes, PharmD, BCCCP. Evaluating the Use of Dexmedetomidine in Critically Ill Patients at a Community Teaching Hospital; NGHS, 2022.  View Poster



Impact of Early Sedative Medication Choices for Mechanically Ventilated Patients in the Emergency Department
Low Dose Ketamine Use in the Emergency Department for Acute Pain Management

Research Team

  • Barry Barns, PharmD, BCIDP
  • Sophia Braun, PharmD, BCPS
  • Ryan Collier, Pharmacy Technician
  • Cristy Gaddy, PharmD, BCPS
  • Tanya Glosson, PharmD
  • Amy Goss, PharmD
  • Emily Harman, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Amy Knauss, PharmD, BCPS
  • Shannon McAtee, RPh
  • Phillip Mohorn, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Madalyn Motes, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Jennifer Parker, PharmD, BCPS
  • Leslie Roebuck, PharmD
  • Alix Schnibben, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS
  • Kyle Whitley, PharmD
  • Jason VanLandingham, PharmD, BCPS
Trauma & Acute Care Surgery

“To our patients, having the opportunity to participate in research gives meaning to their experience. Trauma patients are often times here unexpectedly… so having that opportunity can help them heal.”
Jessica Mantooth, RN

Trauma Research Team
Trauma Research Playlist


  • Davis A and Krause M. How a Trauma Workgroup Targeted A Multimodal Pain Management Education at Level III Trauma Center; Trauma Con; March 29-31, 2023. View Poster
  • Lee, E, Booster Seat Program Safe Kids Northeast Georgia; NGHS; October 17, 2023. View Poster
  • McNamee, M. M., Stolz, M. P., Gibson, B. H., & Brown, C. (2023). Incarcerated Amyand Hernia Associated With Acute Appendicitis and Incidental Finding of Serrated Adenoma; NGHS; October 2023. View Poster
  • Murdoch, Pack, Krause, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Research Program; NGHS; October 17, 2023. View Poster
  • Pack L and Wolf L. Surveying the State of Performance Improvement Staffing in Trauma Centers; Trauma Con; March 29-31, 2023. View Poster
  • Payne J, Cooper C, and Drury N. An Innovative Approach to Pre-Hospital Performance Improvement & Education; Trauma Con; March 29-31, 2023. View Poster
  • Schwindt D, Cormican M, Bradford J, Gibson J, Krause M and Pack L. Can Changes to Foley Practices and Clinical Management of Fever Reduce CAUTI Rates?; NGHS; May, 2023. View Poster
  • Stolz, M. P., Foxhall, E. N., Gibson, B. H., Gill, S., & McNamee, M. M. (2023). Improving the Safety of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy with Indocyanine Green Dye Using Critical View of Safety Plus; NGHS; October 2023. View Poster

Research Team

  • Morgan Krause, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN
  • Emily Murdoch, BSRT, RRT
  • Leigh Pack, BSN, RN


  • Creel, N., Gibson, J., Gibson, K., Shirley, L., & Richart, C. (2023). Changing the playing field: a prehospital blood product pilot project in rural north Georgia. The American Surgeon. View Publication
  • Gibson, J. E., Campbell, T., Gibson, K., Kottemann, K., Krause, M. A., & Pack, L. (2023). Collaborative approach to organ donation in a level II trauma center. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 34(2), 88–94. View Publication
  • Gibson, K., Stevens, T. J., & Krause, M. A. (2023). Adult golf cart injuries: a rising hazard off the course. Traffic Injury Prevention, 24(4), 352–355. View Publication
  • Gibson, K., Whitson, D., Filson, J. D., Grunch, B., & Pack, L. (2023). Streamlining care in two neurosurgical practices in a rural trauma center. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 36(8), 1–4. View Publication
  • Krause, M. A., Mantooth, J. L., & Gibson, J. E. (2023). Developing a trauma intermediate care unit. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 30(1), 55–58. View Publication
  • Kurtz, P. M., VanLandingham, J., Cormican, M., Gibson, K., & Roebuck, L. (2023). Evaluating the effect of a dosing and titration protocol on dexmedetomidine-induced hypotension in trauma patients. (2023). Journal of Trauma Nursing 30(3), 158-163. View Publication
  • Lee D. B. (2023). Navigating trauma patients and families through unfamiliar territory. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 30(1), 59–63. View Publication
  • McNamee, M. M., Stolz, M. P., Gibson, B. H., & Brown, C. (2023). Incarcerated amyand hernia associated with acute appendicitis and incidental finding of serrated adenoma. The American Surgeon, 89(7), 3241–3242. View Publication
  • Muhamed S, Vassy M, Konzelmann J, et al. (2023). Utility of an emergency department observation unit in providing care for patients with blunt thoracic trauma. Cureus 15(5): e39447. View Publication
  • Stevens, T. J., & Lee, D. B. (2023). Postintensive care syndrome: feasibly bridging care at a tertiary trauma center. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 30(4), 242–248. View Publication
  • Stolz, M. P., Chambers, J. G., & Mahalati, K. (2023). Formation of biologic plug and patch mesh for use in perforated femoral hernia. The American Surgeon, 31348231157911. Advance online publication. View Publication
  • Stolz, M. P., Foxhall, E. N., Gibson, B. H., Gill, S., & McNamee, M. M. (2023). Improving the safety of laparoscopic cholecystectomy with indocyanine green dye using critical view of safety plus. The American Surgeon, 89(7), 3136–3139. View Publication
  • Stolz, M. P., Gibson, B. H., & Vassy, W. M. (2023). Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty leading to gastric ischemia and perforation. The American Surgeon, 89(8), 3482–3483. View Publication

Office of Research Administration

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