Research Week 2020

Research Week presents an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the research and scholarly activities of NGHS investigators.

What can I do during Research Week?

View e-posters, watch videos highlighting work that nurses are leading, listen to physicians speak about the benefits of clinical trial research, and find links to publications from our healthcare researchers. Learn more about how research and scholarly activities build scientific understanding and the quality of healthcare practice.

Learn more about how to start a research study, apply to the IRB, and how to complete required research training by participating in the live events below. Live events will be recorded for viewing later. Many live events provide CE and CME credit!

John E Delzell, Jr MD MSPH Vice President for Medical Education and DIO introduces our inaugural system-wide research week 2020.

See Past Events

All events provide either CE or CME credit!

Ethics in Clinical Research Panel Discussion

Panel discussion
Oct. 12 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm
View Recorded Session

CME & CE credits awarded

Human Subjects Research CITI Training Guide

Training & Webinar
Oct. 15 2020, 2:00pm-2:30pm
View Recorded Session

CME & CE credits awarded

Institutional Review Board Training Guide

Oct. 14 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm
View Recorded Session

CME & CE credits awarded

The Northeast Georgia Medical Center & Health System, Inc. is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center & Health System, Inc. designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Northeast Georgia Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Research Showcase

Learn about highlighted research and scholarly activities happening across our organization.

Office of Research

Mission Statement

The Office of Research at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) 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 Team

  • Holly Jones, PhD, Director of Research
  • Calvin Robinson Jr., Research Finance Analyst
  • Cynthia Jackson, Research Business Operations
  • G. Brandon Powers, JM, Research Regulatory Specialist
  • Amanda Conner, JD, Research Regulatory Specialist
  • Heidi Ehrenreich, PhD, Multidisciplinary Research Coordinator

Cardiology Research Team

  • Donna Patrick, RN CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Terri Tolar, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Toni Mundy, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator

Oncology Research Team

  • Trena Davis, RN, CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Ashley Butler, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Danielle Newman, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Sharon Davidson, Research Data Coordinator
  • Stacey Lott, Research Data Coordinator
Holly Jones, PhD, Director of Research on Research Week 2020


GME Research Department
GME Logo

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”

Carl Sagan

Our Mission

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.

Our 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.


Published Papers & Presentations

  • Bautista GM, Ye P. Understanding the Hemingway Measure of Adult Connectedness Survey by Utilizing Data Analysis. Georgia Journal of Science. 2020;78(1):94.
  • Scully, T., Medepalli, L., Scully, TA., The complementary nature of multimodal imaging in the management of an anomalous aortic origin of the right coronary artery from the left coronary cusp. June 2020. J Nucl Cardiology. 
  • Kruer, J., Dunahoo, L. We want to hear your voice: our promise to treat you not just your symptoms – healthy ageing virtual conference. September 19, 2020 
  • Reece, S., Relationship Building with Legislators. Association of Diabetes Care and Education Annual Conference 
  • Reece, S., Balancing Act: Mental Health, Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medication Needs.  ADCES Illinois Coordinating Body Townhall. August 2020 
  • Newton, M., NGHS at work in the community: addressing health equity and responding to community health needs. NGHS Townhall September 2020
  • Newton, M. Physicians urge steps against flu avoid worsening load in the health system. Gainesville times Op-Ed. September 4th, 2020 
  • Tabb, M., A letter to my community. Gainesville Times Op-Ed 
  • Angel, A., Racism and Empathy GAFP Statewide Journal Club 


John E Delzell, Jr MD MSPH Vice President for Medical Education and DIO introduces our GME Research Showcase for Research Week 2020
Dr. Phil Kimsey (Faculty) and Dr. Macy Tabb (PGY1 resident on community rotation) discuss innovative approach to medical education and potential for research
Trauma Surgeon Dr. Creel and Trauma and Acute Care Nurse Practioner, Kyle Gibson discuss their ongoing study focused on EMT use of live saving blood products prior to hospital arrival.
Dr. Charles Richart discusses the importance of research from the perspective of trauma and acute care services here at NGMC.
Medical Librarian, and Health Literacy Advocate, Ms. Shannon Glover and Dr. Brittany Barthelemy (PGY1) meet to discuss how Dr. Barthelemy could explore health literacy issues within her family medicine community.

Research Team


Nursing Excellence

“The journey to nursing excellence must include research and evidence-based practice.  Clinical nurse involvement in this important work ensures that research with direct application to clinical and operational processes are a priority.  Events like Research Week 2020 enable nurses to explore the safest and best practices for their patients and practice environment.  The research of NGMC nurses has the potential to impact nursing practice with new knowledge as results are disseminated both internally and externally.”

Maria Whitt, MHSM, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Excellence


Tiffany Young, BSN, RN, Interim Diabetes Program Manager, on study comparing glucose control and length of stay
Cheryl Bittel, MSN, APRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, on her study examining the effects of audio-visual feedback devices on cardiac compression
Carol Ann Gelderman, MS, BSN, RN, Sepsis Program Nurse Manager, on study using rapid diagnostics technology of patients with positive blood cultures
Bridgette Schulman, MSNEd, RNC-OB, Clinical Practice Specialist for Women and Children’s Services, and Aubrey Williams, MSN, RNC-NIC, NICU Educator, on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) scoring tool study
Bridgette Schulman, MSN, Clinical Practice Specialist, Aubrey Williams, MSN, NICU Educator, Cynthia Cabrera, MD, NICU Medical Director, and Wendy Coto-Puckett, MD, Neonatologist, on COVID-19 Perinatal Population surveillance study
Nicole Jones, MS, RN on study investigating implementation of a sedation rescue order of action algorithm
Amy Smith, MSN, RN, Bariatric Program Manager, on TAP blocks study

E-Posters with Voiceover


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.

Dr. Ugochukwu O. Egolum on his recent publication
Dr. Nima Ghasemzadeh on his recent publication


Dr. Ugochukwu O. Egolum on the importance of Clinical Trials
Dr. Nima Ghasemzadeh on the importance of Clinical Trials
Dr. Salem Sayar, Chief of Cardiology, on being involved in “Amulet” clinical trial and other clinical trials research

Research Team

  • Donna Patrick, RN CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Terri Tolar, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator
  • Toni Mundy, RN, Research Nurse Coordinator


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.


Andre M. Kallab, MD, FACP, medical oncologist, on recent publication


Research Team

  • Trena Davis, RN, CCRC Research Nurse Manager
  • Ashley Butler, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Danielle Newman, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Sharon Davidson, Research Data Coordinator
  • Stacey Lott, Research Data Coordinator


Charles Nash, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at NGMC, on patient interest in participating in clinical trials research

Emory Winship Affiliation

Charles Nash, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at NGMC, discusses affiliation of NGMC with Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute

“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


Research Team

  • Phillip Mohorn, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
  • Michelle Vu, PharmD
  • Jason Vanlandingham, PharmD, BCPS
  • Leslie Roebuck, PharmD
  • Sarah Owenby, PharmD
  • Barry Barns, PharmD
  • Sherri Merritt, PharmD
Trauma & Acute Care Surgery


Research Team

  • Denise Hughes, BS, CAISS
    Trauma Registrar
  • Kathy McDanel, CPC
    Trauma Registrar
  • Linda Green, CSTR
    Trauma Registrar
  • Maria Silva, HIMT
    Trauma Registrar
  • Laura Wolf, MA, BSN, RN, TCRN, CCRN, CEN
    Trauma PI Coordinator
  • Jesse Gibson, MBA, BSN, RN, TCRN
    Trauma Program Manager
  • Jacob Jay, MD, Graduate Research Assistant



“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


Literature Searching for Nursing Evidence-Based Practice

Office of Research Administration

GME Research Department