The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Welcomes New Cardiologist in Gainesville

Published: Monday, August 29, 2016

Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital has added a new cardiologist to care for patients in Gainesville. Ioannis Parastatidis, MD, PhD, recently joined The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) and is accepting new patients.

“I jumped at the chance to join such an awarded heart program that patients in this region know and trust,” says Dr. Parastatidis. “It’s rare to find a community hospital like NGMC that provides advanced technology and expertise usually found in academic teaching hospitals.”

And he tells patients to not be intimidated by his name (pronounced “pear-ah-stat-EYED-us”).
“Greek names like mine can be tough to say, even when you’re from Greece, so I tell people all the time: just call me Dr. Para.”

Dr. Parastatidis received his medical degree from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed fellowships in cardiology and structural imaging at Emory University, where he served as chief cardiology fellow, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Parastatidis also holds a PhD in vascular biology from Aristotle University, and he conducted research about atherosclerotic heart disease, oxidative stress and vascular aging at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 studies and abstracts in several high-impact medical publications, mostly about his research interests in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and aging.

You can learn more about Dr. Parastatidis, make an appointment and get driving directions by visiting or calling 770-534-2020.


The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is the largest cardiology practice in the region, with more than 20 physicians seeing patients at 11 locations: Blairsville Braselton, Buford, Cumming, Clayton, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Gainesville, Hamilton Mill, Lavonia and Winder.
Our cardiologists make sure your heart stays healthy by treating routine and complex conditions, and they lead new ideas about prevention and treatment through clinical research and trials. They also form the core of the cardiac care team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center – which is rated Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital for the eleventh year in a row (Healthgrades®, CareChex®), and has hospital campuses in Braselton and Gainesville.
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