The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Welcomes Two New Cardiologists

Published: Monday, August 7, 2017

BRASELTON, Ga. — Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital has two new cardiologists seeing patients in Braselton.  Pavani Kolakalapudi, MD, and Ugochukwu Egolum, MD, FACC, both joined The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) today.  Dr. Kolakalapudi will also see patients in Commerce, and Dr. Egolum will also see patients in Gainesville.

            “As a cardiologist with The Heart Center of NGMC, I look forward to providing patients in Northeast Georgia with both routine and advanced heart health services,” said Dr. Kolakalapudi.  “NGMC’s reputation for offering outstanding cardiac care at all levels means patients can receive the expert heart services they need close to home.”

            Dr. Kolakalapudi received her medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Antigua, West Indies.  She completed her internship and residency at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala.  Dr. Kolakalapudi is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has participated in a variety of clinical trials. She places a strong emphasis on empathy and a patient-centered style in the care she provides. When not caring for patients, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

            “I’m pleased to be a part of the team known as the state’s leader in cardiac care,” said Dr. Egolum.  “Patients trust the experience and expertise of The Heart Center of NGMC, and I look forward to offering the same level of outstanding service.”

            Dr. Egolum received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.  He completed his residency and two fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices and Cardiac Transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He has given lectures, presentations nationally and internationally and published articles on many heart health topics. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and enjoys traveling, watching sports and spending time with his family.

            Learn more about Dr. Kolakalapudi and Dr. Egolum, request 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 30 physicians seeing patients at 13 locations: Blairsville, Braselton, Buford, Cumming, Clayton, Commerce, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Demorest, 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 twelfth year in a row (Healthgrades®, CareChex®), and has hospital campuses in Gainesville, Braselton and Barrow.

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