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North Georgia Heart Foundation

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every 34 seconds a person in the U.S. has a heart attack. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.  Heart disease knows no boundaries, impacting every age, income and socioeconomic group.

Currently, no network of community research exists in rural areas for cardiovascular disease and, unfortunately, much of the groundbreaking science and research happening around the world never reaches the majority of patients. For all these reasons, in late 2012, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, an interventional cardiologist, brought together a community-based group of leaders to form the North Georgia Heart Foundation.

Our Mission

To seek a world without cardiovascular disease.

The founders of North Georgia Heart Foundation (NGHF) seek a world without cardiovascular disease, starting right outside our backdoor. With the support of the community, NGHF will serve as a platform to work towards making a significant difference in the lives of those in the communities of north Georgia and apply that knowledge for a global benefit.

OUR MISSION: Eradicate cardiovascular disease through locally based research and education.

OUR VISION: Improve the cardiovascular health and quality of life for citizens of north Georgia, and beyond, through the application of education, research and new technologies.

Our Goals

Through our life-saving work, NGHF seeks to….

  • Bring science to patients by providing local access to cutting-edge, cardiovascular research
  • Enhance collaboration among students, schools and medical professionals to decrease incidence of cardiovascular disease through a network of community research and health education
  • Save lives and improve the cardiovascular quality of life for the communities in north Georgia
  • Become a “destination” for world renowned cardiovascular scientists in a premier center of innovation and treatment

Board of Directors & Staff

J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FACC, MSCAI

An interventional cardiologist with The Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Marshall received his medical degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. and completed his r…
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George Ordway, PhD, PA-C

A physician assistant with The Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, George Ordway received his bachelor of arts in psychology from Muhlenberg College. He completed his master of science i…
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Tommy Bagwell

Tommy Bagwell received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, with a minor in Spanish, from Clemson University. He continued his education with post graduate studies in Industrial Managem…
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Jane Anderson-Buffington, MSN, RN

Jane has been a nurse for more than 25 years. In 1990, she received her Bachelors in Nursing from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She attended Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer U…
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Perry Barnett, CPA

A partner at Rushton & Company in Gainesville Georgia, Perry Barnett, CPA received his Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia Southern College and a Master of Taxation fro…
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Thomas (Tom) Calkins

A managing partner with Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar, LLP, Tom Calkins received his Bachelor in Business Administration degree in Management from Emory University and his J.D. degree from the Universit…
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Nic Chronos, MD

Dr. Nicolas Chronos is an interventional cardiologist well known for his pioneering research in the treatment of heart disease. Dr. Chronos received a Bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from …
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Rob Fowler

A partner with Turner Wood & Smith Insurance, Rob Fowler is a Distinguished Military Graduate of North Georgia College & State University, where he was recognized as the University’s Young…
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Carroll L. Turner, Ph.D.

Carroll L. Turner is a community minded professional and was a trustee of the Lanier Technical College Foundation for several years before becoming director of and opening the Lanier Technical College…
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Kim Hudson-Gallogly, Ph.D., APRN-BC

A registered nurse for more than 24 years and practicing nurse practitioner for more than 18 years, Kim Hudson-Gallogly, Ph.D., APRN-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia College…
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Javier A. Chavez

Javier Chavez, a Peruvian born but raised in different countries due to his parents diplomatic work, has been the founder and president of King of Kings Ministries Association (2001-2013), a Christian…
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Ron Quinn

President and CEO of Peach State Bank &  Trust, Ron Quinn brings more than 35 years of banking experience. In addition to chartering Peach State Bank & Trust in 2005, Quinn served as Senior…
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Keeta Wilborn, Ph.D., RN

Keeta Wilbron, Ph.D., RN, has been a nurse educator for more than 30 years. She received her Bachelors in Nursing and Masters in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Fina…
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Alok Gambhir, MD, PhD

Dr. Gambhir is a highly-specialized electrophysiologist who has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from some of the most complex arrhythmias. He provides care in all areas of clinical ca…
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Daniel Thompson, MPH

Daniel Thompson, MPH, Executive Director, comes to the North Georgia Heart Foundation with a personal investment in preventing heart disease. Like so many others, Daniel’s family has been touched th…
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