Expert Care Close to Home

  • Each year, thousands of patients trust their heart and vascular care to Northside Hospital Heart Institute (NHHI)
  • NHHI has more than 100 expert cardiovascular providers available at a moment’s notice, when moments matter most
  • More than 40 heart and vascular clinics are located throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia, with services across five hospital locations, all providing the unparalleled Northside Hospital experience

Comprehensive Care Within A Single System

  • From preventative care to complex procedures, NHHI can take care of your every need with subspecialized experts trained in:
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Cardio-Obstetrics
    • Cardio-Oncology
    • Cardiovascular Imaging
    • Cardiovascular Research
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
    • Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Disorders
    • General Cardiology
    • Heart Failure Therapy
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Structural & Valvular Heart Disease
    • Vascular Surgery


    Awards and Accolades

    • All five hospitals are designated as Emergency Cardiac Care Centers by Georgia Department of Public Health.
    • All five NHHI hospitals received the American Heart Association Gold or Silver recognition for severe heart attack care
    • Northside Hospital Atlanta and Northside Hospital Forsyth received the Women’s Choice Award for the best hospitals for heart care in Georgia
    • Echocardiography labs accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echo and stress echo
    • Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for Intensive Care Unit at Northside Hospital Gwinnett
    • Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence

    Programs & Treatments

    General Cardiology

    From congenital heart defects to the most complex cardiovascular conditions, experienced heart specialists at Northside Hospital help you control your heart health.

    Interventional Cardiology

    At Northside Hospital Heart Institute, interventional cardiologists use advanced diagnostic procedures with minimally invasive techniques to treat the most complex heart conditions. 

    Cardiac Surgery

    As leaders in robot-assisted minimally invasive cardiac surgery, our team at Northside Hospital Heart Institute has the specialized surgical expertise to improve your heart health.

    Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Disorders

    Our team of physicians provides consultative, diagnostic and disease management services for patients with heart rhythm issues. 

    Meet Our Team

    Cardiac Surgery

    Azad Karim, MD
    Azad Karim, MD Specialty: Thoracic (and Cardiothoracic) Surgery
    Lourens Willekes, MD
    Lourens Willekes, MD Specialties: Thoracic (and Cardiothoracic) Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiology
    A. Winston, MD
    A. Winston, MD Specialties: Thoracic (and Cardiothoracic) Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiology
    J. Wolfe, MD
    J. Wolfe, MD Specialties: Thoracic (and Cardiothoracic) Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiology

    In the News

    Cardiology Section Chief, Northside Health System

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    Research Excellence

    Led by Cindy L. Grines MD, MSCAI, FACC, Chief Scientific Officer, Northside Hospital Heart Institute participates in clinical trials (medical research studies) to improve how we prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease. These trials help advance medical treatment while giving participating patients an opportunity to receive novel therapies that otherwise would not currently be available.

    "Research allows physicians to interact with experts across the globe, and to be among the first to know about new breakthroughs, rather than waiting years for written quidelines to be updated. It is essential for continuing to provide up to date and cutting edge CV care to our patients. Participation in research trials has been proven to improve patient outcomes."



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