Trauma Services at Northside Hospital

Northside Hospital Gwinnett is one of 10 hospitals in the State of Georgia that is designated as a Level II Trauma Center. A trauma center at a hospital has teams of trauma surgeons and other specialists that provide care 24/7 and handle the most severely injured patients within the “Golden Hour.” This is the first hour after the traumatic injury has occurred and skilled intervention begins, and often means the difference between life and death or life-long disability. Our trauma program averages more than 1,900 trauma patients a year.

Meet Our Trauma Services Team

The trauma services program at Northside Hospital Gwinnett is comprised of expert surgeons, advanced practice providers and a team of specialists that manage the program behind the scenes.

Trauma Surgeons

  • Naila Avery, MD
  • Romeo Massoud, MD
  • Patrick McGann, MD
  • Jeff Nicholas, MD
  • Luttrell Toussaint, MD
  • Uy Vu, MD

Advanced Practice Providers

  • Nurin Ghazzawi, PA-C
  • Yelitza Guzman, NP-C
  • Krystal Knight, NP-C
  • Rahul Kapoor, PA-C
  • Stephen Lewis, PA-C
  • Jannette Lord, NP-C
  • Sarah Nash, PA-C
  • Katy Steele, PA-C

Trauma Program Operations 

  • Nadirah Burgess, RN, MSN, ONC, Trauma Program Manager
  • Sharon Grason, PhD, RN
  • Rayma Stephens, BSN, RN, PI Coordinator
  • Sarah Holcombe, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, CFRN
  • Barlynda Bryant, Trauma Registrar
  • Dana Davis, Trauma Registrar
  • Tracy Harris, Trauma Registrar
  • Colleen Horne, Trauma Registrar

Meet Our Surgeons

Naila Avery, MD, trauma surgeon
Naila Avery, MD Specialties: Medical Director, General Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care
Romeo Massoud, MD, trauma surgeon
Romeo Massoud, MD Specialties: General Surgery, Trauma
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Patrick McGann, MD Specialties: General Surgery, Trauma
Jeff Nicholas, MD, trauma surgeon
Jeff Nicholas, MD Specialties: General Surgery, Trauma
Luttrell Toussaint, MD, trauma surgeon
Luttrell Toussaint, MD Specialties: General Surgery, Trauma
Uy Vu, MD, trauma surgeon
Uy Vu, MD Specialties: General Surgery, Trauma

Region 3 Trauma Services

The Georgia Department of Public Health has divided our state into public health districts and EMS regions to better manage health resources throughout the state. 

Northside Hospital Gwinnett is part of region 3, which is made up of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties. The public health departments and emergency teams within each region work together during emergency situations. 

Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC) Region 3

The RTAC is responsible for developing and maintaining the Regional Trauma System Plan and monitoring system compliance and improvement activities. RTAC is made up of local EMS agencies, hospital personnel, physicians, designated trauma centers, local governments and community members.

RTAC activities include injury prevention, system performance monitoring, and education to facilitate safe, quality, efficient trauma care. 

RTAC Regional 911 EMS providers

  • Air Evac Lifeteam
  • AMR
  • City of Hapeville Fire & Rescue
  • City of Morrow Fire Department
  • Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services
  • DeKalb County Fire Rescue
  • Douglas County Fire Department
  • Forest Park Fire & Emergency Services
  • Grady EMS
  • Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services
  • Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service
  • National EMS
  • Newton County EMS
  • Puckett EMS
Region 3 Trauma

Trauma System Region 3 Hospitals

Level I

Comprehensive trauma care, provides teaching residents in trauma care and research of trauma care

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
  • Grady Memorial Hospital (includes a designated burn center)            
  • WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Level II

Comprehensive trauma care, does not provide teaching residents in trauma care and research of trauma care

  • Northside Hospital Gwinnett
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital
  • WellStar North Fulton Regional Hospital

Level III

Provides trauma patient stabilization and transfer to a higher level of care when needed 

  • WellStar Cobb Hospital
Region 3 RTAC Trauma Map

Northside Hospital Gwinnett
1000 Medical Center Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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