About Us

Northside Hospital Gwinnett serves as the only state designated, American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level II Trauma Center in Gwinnett County. As a verified Level II trauma center, Northside Hospital Gwinnett is a hospital with all necessary resources, equipment, education and training to care for the severely injured. Our trauma program treats more than 2100 patients with traumatic injuries each year.

Our surgical trauma team provides essential services to our patients and the community 24/7 and handles the most severely injured 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.

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, 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

Trauma Advanced Practice Providers

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

Meet Our Support Team

Trauma Program Staff

  • Nadirah Burgess, RN, MSN, ONC, Trauma Program Manager
  • Sharon Grason, PhD, RN, Trauma Injury Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
  • Rayma Stephens, BSN, RN, PI Coordinator
  • Sarah Holcombe, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, CFRN, Trauma Clinician
  • Candace Morgan BSW, MS, Trauma Social Worker
  • Barlynda Bryant, Trauma Registrar
  • Dana Davis, Trauma Registrar
  • Tracy Harris, Trauma Registrar
  • Colleen Horne, Trauma Registrar

Trauma Practice Staff

  • Anne, Practice Manager
  • Heidi, Practice Coordinator
  • Jessica, Medical Assistant
  • Stephanie, Surgery Scheduler