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Brian Annex

Brian H. Annex, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Department Chair, Medicine

Welcome to the Medical College of Georgia, Department of Medicine (DOM), located in Augusta, Georgia. 

Please explore this site to look at the activities across our missions to: provide the very best and safest patient care, educate the next generation of health care professionals, and advance knowledge in medicine through basic, clinical, and translational research.  In a year like no other, the DOM continued to add to its rich history of excellence in education of students, residents, and general and subspecialty fellows. 

The Medical College of Georgia is the 13th oldest medical school in the US and the DOM even when facing the changes of this last has its eyes focused firmly on the future.  See the activity within the 11 major divisions.  See the many new hires (myself included having been here for just over one year) and programs.  Contact us directly.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Health Sciences Campus

Medical Office Building






  • Gastroenterology featured in the local news!

    Read article here

  • Dr . Vishal Arora was one of the two faculty members named inaugural provost fellows!

    Read article here

  • Welcome to our new faculty:

chevron-circle-right icon Hospital Medicine:  Avery Calhoun, MD, Faten Raghavan, MD, Nafees Khan, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Gastroenterology: Ahmad Alkaddour, MD, Evangelos Tsipotis, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Infectious Disease: Gina Askar, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Endocrinology: 

chevron-circle-right icon Pulmonary: 

chevron-circle-right icon Hem/Onc:

chevron-circle-right icon Rheumatology: Noelle Rolle, MBBS, Elena Schiopu, MD, Umair Javaid, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Cardiology: 

chevron-circle-right icon General Internal Medicine: Nichole Holweg, DO, Christopher Walker, DO, Maria Ortiz-Kaemena, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Nephrology: Talal Nakkar, MD


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

General Internal Medicine

Hematology / Oncology

Hospital Medicine

Infectious Diseases


Palliative Care

Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine


Clerkship, Residency, Fellowship


Medicine Grand Rounds - Returning September 2022




Medicine News

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As few as 1 in 5 COVID cases may have been counted worldwide, mathematical models suggest

Mathematical models indicate that as few as one in five cases of COVID-19 which occurred during the first 29 months of the pandemic are accounted for in the half billion cases officially reported. The World Health Organization reported 513,955,910 cases from Jan. 1, 2020 to May 6, 2022 and 6,190,349 deaths, numbers which already moved […]

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Making veins stronger so heart bypass grafts, dialysis access work better

A $400,000 Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association will support work to make the middle layer of veins more like the thicker middle of arteries, which are built to handle the pressure of the heart pumping blood. into them.  

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Putting the brakes on a bacterium that is a major cause of GI distress

The bacterium is seen in more than 140 million cases worldwide and causes more than 30,000 deaths each year.

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Age 40 is when busy Americans get the least sleep

A graph of how long Americans sleep forms a U-shaped pattern across our lives.