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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.

Education & Training

Learn more about our Education Programs.

Patient Care

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Learn more about our research.

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Department of Medicine

Health Sciences Campus

Medical Office Building






Welcome to our new faculty:

chevron-circle-right icon Hospital Medicine: Krisztina Nadasy, MD (10/1/20), Patricia Morissette, MD, Derek Baker, MD and Adonis Imam, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Nephrology: Ravi Mallavarapu, MD 

chevron-circle-right icon Infectious Disease: Sarah Tran, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Endocrinology: Ghada Elshimy, MD and Sara Healy, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Pulmonary: Rabih Bechara, MD, FCCP and William Healy, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Hem/Onc: Girindra Raval, MD

chevron-circle-right icon Rheumatology: Hong Shi, MD


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

General Internal Medicine

Georgia Prevention Institute

Hematology / Oncology

Hospital Medicine

Infectious Diseases


Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine


Clerkship, Residency, Fellowship


Virtual MEDIcine Grand Rounds - 3/2/2021

 Dr. Jason Knight - university of Michigan

"What can queen anne's lupus teach us about Covid-19"

Medicine News

doctors in lab

Higher blood pressure over life span increases congestive heart failure risk in Black people

Starting with early childhood, otherwise healthy Black people show signs of slightly diminished heart muscle strength and a slightly higher blood pressure than their white counterparts, possibly putting them on a course for early development of congestive heart failure.

two doctors

Larger panel finds more gene mutations, treatment targets for leukemia

Identifying more genetic mutations in an individual’s cancer enables more targeted treatment for patients. That includes finding mutations not previously associated with their cancer type, which opens the door to using drugs targeting those mutations that have traditionally been used against other cancers.

doctor outside

Traditional model for disease spread may not work in COVID-19

Dr. Arni Rao and his co-authors instead suggest more of a dynamic, moment in time approach using a model called the geometric mean. That model uses today’s number to predict tomorrow’s numbers.

people standing and talking

Bone Marrow Transplant program celebrates milestone procedure

Drs. Anand Jillella and Dr. Vamsi Kota credited leadership and team work for the program’s achievement.