Meet John Delzell Jr., MD, MSPH, FAAFP Vice President of Medical Education

May 9, 2018

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is thrilled to have John Delzell Jr., MD, MSPH, leading the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, as vice president of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO).

In his role, Dr. Delzell is responsible for oversight and administration of all aspects of our graduate medical education (GME) program including compliance with all specialty, subspecialty, and institutional requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We are excited to welcome our first residents in internal medicine and general surgery in July 2019.

Dr. Delzell has more than 20 years of experience leading and mentoring faculty and residents across the country. Before coming to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Delzell served as vice president of GME and DIO for the Broward Health system in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Delzell also served as the associate dean for GME at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and held leadership positions at the University of Kansas, the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Dr. Delzell was recognized by his peers and leaders at various institutions for his passion for teaching.

“I am continually energized by medical students and residents,” says Dr. Delzell. “Their questions keep me sharp, their passion encourages me and their idealism keeps me humble. I am happy that I am able to be involved in teaching students and residents across the medical curriculum.”

Dr. Delzell received his medical degree and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri, where he also completed his residency in Family Practice and a fellowship in Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

In a short time period, Dr. Delzell and his GME leadership team at NGMC team have received accreditation for the general surgery and internal medicine residency programs, which will enable them to participate in the 2019 National Residency Matching Program (The Match) in March 2019. The vision for the Office of GME is to create a unique clinical learning environment that leverages the quality and safety programs that are part of NGHS’s Quest for Excellence. Dr. Delzell recently commented, “It is a great opportunity to train residents in a place that values patient safety above everything!”

The Office of GME supports quality residency programs and excellence in training by guidance and supervision of resident physicians; facilitating personal and professional development; and ensuring safe and appropriate care for patients.

Learn more about Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s GME program by visiting our website.

Dr. Delzell is married to Dr. Heidi Chumley. She is a nationally-recognized academic family physician who also works in medical school leadership. Dr. Delzell and Chumley are avid runners, recently competing in the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon in Orlando and the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon. Dr. Delzell ran his first marathon in January 2018. The couple has one grown child who lives in Texas; two in college in Missouri and Florida; and two who still live at home in Gainesville. The family also includes a Bulldog, a Bengal cat, a turtle, a ball python snake, two fish, and a frog.

Dr. Delzell (far left) with his family at the 2018 Disney Star Wars 5k.

About Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s GME program

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) Graduate Medical Education program will begin receiving applications for the Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency Programs in August 2018 and will match the inaugural class in the spring of 2019. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center Graduate Medical Education program is designed to train residents to be leaders in the medical field as well as in the community.  All residents will receive education beyond the six core competencies with a unique focus on the patient experience and methodologies of a High-Reliability Organization and Lean principles. Learn more about the NGMC GME program.

About Northeast Georgia Health System

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit institution on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 800,000 people across the region through three hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has three hospital campuses – NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton, and NGMC Barrow – with a total of 713 beds and more than 700 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. Learn more at