Graduate Medical Education at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Names Leaders In Program

September 20, 2017

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has recently started to fill leadership positions to develop its new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

Vice President of Medical Education

John Delzell, Jr., MD, MSPH, has been named vice president of Medical Education and will serve as the program’s Designated Institutional Official (DIO).

In this role, Dr. Delzell is responsible for oversight and administration of all aspects of NGMC’s GME program, including compliance with all specialty, subspecialty and institutional requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as NGMC works toward welcoming its first medical residents in 2019.

Dr. Delzell most recently served as vice president and DIO of GME for Broward Health System in Fort Lauderdale, where he also served as the associate dean for GME at Florida International University.  He has taught, mentored and practiced medicine for more than 20 years and held leadership positions in other GME programs at the University of Missouri, University of Tennessee and Kansas University.

“My original interest and attraction to academic medicine was because of teaching,” says Dr. Delzell.  “I was fortunate to have mentors in medical school and residency training who nurtured and encouraged my teaching endeavors.”

Dr. Delzell received his doctor of medicine 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.

“I am continually energized by our medical students and residents,” he adds.  “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.”

Director of GME

Donna Brown, MSEd, has joined NGMC as the director of GME.  In this role, Brown trains and oversees the program coordinators for each of the residency programs and works with the DIO in developing and maintaining the quality of the training programs, integrating GME into hospital systems and ensuring compliance with ACGME standards.

Brown recently moved from McAllen, Texas, were she was the program coordinator and director of Surgical Education for the general surgery program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.  For the last five years, she has been active in GME education and was involved in the development of a new general surgery residency program.  She assisted in program application, site visits for accreditation, curriculum development, faculty development and resident selection.

Brown has a master’s degree in education and began her career as a special education teacher.

Internal Medicine and General Surgery Program Directors

The GME program requires program directors for each medical education program NGMC offers –  physicians in that specialty who are responsible for all of the residents’ learning and experience in that field.

For internal medicine, James Kruer, Jr., MD, has been named program director.

Dr. Kruer most recently served as program director for internal medicine at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Livonia, Mich.  Dr. Kruer also served as the volunteer assistant clinical faculty for internal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit.  He also has been in various teaching and directorial roles during his 20-year tenure in internal medicine.

Dr. Kruer received his medical degree at Indiana School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Southeast.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Wayne State University Health Center at Detroit Medical Center, where he also became chief resident.  Dr. Kruer is a member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.

Charles Richart, MD, has been named general surgery program director.

Dr. Richart is NGMC’s current medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, as well as Surgical Critical Care at NGMC.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Richart has taught in surgical education in the fields of trauma, surgery critical care and general surgery. He has hed faculty positions at the University of Tennessee, the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the University of Kansas. Most recently, he served as the founding general surgery residency program director at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.

Dr. Richart received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel.  Dr. Richart completed his general surgery residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and completed his fellowship in trauma critical care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems at the University of Maryland. Dr. Richart also serves as a national consultant for the Society of Critical Medicine Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course and has founded an FCCS course at NGMC.

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit 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