Meet Nathan Creel, MD, General Surgeon in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

September 20, 2018

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is proud to introduce Nathan Creel, MD, General Surgeon in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Dr. Creel’s role in the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is to train residents in the areas of trauma surgery, critical care and acute care surgery and to provide mentorship for budding surgeons.

Dr. Creel’s goal in the GME program is to train residents to become fully independent, evidence-based practicing surgeons who will be fully capable of entering private practice, academics or fellowship training. Residents in the General Surgery residency program—up to six new residents each year— will be exposed to patients from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. They will have the opportunity to work collaboratively not only with patients but with patients’ families and other healthcare professionals to deliver the best medical care possible.

Dr. Creel believes that because our GME program is new, residents will have more opportunities than normal for one-on-one training by the attending surgeon. The start of a new program means that NGMC is hyper-focused on establishing high standards of teaching and community culture from the outset. Our dedication to resident wellness, for example, is already integrated into the new program—as opposed to being added after the culture has been established.

After completing his General Surgery residency and Surgical Critical Care fellowship at The University of Tennessee Department of Surgery, Dr. Creel began teaching flight crews with Air Life Georgia 14 out of Blairsville. Currently, Dr. Creel researches blood product transfusions in the prehospital setting and supports the carrying of blood products with Air Life Georgia 14 and Air Life Georgia 2 out of Gainesville. Dr. Creel spends his free time with his wife, children and friends. He and his family particularly enjoy beautiful Lake Lanier and recreational opportunities around Gainesville.

Dr. Creel is eager to welcome residents into the General Surgery community at a growing hospital that boasts a highly supportive administration and visions of further expansion and continuous improvement. Dr. Creel is ready to train the next generation of physicians, as he believes that each generation can and should be better than the last.

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) GME program is currently accepting applications for the Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency Programs and will match the inaugural class in the spring of 2019. NGMC’s Graduate Medical Education program is designed to train residents to be leaders in the medical field as well as in the community. Learn more about the NGMC GME program.

About Northeast Georgia Health System

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