Scholars, mentors and partners in good health

Kennestone GME faculty and house staff share a passion for the practice of community medicine. Committed educators skilled in adult learning theory pursue specialties in areas like public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology and healthcare disparities.

“I’ve always loved teaching and it is a humbling honor to be involved in the development of graduate education at WellStar, especially since I was born in Kennestone Hospital.”

~ G. Waldon Garriss III
Joanne Zhu
Program Director, Transitional Year
Dr. Joanne Zhu received her master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Zhu completed her internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Zhu is board certified in internal medicine with focused practice in hospital medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Association of Physician Leadership and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Zhu currently is in practice with WellStar Hospitalist Group – Kennestone, and is Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. She has been a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine Section, at Georgia Regents University since 2015.
Sara Acree
Core Faculty, Transitional Year
Sara Acree, MD is staff pathologist and director of Transfusion Services at Kennestone Regional Medical Center. She joined WellStar in July 2013 with a background in general surgical pathology and hematopathology. Dr. Acree is also a former English major and language arts teacher, as well as medical writer and editor, and has joined the GME team to pursue her ongoing interests in these areas. More recently, she became core faculty for the Transitional Year Program. In addition, she holds a clinical appointment with the Medical College of Georgia and established an elective clerkship for their students. A native of Nicaragua, Dr. Acree is a first-generation Hispanic-American, fluent in Spanish, and retains a strong passion for Latin music and cuisine, as well as her Roman Catholic roots. She grew up in the “City of Our Lady of the Angels”, where she completed her medical and postgraduate training, and remains an ardent fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom she misses dearly. Dr. Sara Acree graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in English, and UCLA (David Geffen) School of Medicine, Los Angeles, in 2007. After completing her residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP) at USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, she completed fellowships in surgical pathology (SP) and hematopathology (HP) in 2012 and 2013.
Rosa Gomez
Coordinator, Transitional Year
Rosa joins the WellStar Kennestone GME team with more than 15 years of healthcare experience obtained in the Atlanta and NYC metro areas. She most recently served in administration at a privately-owned orthopaedic practice, and as the coordinator for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.
Satyam Veean
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Specialty: Interventional Radiology
Cole Steber
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Radiation Oncology
Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Connor Smith
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School Ophthalmology
Specialty: Ophthalmology
My-Linh Nguyen
University of Maryland School of Medicine Diagnostic Radiology
Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
Mina Naguib
Emory University School of Medicine Ophthalmology
Specialty: Ophthalmology
Brice Hwang
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Ophthalmology
Specialty: Ophthalmology
Ashley Hoffman
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine