Scholars, mentors and partners in good health

Kennestone GME faculty and 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.
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.
Jim Shehy
Institutional Program Manger, Graduate Medical Education
Jim Shehy has been formative in the development of the WellStar Graduate Medical Education program. After graduating from law school Jim launched a career in the non-profit sector and served the Boy Scouts of America and Southeast Georgia Health System before joining WellStar in 2012.