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Alexander G. Justicz, MD and David A. Langford, MD Join Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) recently announced cardiac and thoracic surgeons Alexander G. Justicz, MD, and David A. Langford, MD, have joined the hospital system and will serve as the lead surgeons at the new Strickland Heart Center when GMC starts its open heart surgery program in January 2012.
Dr. Langford has been affiliated with the hospital system for nearly two years, serving GMC in an administrative capacity as the medical director for cardiovascular surgery. Langford was directly involved in all aspects of the development of GMC’s open heart surgery program.
“Our goal is to provide world-class cardiac care and these two nationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeons help us complete such services,” said President and CEO Philip Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center. “Through their experience and commitment to clinical excellence, we can further realize our organizational mission of providing quality outcomes to the community.”
“Together, Dr. Langford and I draw upon 35 years of cardiac surgical experience, including involvement in building other new heart and vascular programs,” said Dr. Justicz. “We will rely upon this background to provide the community with the superior quality program they deserve.”
“GMC has assembled an outstanding team of skilled professionals to complement the significant capital investment made in the Strickland Heart Center,” said Dr. Langford. “We look forward to being a part of this sophisticated program.”
Dr. Justicz earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and went on to graduate from the Emory University School of Medicine where he served as chief resident of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Justicz specializes in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery with particular interest in mitral valve repair, aortic surgery, less invasive techniques and complex reoperative surgery.
Dr. Justicz comes home to Atlanta–a market with which he is very familiar and has had a significant impact since entering practice in 1995. He returns following a two-year stint as lead cardiac surgeon at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During the prior 15 years of his practice in Atlanta, Justicz worked at Piedmont Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, as well as Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Dr. Justicz was the chief of cardiac surgery at Piedmont Hospital for six years and was the lead surgeon responsible for the launch of the open heart surgery program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville in 2002. Dr. Justicz, an employee of the newly-formed Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons – Gwinnett Medical Group, is board certified in thoracic surgery.
Dr. Langford is board certified in thoracic surgery and a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and the College of William & Mary. He completed training at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. Langford’s areas of expertise include aortic valve interventions, coronary artery disease, valve disease and heart failure, among others.
Dr. Langford, an employee of St. Joseph’s Medical Group, practiced for nearly 20 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta. During much of that time, he also practiced at Piedmont Hospital of Atlanta and Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Located in Lawrenceville, GMC’s new Strickland Heart Center is a 40,000 square-foot facility that houses advanced technology, including state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms, providing residents of metro Atlanta access to leading cardiac care professionals.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.