The American Heart Association Gives Gold Award for Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

Stroke awards

DeKalb Medical has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

In addition, DeKalb Medical Hillandale received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Physician Updates


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Kim Dyckman, PA-C, Joins Drs. Scott Keller and Robert Frantz at Mountain East Family Medicine

Physician Assistant Kim Dyckman is excited to join Mountain East Family Medicine.

Prior to joining the practice, Kim worked as a Physician Assistant in the greater Atlanta area. She received her Masters of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Kim has a passion for developing relationships with her patients and their families from pediatric to adult.. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, dancing, and playing with her dogs.


DMPG Dr. WhiteCandace White, DO of Lithonia Primary Care, discussed heart disease and hypertension on the radio show, The Weekly Checkup on May 21, 2017 To listen to the audio, click here:



Shahid Rafique, MD, has relocated to Lenora Church Family Medicine and joins Drs. John Ahrendt and Marie Lightbourne, effective June 5, 2017. His former practice, Snellville Physician Associates,  is now closed.




David J. Roth, M.D.- MontrealOn behalf of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical staff, we’d like to express our gratitude to David Roth, MD, who recently announced his retirement from practicing medicine. Dr. Roth has worked in general internal medicine in the Atlanta area for nearly 30 years. We thank him for providing excellent service at Montreal Internal Medicine, DeKalb Medical, and in the Tucker community.


Listen to Dr. Quiñones on “The Weekly Check-Up” radio show

quinones-michael_newListen to The Weekly Check-Up radio show from February 5th featuring Michael Quiñones, MD, FACS from DeKalb General Surgery & Surgical Oncology. His topic of choice was “Noninvasive Breast Biopsy:  Are Too Many Biopsies Being Done?”

The Weekly Check-Up is a live radio show on Sundays at 3 p.m. on AM750 and 95.5FM . If you miss the live broadcast, you can catch the recording on their website within days of the taping. To get to the website, click here:

Arpan Patel, M.D. joins Patten at North Druid Hills Internal Medicine

patel-arpanDr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida where he majored in Biology, with a minor in Education.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine located in Portsmouth, Dominica, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Dr. Patel then returned to Florida to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. During residency he served as Junior Faculty for University Of Central Florida and in his last year he served as the chief resident.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians. He most recently worked as an internal medicine hospitalist and decided to switch to primary care to fulfill his goal to practice preventative medicine.

His special medical interests include hypertension, Diabetes, heart disease and preventive care. He speaks fluent Hindi and Gujarati and is accepting new patients.

North Druid Hills Internal Medicine is located at 3775 North Druid Hills Rd. in Decatur. Phone is 404.446.1340 and fax is 404.446.3497.

Ferhana Najam, M.D. joins Botstein and Hartman at Rheumatology Associates of DeKalb

najam_ferhanaDr. Najam received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Dow Medical College in Pakistan.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and fellowship training in Rheumatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  In the few years to follow, she continued short courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Dubai, as well as the American College of Rheumatology.

Prior to joining DeKalb Medical, Dr. Najam was the Attending Rheumatologist at United Regional Physicians Group, which is affiliated to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX.

Dr. Najam is board certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in this profession for over 16 years.  Her clinical interest is in general Rheumatology, and she can deal with complex rheumatologic diseases.  She is also trained to do Ultrasound in management of her patients. Dr. Najam is also a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and a present member of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) and Wichita County Medical Alliance.

Dr. Najam’s primary office will be the North Decatur location at 2712 N. Decatur Road. Phone is 404.299.0187 and fax is 404.292.2766

Andrew Wurtzel is named Executive Director, Service Lines


Andy Wurtzel will assume the role of Executive Director, Service Lines and Business Development at DeKalb Medical.

In this role, Andy will have oversight responsibility for the Orthopedics and Spine Service Line, the Surgical Weight Loss Program, and Heartburn Solutions Center. In addition, Andy will be responsible for business development activities including physician outreach, physician recruitment, and new business ventures.

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Dr. Ashraf Khan joins Momin at Atlanta Vascular Surgery

Ashraf khan_ashraf-large-headshotKhan, M.D., comes to DMPG and Atlanta Vascular Surgery with board certification in general surgery and an accredited fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery. He received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. Dr. Khan completed an internship, residency and chief year in general surgery at Saint Louis University in St. Louis in 2014. He has also completed an accredited vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he gained extensive experience in the latest endovascular and open vascular surgery techniques including hybrid operations.

He has also received certifications in FLS, ACLS and ATLS. He is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a resident member of the American College of Surgeons.

His interests include endovascular and open repair of aortic ( thoracic/abdominal ) aneurysmal and occlusive disease, carotid artery disease, lower extremity revascularization with emphasis on limb salvage, mesenteric revascularization and vascular ultrasound. He is a dedicated surgeon with passion for his work and a commitment to provide the best care available to each patient he has the opportunity to treat.

Dr. Khan will be practicing at two locations: 2675 N. Decatur Rd, Ste. 710 in Decatur and 5910 Hillandale Dr, Ste. 205 in Lithonia. Phone is 470.223.4707 for both.