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Press Release: Welcome Drs. Cindy Grines and Fredy El Sakr

Press Release: Welcome Drs. Cindy Grines and Fredy El Sakr

Cindy Grines, MD, FACC, MSCAI    Fredy El Sakr, MD

ATLANTA– Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute is expanding into Lawrenceville with its newest location at 721 Wellness Way. Drs. Cindy Grines and Fredy El Sakr join the medical practice’s team of cardiovascular experts. Both doctors will begin seeing patients in early November.

One of the nation’s preeminent cardiologists, Dr. Cindy Grines is a distinguished researcher who pioneered primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for heart attacks. She serves as chief scientific officer of Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute and is the incoming president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. Grines is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Her clinical interests include interventional cardiology, complex and high-risk coronary interventions and women’s ischemic heart disease.

“My father’s favorite saying was ‘don’t follow the masses,’ so I blazed my own trail and became a female cardiologist at a time when this was unheard of,” said Dr. Grines. “I can’t imagine doing anything else and absolutely love my career and helping my patients.”

Dr. Fredy H. El Sakr joins Dr. Grines at Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s Lawrenceville office.

Board certified in interventional cardiology, Dr. El Sakr’s clinical interests include coronary artery disease, structural heart disease including aortic valve disease and mitral valve disease. He specializes in complex coronary artery disease, treatment of aortic stenosis (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement/TAVR), and the treatment of mitral regurgitation (MitraClip).

Dr. El Sakr knows firsthand how heart disease can affect families; his father passed away from a heart attack.

“As a cardiologist, my mission is to be closely engaged with my patients and provide the highest level of care, as I would want for my own family,” said Dr. El Sakr. “I most enjoy developing relationships with my patients… I’m excited to be working amongst colleagues who are as passionate about cardiovascular health and their community’s wellbeing as I am.”

Dr. Grines and Dr. El Sakr will begin seeing patients in early November at Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s new Lawrenceville location, 721 Wellness Way, Suite 210, Lawrenceville, GA  30046. The practice also has a location in Midtown Atlanta.

To schedule an appointment call 404-962-6000.