Harbin Clinic Vascular Surgeon Dr. John Kirkland Named President of the Georgia Vascular Society

Harbin Clinic has announced that longtime vascular surgeon Dr. John Kirkland has been installed as president of the Georgia Vascular Society (GVS), an organization dedicated to promoting the science and art of the diagnosis and management of peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Kirkland is a member of the founding council of the GVS, has been president-elect for the past year, and is now serving as the second president of the organization.

Dr. Kirkland officially assumed the duties of his new role at the GVS Annual Scientific Sessions forum held in Greensboro, GA in September. The conference also showcased presentations by Harbin vascular medicine specialist Dr. Billy Chacko and vascular surgeon Dr. Trent Prault. Dr. Chacko presented a paper entitled "Functioning Carotid Paraganlioma Presenting with Resistant Hypertension and Syncope” and another entitled “Integrating Vascular Medicine in a Vascular Surgery Practice." Dr. Prault presented a paper entitled "Endovascular repair of a Thoracic Aortic Anastamotic Psuedoaneurysm."

As president of the GVS, Dr. Kirkland will be responsible for leading the organization as it pursues its mission of educating physicians and promoting research in vascular diseases.

“Dr. Kirkland is an esteemed vascular surgeon who has always demonstrated a steadfast commitment to advancing his practice and the field of vascular medicine as a whole,” said Harbin Clinic President and CEO Ken Davis, MD. “We are so proud that Dr. Kirkland has been named president of the prestigious Georgia Vascular Society and are supremely confident that his leadership will help take the organization to new heights.”

To become an active member of the GVS, physicians must be credentialed to practice vascular surgery in the state of Georgia. Physicians of other specialties who have an interest in vascular diseases may become associate members. Today, there are more than 60 members statewide.

Dr. Kirkland has dedicated much of his professional career to the care of patients with varicose veins and complications of venous disease and currently serves as Medical Director of Harbin Clinic Vein Center. He earned his medical doctorate and a doctoral degree in cardiovascular physiology from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI, and the National Science Foundation at Emory University in Atlanta, respectively.

Dr. Kirkland is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS); a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA); a Fellow of the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis; and past-president of the Atlanta Vascular Society. He also is a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the American College of Phlebology. Additionally, Dr. Kirkland is past-president of the Fredrick A. Collier Surgical Society, currently serves as president of the Fredrick A. Collier Surgical Education and Research Foundation, and is a member of the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirkland, visit www.harbinclinic.com or call Harbin Clinic Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Intervention Rome at 762-235-3390 or Harbin Clinic Vein Center Rome at 762-235-3760.