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North Georgia Rheumatology Group


Welcome to our family

Welcome to North Georgia Rheumatology Group P.C., the practice of Dr. Theresa Lawrence Ford and Dr. Cynthia Lawrence Elliott. Our Doctors and staff provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for patients suffering from chronic autoimmune disorders, in a caring, nurturing environment. We take great pride in the relationships that we have established with our patients and the ability to give a personal approach to difficult problems.

At NGRG, our patients are family and are treated as such, with individualized attention to reach an accurate diagnosis and then determine the most appropriate treatment approach. We are qualified to manage all autoimmune and connective tissue diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, scleroderma, and vasculitis; all forms of arthritis including gout, pseudogout, and osteoarthritis; bone disorders such as osteoporosis; and musculoskeletal disorders.

While most autoimmune disorders cannot be cured, NGRG provides several treatment options to relieve symptoms and help patients continue to live normal lives, some of which may include biological therapy, joint injections and treatment for gout. Treatment is customized to fit each patient’s individual needs so that they can feel their best and reduce the risk of complications.

We value your time and want to provide you with the level care you expect and deserve in the most convenient way possible. In our effort to best serve you, we offer many on-site services such as laboratory testing, radiology, ultrasound and infusion centers. Our physicians are experienced in treating a variety of rheumatology conditions and work with each patient individually to create a customized treatment plan.

Our physicians specialize in treating people afflicted with the more than 100 diseases that cause arthritis and related disorders of the joints, muscles and bones. Each patient is unique and as a result we work with cutting-edge treatments and technologies to provide you with the best care available.

Gwinnett Medical

Northside Hospital Gwinnett

North Georgia Rheumatology Group is an active clinical Rheumatology practice situated on the campus of Northside Hospital Gwinnett, in Lawrenceville Georgia. Theresa Lawrence Ford is the Medical Director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group and an Active Staff member at Northside Hospital.

Our Physicians


Theresa Lawrence Ford is the Medical Director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group and an Active Staff member at Northside Hospital Gwinnett. She practices in a single specialty group in Gwinnett County, Georgia with her sister who is also a Rheumatologist. Dr. Lawrence Ford received her Medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals, where she also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology. She is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the National Medical Association, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rheumatology Society’ and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She has also served as a Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Registry.

With a strong research background, she has done research in the fields of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and maintains her interest currently by participating as an investigator in clinical trials and by acting as a national speaker in the field of Rheumatology. She has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine yearly as a Top Doctor in her field since 2005.

In addition to her professional societies she maintains an avid interest in Wellness. She is holds certification in the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, and is Medical Director of Patient Fitness Center.


Cynthia Lawrence Elliott, M.D., obtained undergraduate training at Manhattanvile College; medical degree at Meharry Medical College, with preclinical elective studies at Johns Hopkins University, and clinical electives at Harvard Medical School, post graduate medical training in internal medicine at New York Medical College, and a rheumatology/immunology fellowship at Emory University. She is the co-director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group, with her sister, Theresa Lawrence Ford M.D. North Georgia Rheumatology Group, an active clinical Rheumatology practice with sites on the campus of Northside Hospital Gwinnett, in Lawrenceville Georgia.

Dr. Elliott's practice serves a wide demographic pool, with a thousand plus patient contacts per month, which provides vast opportunities for research regarding treatment outcomes. As a result, she serves as primary investigator and sub-investigator on numerous research studies concerning Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis, and Gout. She is an advocate for utilizing imaging techniques with ultrasound in diagnosing and treating patients with acute and chronic arthritis.

For 20 years she has promoted patient advocacy through activities with the American College of Rheumatology, and with colleagues from around the world, attended the last 7 annual conferences of the European League Against Rheumatism. She is an avid supporter of the rights of underserved populations and co-sponsored grants and scholarships for Morehouse Medical College Students. She has served as a clinical preceptor for students at Morehouse School of Medicine; and assists with clinical rotations of medical students at her office. She has served on numerous medical advisory boards and educational committees, including the Sjogrens Foundation and Scleroderma Foundation. She currently serves on the medical advisory board of the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia chapter and sponsored Annual Clinical Lupus Symposia in Lawrenceville Georgia.

Her greatest personal achievement has been a productive and satisfying professional career balanced with a successful marriage, children, grandchildren and spiritual harmony.

Insurance Accepted

We are an in network provider for most of the plans offered by the following insurance carriers. None the less, we encourage you to verify you benefits before you first appointment.

Contact Us

Our Locations

Lawrenceville Office

500 Medical Center Blvd Ste 290
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 770.822.1090

Office Hours

Monday 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Thursday 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Friday 8:00AM - 5:30PM

Telephone Hours

Monday 9:00AM - Noon & 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - Noon & 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - Noon & 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - Noon
Friday 9:00AM - Noon

Patient Education

Patient Education

We have gathered several resources that can help answer many questions you may have about rheumatic diseases. These links will open in a new page.

Genesis Pure

Genesis Pure

Welcome to our family!

It is here at Genesis PURE where you can begin your journey to Whole Health. It’s time to make our bodies a top priority, to maximize our full potential, and to rediscover a balanced lifestyle.

Whole Health is just as much a way of life as it is what you feed your body. We believe in giving the body what it needs to thrive with quality products that support nutrition, performance, beauty and life balance. Our products work together, complementing and supporting each other to maximize their effectiveness and bring you the best results possible. And, they are unmatched in efficacy and bioavailability.

Ask us about Genesis Pure at your next appointment at North Georgia Rheumatology Group.

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At NGRG we offer infusion therapy of biologic medications in a caring, nurturing, patient friendly environment. Our infusion staff have been trained to provide therapeutic infusions in which medications are administered through an IV placed in your vein. We provide patient education prior to your treatment and are available to answer your questions at any time during this process.

Our infusion areas offer the patient a comfortable atmosphere with reclining chairs and a television to help pass the time. Out infusion site is located in out Lawrenceville office. If you have questions at any time regarding your treatment please feel free to call our office at 770-822-1090.

Infusion Dept Hours:
Wednesdays (8am-4pm) or by appointment


Clinical Trials “The potential is endless”

Clinical Trials
Our clinical trials staff are certified, highly trained and experienced in conducting clinical trials. We strive to provide quality care to our patients and reliable data to our sponsors, our trial clinical trials studying conditions such as, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (SLE), ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriasis. At our office, the welfare of clinical trial patients is our utmost priority.

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to potentially new treatments that are not available to the public, have access to expert medical care during the trial, and help others by contributing to medical research. In addition, participants receive study related medical care and medication at no cost. Compensation for time and travel is available.

Understanding Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are highly controlled human studies of new and emerging drug therapies. The NGRG, clinical trial staff, provide state-of-the-art patient care, while carefully evaluating how best to apply the most recent innovations in orthopedics and rheumatology.

The safety of study participants is our top priority. Clinical trials at NGRG are reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), which includes doctors, administrators, ethicists, and members of the general public. The IRB provides continuing surveillance of the trial as well as periodic review of study results. Before a treatment can be tested in people, it must be shown to be safe and effective in laboratory and animal studies. Volunteers who agree to participate are fully informed of possible study risks and benefits and sign a consent form before being accepted into a clinical trial.

The safety and effectiveness of clinical trials are reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and HSS Clinical Trials are posted on the FDA website. The FDA determines if and when a clinical trial provides evidence that the treatment under study offers improvements in care that can be made available to all patients with a particular condition.

Know Your Rights

Before enrolling in a clinical trial, you will undergo the informed consent process. At this time, the investigator will explain the purpose of the trial, its expected benefits, any possible risks or side effects, and what your role will be. This is the time to ask questions! If you want to join the trial, you must sign the informed consent documents. You can leave a clinical trial at any time without penalty.

For more information, please visit U.S. National Institutes of Health’s website.

if you are interested and have questions about specific trials, please feel free to contact us at research@ngrgroup.net.