THERESA LAWRENCE FORD, MD
Theresa Lawrence Ford is The Medical Director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group and an Active Staff member at
Gwinnett Medical Center Hospitals. 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 also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology. She is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine
She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the National Medical Association, the Metropolitan
Atlanta Rheumatology Societyâ€™ 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 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, MD
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 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 which
is an active clinical Rheumatology practice with sites on the campuses of Gwinnett Medical Center, at Lawrenceville and Johns Creek/Duluth Georgia. Gwinnett
Medical ranks in the top third of hospital patient encounters the United States.
Dr. Elliott's practice serves a wide demographic pool, with a thousand plus patient contacts per month which provide vast
opportunities for research regarding treatment outcomes. As a result, she serves as primary investigator and sub-investigator
in 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.