Personality Profile: Dr. Nicolas Chronos

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This week, we’re also profiling Dr. Nicolas Chronos, managing partner of Lake Country Medical Group, an internist and interventional cardiologist well known for his groundbreaking research in heart disease treatment. In addition to his internal medicine expertise, he specializes in general cardiology, coronary artery disease management and heart failure management. He is also an expert in cardiac regenerative medicine, cardiovascular medical device assessment and translational cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Chronos established Lake Country Medical Group, originally named Cardiology Care Clinic, in 2012 with a mission to bring world-class care to the community he cares about so deeply.

Dr. Chronos received a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine at the University of London in 1987. He then trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Institute in London.

In 1992, Dr. Chronos was awarded a British Heart Foundation International Fellowship and moved to the United States to continue his interventional cardiology research at Emory University School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Spencer B. King, III. He was named director of research at the Andreas Gruentzig Cardiovascular Center at Emory University Hospital in 1997.

In 1999, he joined Atlanta Cardiology Group, where he developed and served as CEO of the Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute until 2012, when he left to form Cardiology Care Clinics. Dr. Chronos has held academic appointments at Duke University and is currently an adjunct professor of medicine and cardiology at Stanford University.

Dr. Chronos is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians of London. He has published several books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. It is his true passion, however, to treat patients within the Lake Oconee community, where he and his family have resided for many years.

Dr. Chronos has three wonderful children: Alex (21), Theo (18), & Christina (10).

He took some time to answer a few questions for us.

Why did you become a cardiologist? 

Dr. Chronos: Both of my parents had heart disease, and I thus was very interested in the physiology of the heart and how we could modify the overall outcome of patients with heart disease.

What is your favorite aspect of your work?

Dr. Chronos: I enjoy partnering with patients to help them optimize their cardiac function and also focusing on preventing disease progression.

Why did you choose Lake Oconee for your practice location? 

Dr. Chronos: I bought a house here in 1999 and since then fell in love with the area and the patients in the community.

What are your hobbies? 

Dr. Chronos: I enjoy golf, spending time with my children, and sailing.

How many countries have you been to? 

Dr. Chronos: I’ve been to 26 countries.

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