Meet Our Primary Doctors

Richard D. Franco, M.D. (Retired)

Dr. Franco is a clinical neurologist and founding partner who has been in practice for 25 years.  He was born and educated in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is also a clinical professor of neurology at Emory University.  He says taking care of patients remains most rewarding and challenging with all of the changes in the structure of health care delivery.  The face-to-face diagnosis and management of illness, the understanding of people’s emotional and physical needs and the spiritual dimension of healing are the central core of clinical practice.  Dr. Franco is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology.  He has special interest in problems of stroke, headache, memory disorders, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, with long-standing interest in neuroimaging techniques of MRI and CT.

Matthews W. Gwynn, M.D.

Dr. Gwynn attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1981.  In 1985 he graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School and, in 1988, completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He then returned to the University of Virginia for his neurology residency.  Dr. Gwynn is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology, has a special interest in movement disorders, and has developed a special expertise in the use of botulinum toxin (Botox®).  He is known professionally as a leader in this field in the Southeastern United States.  Dr. Gwynn is the Chief of Neurology at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.  He currently serves on, and is former Chairman of, the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta.  For over 10 years, he has been listed in the national publication, Guide to Top Physicians.  Dr. Gwynn is married with 2 children and enjoys golf, tennis, and classical music.


Keith A. Sanders, M.D.

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Sanders graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania before attending medical school at Emory University.  He completed his neurology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and then completed a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco prior to joining Atlanta Neurology in 1992.  Dr. Sanders is board-certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  At Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, he is the Director of the Stroke Center and former Chairman of the Ethics Resource Committee.  He enjoys hiking and swimming with his wife and 2 children.

Lisa H. Johnston, M.D.

Joining the Atlanta Neurology team in 1998, Dr. Johnston brings expertise in sleep disorders through fellowship training at Emory University.  Previously, she received bachelor and doctor of medicine degrees at Brown University, and completed her neurology residency at Emory University.  She is affiliated with the Northside Sleep Disorder Center at Northside Hospital.  Dr. Johnston is board-certified in Neurology as well as in Sleep Disorders.

James M. Kiely, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kiely received his M.D. in 1994 from Emory University.  He received his Ph.D. from the Emory Department of Pharmacology for his doctorate thesis on nervous system control of blood pressure.  He received fellowship training in Epilepsy and Intensive Monitoring at the University of Virginia.  During his tenure he was the recipient of national awards for epilepsy research.  He is board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology.  Dr. Kiely is a partner at Atlanta Neurology.  He runs the Epilepsy Clinic and supervises inpatient monitoring for epilepsy at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.  He is also the Medical Director of the Neurophysiology Lab at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.  Dr. Kiely is a member of the American Epilepsy Society and a member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.   For the last 3 years, he has been listed in the national publication, Guide to Top Physicians.  Dr. Kiely is married with 4 children.

Ogonna A. Iwuora, M.D.

OgonnaDr. Iwuora graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington before attending medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem.  She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received her fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at Emory University School of Medicine.  She is board-certified in Neurology as well as in Clinical Neurophysiology.  Dr. Iwuora practiced as a neurologist with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group in Gainesville prior to joining Atlanta Neurology.

Brandy Hughes, DNP, FNP-C

BrandyBrandy Hughes obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) magna cum laude from the University of Alabama.  She is also an alumna of the Medical College of Georgia where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with honors, in nursing.  She is nationally-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) and Stroke Care Registered Nurse (SCRN).  She has may years of inpatient and outpatient experience working in neurology and neurological rehabilitation.  She has subspecialty experience in headache management.  Her medical model is focused on patient education.  She feels education is paramount for understanding and managing neurological disease.  Brandy was born and raised in Georgia.  She is married and lives in Sandy Springs.

Doctors in the News  

Dr Lisa Johnston, national sleep expert, interviewed by ABC on the link between sleep and the risk of heart disease.

Drs Matthews Gwynn and Keith Sanders, stroke experts, interviewed by CNN on the signs and treatment of acute stroke.

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