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 a clinical professor of neurology at Emory University. He says taking care of patients remains most rewarding and challenging with all the changes in 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 longstanding 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 completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1988. 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 St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and is on the board of directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta and for the last 6 years has been listed in the national publication, Guide to Top Physicians.  He 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 before joining Atlanta Neurology in 1992. Dr. Sanders is board-certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. At Saint Joseph’s Hospital, he is the Director of the Stroke Center and the 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 before her neurology residency at Emory University. She is affiliated with the Northside Sleep Disorder Center at Northside Hospital. She is board certified in Neurology as well as Sleep Disorders.
James M. Kiely, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. James 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 and runs the Epilepsy Clinic and inpatient monitoring for epilepsy. He is the medical director of the neurophysiology lab at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Kiely is a member of the American Epilepsy Society and also a member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Dr. Kiely is married with four children.
Brandy Hughes, DNP, FNP-C
BrandyBrandy Hughes obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama magna cum laude. She is also an alumna of the Medical College of Georgia where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing with honors. She is nationally certificated by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and from the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) and Stroke Care Registered Nurse (SCRN). She has many 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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