ATLANTA VANGUARD MEDICAL ASSOCIATES
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND CARDIOLOGY
Pre-Operative Cardiology Clearance
Congestive Heart Failure
Arrhythmia Management (Heart Rhythm Problems)
Coronary Artery Disease
IAC Accredited Nuclear Cardiology Lab
IAC Accredited Echocardiography Lab
Atlanta Vanguard Research Institute
A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE
Atlanta Vanguard was created on the following principles:
- Provide excellent patient care in a warm, open, friendly environment.
- Build strong, mutually respectful relationships with patients.
- Develop a staff that shares the same values as the doctors.
- Allow physicians, not administrators, to make the best medical and practice decisions for patients.
- Be forward thinking, flexible, open to change, and efficient.
- Modernize and utilize new technology when and where it makes sense for the practice and patients.
- Care for the long-term health of patients and the community.
Learn more about our Mission, Vision, and Values below:
We at Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates support and empower our community members – patients, families, and teammates alike – to uplift and contribute to the wellbeing of our community. We listen to, provide exceptional medical care for, educate, and give our all to our community each and every day.
To create a new kind of healthcare practice: One that is built on fairness, respect, and caring relationships; One in which all people treat all others as they wish to be treated; and One that provides a rare, personal experience that makes lasting memories.
Adaptability, Advancement & Excellence
The art of medicine is constantly evolving. As a progressive practice that strives to provide the best possible care and medicine for our patients, learning the latest techniques and treatments and adopting new technologies to continually advance our practice is vital to us.
We utilize our knowledge, skill, and experience in medicine to provide effective and efficient patient care. Our patients deserve – and we expect – professionalism from every member of our team, from our receptionists to our physicians. We intend for our patients to experience the highest levels of professionalism with every interaction with our practice.
Integrity & Respect
To us, integrity means being honest, reliable, and honorable at all times. We believe respect is earned. We strive to earn our patients’ trust and respect each and every day.
The Golden Rule
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We value the Golden Rule above all else. It guides our every decision and action.
INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
WELCOME NEW AND EXISTING PATIENTS
PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
As a modern medical practice, we provide an Online Patient Portal that allows much of the patient questionnaire to be completed prior to your first appointment. Completing the Online Questionnaire completely will allow the fastest check in process once you reach our office. You should still plan on arriving about 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for check-in. You may also download the patient history forms and complete them prior to arriving at your appointment. However, if the Online Portal Questionnaire or the Downloadable Forms are not completed, you will need to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to your scheduled first appointment time.
All patients will need to provide a government issued form of identification and any applicable insurance card(s).
Please note that you should arrive fasting (nothing to eat for 6-8 hours prior to visit) if you are having a physical examination visit. Also, physical examinations for new patients do not include a pap smear.
Click the link to the left to access the Online Patient Portal. The Online Portal allows you to access many features from the convenience of your home.
- Pre-register for your first appointment
- Complete most patient information prior to first appointment, including past medical history and family history
- Access your health records and lab reports
- Send messages to our practice
- Request prescription refills
For the convenience of our new and existing patients, Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates offers the ability to schedule your appointments online. Please click the icon to the left to schedule.
You may make payments towards your balance online. Our website allows multiple payment options including all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). Our online payment system can also process check payments. Please complete the required fields to make your payment.
If you are not able to complete your New Patient Medical History forms online, you may save time by downloading and completing the forms prior to your first appointment.
Our New Patient Medical History forms are also available in Spanish. You may save time by downloading and completing the forms prior to your first appointment.
We accept a wide range of medical insurance plans. Please use the module below to see if your insurance is listed.
ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS
- Advantra Freedom
- Aetna US Healthcare – GA
- Blue Cross Blue Shield – GA
- Care Improvement Plus
- CIGNA – GA
- Coventry National
- Great West – One Health Plan of GA (CIGNA)
- Humana (Commercial & Medicare)
- Medicare – GA Cahaba GBA
- Mutual of Omaha
- MVP Healthcare
- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
- Tricare: Humana Military Healthcare
- UnitedHealthcare – GA
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND CARDIOLOGY
Michael T. Morris II, MD and Faye Vargas Morris, MD, a husband and wife team, founded Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates in 2012. Dr. Morris, a board certified cardiologist, and Dr. Vargas Morris, a board certified internist, have been practicing in and around Atlanta, Georgia since 2008 and are active members of the Smyrna, Georgia community. Dr. Morris and Dr. Vargas Morris care deeply about their patients, and community. We invite you to continue reading to learn more about Dr. Morris and Dr. Vargas Morris personally and professionally.
Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates is a member of the Emory Healthcare Network
FAYE VARGAS MORRIS, MD
INTERNIST AND CO-FOUNDER
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (BS)
New York University (MD)
Mount Auburn Hospital – Harvard Medical School (Internal Medicine)
MICHAEL T MORRIS II, MD
CARDIOLOGIST AND FOUNDER
Vanderbilt University (BS)
Morehouse School of Medicine (MD)
Mount Auburn Hospital – Harvard Medical School (Internal Medicine)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Cardiovascular Disease)
St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital – Columbia University (Advanced Cardiac Imaging)
The Atlanta Vanguard Research Institute (AVRI) is a research organization which focuses on conducting community-based clinical trials. Clinical research allows our practice to offer cutting-edge treatments to our patients, including new medications, therapies, or diagnostic procedures.
At the Atlanta Vanguard Research Institute, we work closely with you to ensure your safety while you take part in these trials. Without you, clinical trials would not be possible. Call and speak with our research coordinator to find out more information about the trials that are currently open and whether you may be able to participate.
We are currently enrolling patients in studies for the following medical conditions:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- High Cholesterol
This is a list of trials at Atlanta Vanguard Research Institute that are closed to enrollment. Even though we are no longer enrolling patients in these studies, we new studies may be starting in the near future that may involve similar medical conditions.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Atrial Fibrillation
Internal Medicine Reviews
I enjoyed Dr. Faye Vargas. She’s nice, polite and understanding. I will keep her as my doctor she is one of the world’s finest doctors.
Love her! It was like talking with my sister. I’ve never connected with a doctor like I have with her. Her pleasant and calm demeanor put me at ease but it was her ability to listen and provide medical options that gave me hope toward a healthier future that totally won me over. I didn’t think doctors like her still existed. Thank you…
Dr. Morris is TRULY a phenomenal physician who genuinely listens to you, all your concerns, & your symptoms & tries to figure out all the pieces to the puzzle. I have already recommended him to several people & will continue to do so because he provides the best care I feel available & is truly a firm believer/supporter of the principals of the Hippocratic oath!!!
The thing I liked the best about Dr. Morris was that he explained his methods and the procedures in a very clear-cut way. He didn’t want to do unnecessary testing so he is cost-sensitive. He had a very nice manner and sense of humor. I will continue to go to him; I liked him very much.
I enjoyed my visit with Dr. Morris. The office was very clean and organized, and the staff was pleasant and very professional. I love that the office has a patient portal that keeps all of my medical information updated and organized. From my visit it was clear that Dr. Morris was extremely knowledgeable and well read regarding all things medicine. When I asked a question, she would give a detailed explanation explaining the how’s and why’s without me having to pull the information out of her. I found this extremely helpful, as some doctors are partial to monosyllabic answers to patient questions. Overall, I had a great visit! I look forward to having Dr. Morris as my regular doctor.
Dr. Morris is very knowledgable and his techniques are definitely up to date. The best part is all tests were conducted in the office which we all know helps when it comes to insurance coverage. He’s definitely an A+ Cardiologist.
Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
3692 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082
We are located in the Highlands Grove Office Park in Building 2. As you enter the complex, go straight ahead and we are in the first building on the right. We have ample free parking.
Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates
3692 Highlands Parkway; Smyrna, GA 30082
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