Hugh Coke, MD, says he identifies with his patients because he was diagnosed with coronary heart disease when he was 39 years old.
“My favorite part of being a doctor is building relationships with my patients and helping them reach optimal health outcomes,” Coke says. “Hamilton has more resources than many places I’ve worked before, as well as impressive physicians and modern, cutting-edge services.”
Coke is a board-certified, non-invasive cardiologist for Hamilton Physician Group – Cardiology. He also serves patients from Hamilton Health–Calhoun.
He attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta and completed internal medicine residency training at Keesler Medical Center Air Force Base and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also completed a cardiology fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Coke didn’t originally plan to become a doctor. At first, he studied international affairs in college while working as a caregiver for a quadriplegic man. Later, he went to work for a power company, but he soon grew bored. The caregiving experience stuck with him, however, and he switched gears and decided to try medical school. He joined the Air Force to help pay for school, and the pathway stuck.
In his spare time, Coke enjoys swimming, canoeing, refinishing old furniture and pursuing his love of history through online courses. He practices eating a diet based mainly in fruits and vegetables and enjoys supporting patients toward healthier habits.
To make an appointment with Coke at the Dalton location, call 706-226-3434. For the Calhoun location, call 706-529-3025.