Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Contact information:

GI Specialists of Georgia
(formerly Northwest Georgia Gastroenterology Associates)
61 Witcher Street, Suite 3100
Marietta, GA 30060
Practice website: www.gigeorgia.com
Tel (Off): 770 429 0031
Fax (Off): 678 819 4279

GI Specialists of Georgia was formed on Oct 1, 2007 by the merger of Northwest Georgia Gastroenterology Associates and Digestive Care Associates. We are currently a group of 21 gastroenterologists covering multiple hospitals and staffing outpatient facilities in the Atlanta metro counties of Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Cherokee. Visit our website at www.gigeorgia for more details.
Northwest Georgia Gastroenterology Associates was a group of nine board certified gastroenterologists in the metro Atlanta area. Our physicians are experts in the evaluation and treatment of digestive and liver disease. We are committed to remain on the forefront of medical care by utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and provide the latest treatment options in a caring and cost efficient manner.My office is located at 61 Witcher Street, Suite 3100 in Marietta, Georgia across from Kennestone Hospital. Office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday with 24-hour physician coverage for emergencies. I admit to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Endoscopic procedures are performed at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, GI Diagnostics Endoscopy Center near Windy Hill Hospital and Marietta Surgery Center.

Training and employment:

Oct 2007 to present - GI Specialists of Georgia, Atlanta metro, GA

July 2004 to Sept 2007 --- Northwest Georgia Gastroenterology Associates, Marietta, GA.

July 2003 to June 2004 --- Fourth year Advanced Endoscopy(ERCP & EUS) Fellowship. (Program Director-Marc F. Catalano, MD) , Milwaukee, WI

July 2000 to June 2003--- 3 year Gastroenterology fellowship, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.(Division chief & Program Director- Chris E. Forsmark, MD)

Jan 2000 to June 2000--- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine.

May 1998 to May 2001--- MPH (Health Policy and Administration)- School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aug 1996 to May 2000--- Staff Physician, PCHC, Waterloo, Iowa.

July 1994 to June 1996--- Residency, Internal Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio.

July 1993 to June 1994--- Internship, Internal Medicine, New York Medical College/Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, New York.

Dec 1983 to June 1993--- Medical School, Internship and 3 year Internal Medicine Residency - Medical College Trivandrum (University of Kerala),Trivandrum, Kerala, India.



Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine
Board certified in Internal Medicine -August 1996, Recertification Dec 2006
Board certified in Gastroenterology -November 2003



Medical Licenses:
Georgia, Florida.



Interests
I have a special interest in pancreatico-biliary diseases with additional training in interventional EUS & ERCP. These special procedures are performed in Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA. Routine endoscopic procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are performed at our various endoscopy suites.



Memberships:
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Gastroenterological Association
American College of Gastroenterology

Publications

Manuscipts

1. George S, Catalano MF. ERCP in Pregnancy. Uptodate 2005. www.uptodate.com

2. Catalano MF, Linder JD, George S, Alcocer E, Geenen J. Treatment of symptomatic distal common bile duct stenosis secondary to chronic pancreatitis: comparison of single vs. multiple simultaneous stents. Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Dec;60(6):945-52.

3. George S, Kulkarni AA, Stevens G, Forsmark CE, Draganov P. Role of Osmolality of Contrast Media in the Development of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis: A Metanalysis. Digestive Diseases and Sciences 2004;49(3):503-508.

4. Draganov P, George S, Toskes PP, Forsmark CE. Is a 15-minute collection of duodenal secretions after secretin stimulation sufficient to diagnose chronic pancreatitis?. Pancreas. 2004;28(1):89-92.

5. Hernandez LV, Mishra G, George S, Bhutani MS. A descriptive analysis of EUS-FNA for mediastinal lymphadenopathy: an emphasis on clinical impact and false negative results. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004;99(2):249-54.

6. George S, Toskes PP, Lambiase L, Forsmark CE. Use of Viokase to prevent relapsing pancreatitis. Proof of efficacy in different decades. (Submitted for publication).

Abstracts

7. George S, Raijman I, Geenen JE, Catalano MF. Outcome After Failure of Initial Mechanical Lithotripsy (ML) of Biliary and Pancreatic Stones. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):T1503, AB198. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

8. George S, Linder JD, Geenen JE, Catalano MF. Prospective Study of Value of 1 and 6 hr Amylase, Lipase Levels in the Prediction of Post ERCP Pancreatitis (PEP) Following Sphincterotomy of Pancreatic Segment (PES) of Sphincter of Oddi. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):T1484, AB194. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

9. Khan O, George S, Geenen JE, Catalano MF. Long-Term Outcome of Pancreatic Duct Stone Removal in Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):T1523, AB204. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

10. Catalano MF, George S, Raijman I, Carr-Locke D, Wilcox CM, Thompson B, Chak A, Howell D, Watkins J, Geenen JE. Mechanical Lithotripsy (ML) of Pancreatic Biliary Stones: Complications and Available Treatment Options Collected from Expert Centers. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):352 AB 98. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

11. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Hua M, Geenen JE. Multimodality Endotherapy for Intractable Pain of Pancreatic CA Using Pancreatic Duct Stenting and Celiac Plexus Neurolysis (CPN). Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):594 AB107. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

12. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Geenen JE, Chua T. Weight Gain Following Bariatric Surgery Secondary to Staple Line Disruption and Stomal Dilation: Endotherapy Using Sodium Morrhuate to Induce Stomal Stenosis Prevents Need for Surgical Revision Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):M1711 AB 149. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

13. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Hua M, Geenen JE. Giant Ampullary Diverticula: Spectrum of Disease and Success of Cannulation. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5): T1453 AB185. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

14. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Hua M, Geenen JE. EUS-Guided Pancreatic Pseudocyst Drainage: Comparison with Standard Endoscopic Cystenterostomy. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):T1516, AB202. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

15. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Hua M, Geenen JE. Benign Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms: Does F/U EUS-FNA Confirm or Alter the Diagnosis. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):T1616, AB229. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

16. Catalano MF, George S, Thomas M, Geenen JE. Endoscopic Treatment of Anastomotic Strictures Following Resection of Esophageal CA: Increased Success Using Submucosal Corticosteroid Injection. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59(5):W1501, AB241. (Poster presented at DDW 2004).

17. George S, Kulkarni A, Stevens G, Paul AA, Forsmark CE, Draganov PV. Role of contrast media (CM) in the development of post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP): A meta-analysis. Gastrointest Endosc 2002;55(5):M1940, AB124. (Poster presented at DDW 2002)

18. George s, Bhutani MS, Hernandez LV, Paul A, Mishra G. Performance characteristics, outcome and decision analytic modeling of endosonography guided fine needle aspiration as an initial diagnostic step compared to mediastinoscopy/mediastinotomy in establishing primary diagnosis of mediastinal lesions. Gastrointest Endosc 2001;53(5):4305, AB197. (Poster presented at DDW 2001).

19. Hernandez L V, Mishra G, George S …Bhutani MS. A descriptive analysis of EUS-FNA for mediastinal lymphadenopathy: Clinical impact on management. Gastrointest Endosc 2001;53(5):3432, AB116. (Poster presented at DDW 2001)

20. George S, Krishnakumar S et al. "Renal Involvement in Formic Acid Poisoning". Proceedings of the 5th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology Dec 1992;51:AB 2DO205. (Presented in 1992)

21. George S, Krishnakumar S et al. "Clinical Profice of Formic Acid Poisoning" Proc. Of 2nd International Meeting of Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow – Nov 92;241. (Presented in 92).


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