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GI Specialists of Georgia provides patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal services, including a colon cancer screening near Atlanta, GA, and surrounding areas. We are a board-certified team that’s provided colon screenings with the highest care for over 30 years. Our team is trained and certified to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal and digestive tract ailments such as diseases related to the liver, pancreas and beyond. We will work directly with your primary care provider to customize a treatment plan and care for you with cutting-edge technology and screenings. Visit one of our offices today to get started on forming a gastrointestinal treatment plan.

East Cobb Office

Address

1121 Johnson Ferry Rd
Bldg 2 Ste 150
Marietta, GA 30068

Phone
678-741-5000

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Our Physicians

Dr. Ritesh Shah - Board Certified Gastroenterologist in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ritesh Shah

Name: Ritesh Shah, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
EAST COBB OFFICE
1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Building 2, Suite 150
Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: 678-741-5000
Also sees patients at the KENNESTONE/MARIETTA OFFICE

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Ritesh Shah is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 2006.

Dr. Shah received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry with high honors and also his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, and earned honors including, Internal Medicine Resident of the Year. Following his residency, he completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Shah is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Shah is married with three boys. He enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, watching movies, and coaching his 3 kids for their various sports teams.

Dr. Shanil Harkins - Gastroenterologist at Gi Specialists of Georgia

Dr. Shanil L. Harkins

Name: Shanil Harkins, M.D.
Gender: Female

Primary Location:
EAST COBB OFFICE
1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Building 2, Suite 150
Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Shanil Harkins is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and has a special interest in both Esophageal Disorders and Pancreatic Biliary Disease. She has been practicing since 2014 and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Dr. Harkins received her Bachelors in Science at the University of Puerto Rico as Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine with Clinical Honors from the Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Harkins completed both her Internal Medicine residency and her Gastroenterology and Advanced Endoscopy Fellowships at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She has special training in Advanced Endoscopy techniques as well as ERCP, Tumor Ablation and High-Resolution Manometry.

Dr. Harkins has participated in a number of Academic Research Studies. She has also earned honors and awards to include Elected Member of the USF Gastroenterology Clinical Competency Committee, USF Internal Medicine “Resident of the Month”, and Former Miss Guayama, Puerto Rico.

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Dr. Ross A. Kommor

Name: Ross Kommor, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
KENNESTONE/MARIETTA OFFICE
711 Canton Road NE, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000
Also sees patients at the EAST COBB OFFICE

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Sub Specialty: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Ross Kommor is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 1987.

Dr. Kommor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Medical Degree from M.D University of Kentucky, Medical School in Lexington, KY. He completed his Internal Medicine internship, residency, and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Kommor has co-authored several publications and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterology Association, American Medical Association, AMPAC, Cobb County Medical Society, GAMPAC, Georgia Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Society, Georgia Medical Association and Southern Medical Association. He was named a "Top Doctor" by Georgia Trend Magazine for 2023.

Colon Screening & Anesthesia in the Greater Atlanta Area

Our team focuses on detecting colon and gastrointestinal issues early and providing preventative treatments. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in America for men and women, with cases expected to rise. Colorectal cancer symptoms include growths known as polyps that appear within the rectum or colon. Therefore, they are difficult to find and identify. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy as the best choice for detecting polyps and gastrointestinal symptoms early so they can be removed. Colon cancer is common but is also easily preventable if it is quickly identified through a colonoscopy. We recommend scheduling regular colon screenings to reduce or eliminate the spread of cancer.

Our Gastrointestinal Procedures Available at East Cobb

We provide patients with the following gastrointestinal services in Greater Atlanta and the East Cobb area:

  • Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that determines whether colon cancer is present. Causes of pain and discomfort such as bowel irritation, bleeding and anemia are analyzed. A small colonoscope is inserted into the rectum while the patient is placed under sedation. Our team can remove polyps, heal bleeding and lesions, and conduct biopsies during a colonoscopy.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound: Ultrasounds give endoscopic specialists the ability to view and analyze the linings of a patient’s stomach, esophagus, and the walls of their GI tract. Endoscopic ultrasounds provide internal medicine doctors with data on a patient’s liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
  • Bravo PH Monitor: With this procedure, an acid level is placed in the body’s endoscopic area for 48 hours. The monitor records and transmits data to a receiver and gives specialists an in-depth assessment of your PH levels.
  • FibroScan: The Fibro Scan procedure, also referred to as transient elastography, assesses your liver and looks for signs of fibrosis such as fatty spots. The procedure is non-invasive and usually takes 15 minutes to complete.
  • Hemorrhoidal Banding: This procedure is non-surgical and doesn’t require anesthesia to be performed. A small, gentle device is latched around internal hemorrhoids to remedy them. The procedure usually takes three treatments with 10 days between each to fully address hemorrhoids.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Specialists insert an endoscopic device into the rectum to see a patient’s sigmoid, or descending colon. Flexible Sigmoidoscopies can double as a cancer screening and can find the sources of issues like rectal bleeding, constipation, and diarrhea.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopathy Pacratogram (ERCP): This procedure consists of an endoscope, tubes and x-rays that give specialists a view into a patient’s liver ducts. First, the endoscope is inserted through the mouth and into the bile duct to analyze the liver.
  • Esophagastroduoendonoscopy (EGD): During this procedure, a gastroenterologist evaluates the inside of a patient’s esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. The procedure gives our specialists the chance to analyze symptoms and tissue samples. We can also remedy bleeding and ulcers during this procedure. EGD procedures are typically quick and easy to perform.

Why Should I Choose GI Specialists of Georgia in East Cobb?

GI Specialists of Georgia’s licensed and board-certified team of gastrointestinal specialists and hepatology doctors has over 30 years of experience treating patients around the Atlanta, GA area. We possess the cutting-edge technology needed to detect signs and symptoms of colon cancer, gastrointestinal disease, and digestive tract disorders. All treatments are customized and designed to meet the individual needs of our patients, all performed and completed within an accommodating environment where you’ll feel safe and secure from beginning to end.

Contact Us for Exceptional Gastrointestinal Treatments

Our services ensure you’ll receive the proper treatment for your colon, gastrointestinal or digestive tract issues. We provide a top team of gastrointestinal professionals, assistances, hemorrhoidal doctors, and anesthesia technicians. Our team will evaluate your condition using the most innovative technology and treatment plans, and we’ll keep you comfortable and safe throughout your procedure. You can rely upon our comfortable East Cobb office and friendly team of gastrointestinal specialists to care for you completely. Contact us today to schedule a service and start the process towards better gastrointestinal health.

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