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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Experience excellence in gastrointestinal disease treatment with GI Specialists of Georgia’s distinguished gastroenterology and hepatology services in Atlanta, GA. Our commitment to your well-being extends to our North Fulton location, a beautiful and unique setting where your digestive health takes center stage. Discover the convenience of telehealth services with our experienced team of specialists. Schedule your appointment today and embark on a path to optimal digestive wellness.

North Fulton

1357 Hembree Road
Suite 240
Roswell, GA 30076


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


The staff of Gastroenterologists at our North Fulton location include:

Dr. Akit Patel, a Specialist in Gastroenterology at GI Specialist of Georgia

Dr. Akit Patel

Name: Akit Patel, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
1357 Hembree Road, Suite 240
Roswell, GA 30076
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. Akit Patel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with additional expertise in Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, and pancreaticobiliary disease.

Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Doctorate in Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where he was also Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine before moving on to a specialization in gastroenterology. He then completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, as well as an additional fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy. He has specialized training in Advanced Endoscopy techniques including Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, tumor ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, and endoscopic suturing.

Dr. Patel has co-authored several publications and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Association.

Dr. Patel is married and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and watching movies.

Dr. Shanil Harkins - Gastroenterologist at Gi Specialists of Georgia

Dr. Shanil L. Harkins

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

Primary Location:
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.

Reliable Experts In Gastroenterology & GI Endoscopy

The importance of reliable gastroenterology and GI endoscopy experts cannot be overstated. Gastrointestinal health is intricately connected to overall well-being, and having skilled specialists in this field is essential for accurate diagnoses, effective treatments, and preventive care. Reliable experts in gastroenterology possess the knowledge and experience to identify and manage a wide range of digestive disorders, from common conditions to complex diseases. Our expertise in GI endoscopy allows for minimally invasive procedures that offer diagnostic and therapeutic benefits while minimizing patient discomfort. By entrusting your gastrointestinal health to professionals, you ensure access to the most up-to-date medical advancements and a personalized approach to your care, ultimately leading to improved outcomes and a better quality of life.

Our Colon Screening & GI Procedures in Atlanta

At GI Specialists of Georgia, our comprehensive colon cancer screening and GI procedures exemplify our commitment to digestive health. We recognize the vital role these services play in early detection, prevention, and effective management of gastrointestinal conditions. Our expert team employs state-of-the-art techniques and advanced technology to conduct colon screenings that are essential in identifying potential issues such as colon cancer and polyps. Additionally, our wide range of general and advanced GI procedures are designed to address a spectrum of digestive concerns with precision and care. Whether you require a routine colonoscopy or a more complex intervention, our goal is to ensure a seamless experience, timely results, and the highest quality of care for your digestive health.

Other Services We Offer

At GI Specialists of Georgia, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive suite of services to address all aspects of your digestive health. Here are some of the other services we offer:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Management – Our specialists are skilled in diagnosing and managing conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, offering personalized treatment plans.
  • Hepatology Services – Trust our expertise in liver-related conditions, from diagnosis to treatment and ongoing care, delivered by experienced hepatologists.
  • Colon Polyps Treatment – In addition to screenings, we offer effective treatment for colon polyps, addressing them to prevent potential complications and ensure your long-term health.
  • Anesthesia for Procedures – Our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide safe and comfortable anesthesia services for procedures, ensuring a worry-free experience.
  • Pathology Lab Services – Benefit from our pathology lab, which delivers timely diagnostic results and facilitates efficient communication with your healthcare team.
  • Imaging Services – Access to imaging services, including ultrasounds and fibro scans, for accurate diagnostic evaluations.

Schedule an Appointment With GI Specialists of Georgia

GI Specialists of Georgia is your trusted telehealth service provider for comprehensive gastro and hepatology services. Our unwavering commitment to excellence in digestive health care ensures your well-being remains our top priority. Don’t wait; prioritize your gastrointestinal health today. Contact GI Specialists of Georgia to schedule your appointment and experience the highest standard of care from the comfort of your own home. Your journey to digestive wellness starts here.

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