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Our Atlanta Physicians Are Experts in Gastroenterology

GI Specialists of Georgia’s board-certified physicians also have sub-specialties in gastroenterology in the areas of hepatology, esophageal motility studies and advanced endoscopy. In addition, we offer clinical research trials in IBD, hepatology, gastroparesis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Our providers are committed to delivering the highest quality level of care in a professional, supportive and educational environment. We leverage both current technology and scientific research to diagnose and treat digestive disorders, including those cases with a higher level of complexity.

Our physicians are recognized within the Northwest Atlanta community as experts in the fields of gastroenterology, colonoscopy, and endoscopy. Outside of our community, we present research data at medical conferences throughout the United States and are consistently quoted in both leading national publications and medical journals.

Physicians

If you’re a new patient, we encourage you to take a moment and familiarize yourself with these friendly faces you’re likely to encounter here and then contact us to schedule your next appointment.

Dr. Sohail Asfandiyar

Name: Sohail Asfandiyar, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
118 Mill Street, Suite 110
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Sohail Asfandiyar is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been practicing since 2005.

Dr. Asfandiyar completed Medical School at Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He completed both his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Asfandiyar has co-authored several publications and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Medical Association, and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America.

Dr. Arif A. Aziz

Name: Arif Aziz, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Arif Aziz is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 1996.

Dr. Aziz received his Medical Degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. He completed internships in General Surgery, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine at the Civil Hospital Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan. He also completed an Internal Medicine residency at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed both a residency and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Aziz has, over his career held many leadership position which include, Chief of Gastroenterology at VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, Chief, Section of Gastroenterology Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, WV, Chief of Section of Gastroenterology, Kennestone Hospital, Chair Department of Medicine, Kennestone Hospital, President of Medical Staff, Kennestone Hospital, Chair of Board of Managers of WellStar IPA and Chair of Board of Managers of WellStar Clinical Partners. He was named WellStar Health System’s Physician of the Year for 2015.

Dr. Francisco Cardenas

Name: Francisco Cardenas, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
4441 Atlanta Rd, SE
Suite 204
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: 678-741-5000

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Dr. Francisco Cardenas is Board Certified in Gastroenterology in both the United States and Mexico. He has been in practice since 1981. He has a special interest in IBD, IBS, and Esophageal Disorders.

Dr. Cardenas received his Medical Degree with honors from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, Mexico. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Illinois Medical Center, West Side VA Hospital, and Lutheran General Hospital.

Dr. Cardenas has co-authored several publications and is a member of the American College of Physicians, Cobb County Medical Society, Georgia Gastroenterological Society, Atlanta Gut Club, Cobb County Medical Society, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Anish Desai

Dr. Anish A. Desai

Name: Anish Desai, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
6002 Professional Parkway, Suite 200
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA – President Elect, Chairman of the Credentialing Committee, have also served as Chairman on both the Quality Review and Department of Medicine
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Anish Desai is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 2004.

Dr. Desai received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Genetics & Zoology and his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Following his internship and residency, he completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Desai has received the Excellence in Leadership Award from WellStar Health Systems for his numerous contributions. He is co-author of several publications and is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Desai is marred with 2 children and enjoys spending time with his family.

Dr. Kunjal Gandhi

Dr. Kunjal Gandhi

Name: Kunjal Gandhi, M.D.
Gender: Female

Primary Location:
6002 Professional Parkway, Suite 200
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Kunjal Gandhi is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Gandhi then completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis) and was awarded a fellowship for additional IBD training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Gandhi is a member of the American Medical Association, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American Fellows.

She is married and resides in Atlanta.

Dr. Karim Gani

Dr. Karim Gani

Name: Karim Gani, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
13 Reinhardt College Parkway, Suite 200
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • Northside Cherokee Hospital, Canton, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Karim Gani is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 1999.

Dr. Gani received his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Tirunelveli Medical College in Tirunelveli, India. He completed his Doctor of Medicine, post graduate & Chief Medical Residency at the Madurai Medical College in Madurai, India. He completed a Research Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and Fellowships in both Gastroenterology and Therapeutic Endoscopy at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.

He has earned the National Merit Scholarship award for Academic Excellence in both Medical School and Undergraduate College. He has published several publications and is a member of the Richmond County Medical Society, The American Society of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Suku George

Dr. Suku George

Name: Suku George, M.D., MPH, FACP, FACG
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Marietta Office
711 Canton Road, 3rd Floor
Marietta, GA 30060

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA – Served as Vice Chair, Department of Medicine from 2011-2013, Served as Chair, Department of Medicine from 2013-2015.
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Sub Specialty: Advanced Endoscopy Procedures
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Suku George is Board Certified in Gastroenterology with additional expertise in Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, and GI cancers. He has been in practice since 2000.

Dr. George received his Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill specializing in health policy, Research and Administration. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College Trivandrum, University of Kerala Trivandrum in Kerala, India. He then completed his Internal Medicine residencies at the Medical College Trivandrum, New York Medical College/Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and Wright State University. Following his residencies he completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Florida and an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at GI Consultants in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. George has co-authored over 25 publications and has held several academic appointments at University of Iowa College of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and currently holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical professor, Medical College of Georgia/Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. George is married with 2 children.

Dr. Sachin Goel

Dr. Sachin Goel

Name: Sachin Goel, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA – Medical Director, Pancreas Hepatobiliary Malignancy Program. Serves on the WellStar Health Systems Co-Management Committee for Advanced Endoscopy.
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Sub Specialty: Advanced Endoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Sachin Goel M.D. is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 2000.

Dr. Goel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Goel has co-authored several publications. Dr. Goel was awarded one of Atlanta’s Magazine “Top Doctors” in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016. He has also earned several honors and awards to include, Outstanding Teacher Award, Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarly Activity, Roerig Prize, Young Investigator Presentation and Scholar program, and Dean’s List. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Goel is married with two children. His hobbies are photography and music.

Dr. Michael J. Grupka

Dr. Michael J. Grupka

Name: Michael J. Grupka, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 200
Hiram, GA 30141
Phone: 678-741-5000
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, GA
  • WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA – Inpatient and Outpatient Digestive Service Line Leader, serves on the Medical Executive Committee as well as the Surgical Operations Committee

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Subspecialty: Hepatology

Dr. Michael Grupka is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has been in practice since 2008.

Dr. Grupka received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in General Biology. He went on to earn his Medical Degree from St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Following his internship and residency, he completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, where he served as Chief Fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Grupka has earned honors and awards including Dean’s List, Chancellor’s list, Lota Epsilon Alpha Honor Society and Presidential Poster of Distinction. He is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association.

Dr. Grupka is married with 1 child. He enjoys ultimate sports, swimming with his son, running, golf, skiing, hiking, crossword, and reading.

Dr. Shanil L. Harkins

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

Primary Location:
3747 Roswell Rd, NE
Suite 314
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, 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.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Kim

Dr. Jeffrey L. Kim

Name: Jeffrey Kim, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
118 Mill Street, Suite 110
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Jeffrey Kim is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 2005.

Dr. Kim received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Hospital in Newark, NJ. He went on to complete his Gastroenterology Fellowship at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Kim has co-authored several publications and received several rewards that include Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Psychiatry, and North American Conference of Gastroenterology Fellows. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently the Section Head of the GI Department at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital as well as the Chair of the Medical Care Evaluation Committee.

Dr. Ross A. Kommor

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

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, 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.

Dr. Subodh K. Lal

Name: Subodh K. Lal, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
4441 Atlanta Rd, SE
Suite 204
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Subodh Lal has been practicing medicine since 2000. In addition to general gastrointestinal disorders, Dr. Lal has a special interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as pancreaticobiliary medicine, which deals with the treatment of diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He also enjoys performing ECRP, or Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram, an endoscopic procedure that allows physicians to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts.

Dr. Lal completed a combined BA/MD program at Boston University School of Liberal Arts and Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at McGaw Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.

Dr. Lal is a member of several groups and organizations, including the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is accepting new patients and is pleased to offer first-class care at the new Smyrna facility.

Dr. Anuj P. Manocha

Dr. Anuj P. Manocha

Name: Anuj Paul Manocha, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
6002 Professional Parkway, Suite 200
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Anuj Paul Manocha is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been practicing since 1998.

Dr. Manocha received his Bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL and then completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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

Dr. Madhuri Meka

Name: Madhuri Meka, M.D.
Gender: Female

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Madhuri Meka is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. She has been in practice since 2009.

Dr. Meka received her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam, India. She completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to complete her Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC and Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Dr. Meka is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.

Dr. Judy Oh

Name: Judy Oh, M.D.
Gender: Female

Primary Location:
148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 200
Hiram, GA 30141
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Sub Specialty: Hepatitis C, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and women’s Digestive Health Issues
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Judy Oh is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and has been in practice since 2007.

Dr. Oh received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York, NY. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Medicine from the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. She completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Medical College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. She then completed her Gastroenterology Fellowship at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Oh is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Priti Pandya

Name: Priti Pandya, M.D.
Gender: Female

Primary Location:
4441 Atlanta Rd, SE
Suite 204
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Priti Pandya is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. She has been in practice since 1995.

Dr. Pandya received her MBBS Degree of Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Jaipur, Rajasthan India. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and internship at the Catholic Health Partners/ St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. She completed her Gastroenterology Fellowships at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.

She is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology, Chicago Gastroenterology Society and American Medical Association.

Dr. Akit Patel

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

Primary Location:
6002 Professional Parkway
Suite 200
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, 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. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani

Dr. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani

Name: Raja R. Sappati Biyyani, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
4550 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 210-B
Acworth, GA 30101
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Sub Specialty: Advanced Endoscopy Procedures
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He has been in practice since 2013, joining GI Specialists of Georgia in 2015.

Dr. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani received his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College in Gulbarga, Karnataka India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at North Eastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Canton, Ohio and completed his Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where he also served as Chief Fellow. He completed an additional fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at University Hospital, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with Augusta University. He has earned numerous awards and honors in Educational, Administrative and Leadership Excellence, as well as Teaching and Research Excellence. He has co-authored several publications and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Raja R. Sappati Biyyani is married, with two children. He likes to spend his free time with his family and traveling.

Dr. Ritesh Shah

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

Primary Location:
3747 Roswell Rd, NE
Suite 314
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

  • WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
  • WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, 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. Following his residency, he completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Shah has co-authored several publications and earned honors including, Internal Medicine Resident of the Year, Anderson Scholar, Dean’s List, Golden Key National Honors and Phi Beta Kappa Junior Inductees. Dr. Shah is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Aasim M. Sheikh

Name: Aasim Sheikh, M.D.
Gender: Male

Primary Location:
711 Canton Road, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 678-741-5000

Staff Appointments/Hospital Affiliations:

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

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Sub Specialty: Hepatology, Research
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Dr. Aasim Sheikh is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 1998.

Dr. Sheikh received his Medical Degree from Aga Khan University Medicine College in Karachi, Pakistan. His initial fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology was completed at State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. He then completed his Advanced Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Westchester County Medical Center, New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

Dr. Sheikh has co-authored several publications and book chapters in regards to liver disease. He has earned numerous honors and awards including Junior Clerkship Honors in Internal Medicine, General Surgery & Psychiatry. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Gastroenterological Association, The American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, and the European Association for Study of the Liver. He is the current Director of the Clinical Research Department for GI Specialists of Georgia.

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