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Athens Gastrointerology Center
Athens Gastrointerology Center - Athens Endoscopy

21 Jefferson Place, Athens, GA 30601

What is GI?

What is gastroenterology or GI? Gastroenterology is a medical specialty or study dealing with digestion and the digestive system. Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas, including ulcers, tumors, inflammatory diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and ile-itis), and rectal disorders.

After five years of Internal Medicine training, GI physicians do an additional three years of training for gastroenterology (a total of 7 years training after medical school.)

What is hepatology? Hepatology is the branch of medicine that incorporates the study of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas as well as management of their disorders.

Many people are unaware that they have a GI disorder. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you may need GI specialty care. Dr. Gregory S. Smith is board certified in both gastroenterology and hepatology. Call to make an appointment for a consultation and our specialists will use Investigative Gastroenterology to solve your GI case.

What is Investigative Gastroenterology? The best way to describe Dr. Smith’s Investigative Gastroenterology is: Never giving up on the patient until the patient gives up. If anyone can get to the bottom of your digestive mystery, it’s Dr. Smith! So don’t write off your G.I. problems as a cold case or lost cause. No matter what your G.I. mystery is, stick with Dr. Gregory Smith and he will take the time to thoroughly investigate your G.I. Health until your “case” is solved.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may need GI Specialty care:

  • Chest Pain (GI-Related)
  • Coughing/ Hoarseness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Acid Reflux/ GERD
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Hiatus/Hiatal Hernia
  • Excessive Flatulence (passing gas)
  • Bloating (holding gas)
  • Change in Bowel Habits
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Blood in Stool
  • Rectal Bleeding/ Itching
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Abdominal Pain/ Cramping
  • Jaundice (Skin Turning Yellow )

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Did you know?...
The average human intestines are about 25 feet long? That's almost the length of a bus!


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Services We Offer

At Dr. Gregory S. Smith’s office, we offer a range of gastrointestinal services so you don’t need to go elsewhere for special treatments or procedures. It’s all here, under one roof. From hemorrhoid banding to Hepatitis-C treatment and endoscopic procedures, our office has everything you need to stay healthy for a lifetime.

Diagnosis We Treat or Help You Prevent Consultations
  • GI X-Press appointments available with our Mid-Level Medical Providers for established patients with active illness.

What to Expect on the Day of Your Consult:

  • Television, XM Radio, WiFi, magazines, comfortable seating, and coffee for patients in the lobby.
  • Friendly, competent, and genuinely caring staff
  • Investigative Gastroenterology (comprehensive study of your health case.)
  • In-house Lab draw (as needed and insurance. permitting), so you don’t have to go elsewhere.
  • Courtesy Radiology scheduling (as needed).
  • Procedure scheduling & Prep review (as needed).
  • Special Diet counseling (as needed).
  • Prescriptions sent to your pharmacy same-day.
  • Patient Portal & HEALOW mobile app. access to your medical summary & virtual communication.
  • Medical Summary of your visit at Check-Out
  • Pre-Payment Plans for Consults & Procedures
  • CareCredit application assistance
  • Excellent care & customer service

Motility Study & Treatments

  • BRAVO pH Monitoring
  • Breath Tests for Helicobacter Pylori
  • Impedance pH and Manometry
  • Fecal Incontinence Injection Treatment
Procedures & Treatments
(Info & Demo Videos)

Nervous About Having a Procedure? At Athens Endoscopy, LLC we offer:

  • Television, WiFi, magazines, comfortable seating, and coffee for patient’s relatives in the lobby.
  • Warm blankets
  • Comfortable beds
  • Privacy curtains
  • Peaceful spa-like environment
  • MP3 Player with tranquilizing music for our pre-op patients.
  • Conscious sedation for endoscopic procedures.
  • Juice or soda for our post-op patients.
  • Procedure Report print-out with discharge info
  • Excellent care & competent staff


Dr. Gregory S. Smith is affiliated with the following hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers:

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