George R. Merriman II, MD, FASMBS
Know Your Surgeon:
- The first and most experienced Lap-Band AP® by Apollo EndoSurgery and Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgeon in the Ark-La-Tex region
- Has performed over 3000 Bariatric cases
- Recognized "Center of Excellence" by the Surgical Review Corporation
- The first local Bariatric Surgeon certified on the DaVinci robotic operating system
- Is also an experienced laparoscopic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, gall bladder removal and hernia repair
Dr. Merriman was born in Louisiana but grew up all over the South, including Arkansas, Texas and Alabama. After his medical training, Dr. Merriman returned to his roots in Louisiana and joined The Mason-Itzig Clinic in 1992. After Dr. Itzig retired, the practiced changed its name to Surgical Specialists of Shreveport, LLC.
He has always been interested in all things technological, fostering his early interest in laparoscopy as well as surgical robotics. He is dedicated to remaining on the "cutting edge" of knowledge and innovation in his area of surgery.
He entertains himself with his inborn love of music (he has been an accomplished drummer since the age of 12), movies (especially sci-fi and westerns), speaking (he was the national college debate champion of 1983) and the Green Bay Packers (having made several "pilgrimages" to the frozen tundra of Lambeau field). He and his wife of more than 20 years, Katy, now run the medical practice together keeping the highest standards of patient care and service as their top priority.
Dr. Merriman's well-rounded life experiences foster his commitment to treating his patients as more than their disease by following a simple philosophy — always treat people as an end unto themselves, and never as a means to an end.
M.D. (1992) - Medical School & Surgery Residency - University of Alabama Hospitals (Birmingham, AL)
B.S. Chemistry (1983) - Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Board Certified, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Fellow, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)
Recognized "Center of Excellence" by the Surgical Review Corporation
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Member, Louisiana State Medical Society
Member, Shreveport Medical Society
Former Board of Director, Shreveport Medical Society