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Dr. Steve Shirley to join Athens General & Colorectal Surgeons

Athens, Ga. – Longtime Athens general surgeon Steve Shirley, M.D., is joining Athens General and Colorectal Surgeons, part of St. Mary’s Medical Group, effective July 2, with office hours and surgery dates available in Athens and Lavonia.

Steve Shirley, M.D. Athens General Surgeons
Steve Shirley, M.D.

As the newest member of AGCS, Dr. Shirley joins Drs. Sergio Mejias, Ryan Katz, W. Andrew Lawrence, and Aaron Carr.

Dr. Shirley is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Crawford Long Medical Society, the Georgia Surgical Society, and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Shirley provides a wide range of general surgery services. As a skilled laparoscopic surgeon, he is able to use minimally invasive techniques for many procedures. Types of surgeries he performs include:

  • Breast surgery, including lumpectomy and mastectomy
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Appendix surgery
  • Stomach procedures
  • Colon surgery
  • Hemorrhoidal disease
  • Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy

Dr. Shirley is a native of Franklin County and has practiced in Athens for more than 30 years as physician owner of Northeast Georgia Surgical Consultants. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed an internship and residency at MCG from 1980 to 1985. He spent one year practicing in Elberton before moving to Athens. He is married with one daughter and two sons.

In Athens, Dr. Shirley will see patients at the AGCS main office at 740 Prince Ave., Building 2.  Dr. Shirley also will have a presence in Lavonia, providing services for the St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital community. For an appointment with Dr. Shirley at either of the AGCS locations please contact the Athens office at 706-548-5488

As part of St. Mary’s Medical Group, AGCS accepts most major insurance plans and Medicare. Please contact your insurance provider for more information regarding your specific plan requirements for a general surgery referral.

For information or to make an appointment, call 706. 548.5488 or visit

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