Meet Our Bariatric Team
From your initial health evaluation to the day you reach your weight loss goal, we will be here for you. Our dedicated team at the Southern Regional Bariatric Center has advanced expertise in weight loss management. Our surgeons, care coordinator, dietitian, and on-site therapist all play a special role in creating our unique program.
Our devoted team has studied, trained and practiced at prestigious hospitals and bariatric departments throughout the country and will help guide you through the entire weight loss surgery process -- from completing insurance forms before surgery to creating your personalized nutritional plan.
Our experts understand this is a life-changing decision and know how to help you and your loved ones every step of the way. We offer:
Specialized Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Gorjala
Srinivasa Gorjala, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Srinivasa Gorjala is a general surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic, endocrine and bariatric surgery.
Dr. Gorjala received his MD from New Jersey Medical School and completed his surgery training at Medical College of Georgia. He started practicing general surgery in 1997.
Dr. Gorjala has brought various surgical innovations to the Southern Crescent, such as advances in thyroid and parathyroid surgery including intra-operative parathyroid localization and assays, as well as mini-invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Dr. Gorjala assisted with bringing the lap band procedure to the Southern Crescent area with a multi disciplinary approach and a complete 360 care model.
He also uses the mini-invasive "single port" technique for the lap band surgery. Lifestyles magazine named him a "Top Doc" in 2007.
Specialized Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Johnson
Shaneeta Johnson, MD
Dr. Shaneeta Johnson is a board certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.
Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Johnson is passionate about her patients and excited
to serve the South Atlanta region. She performs all major
general surgery and bariatric operations with specialization
in laparoscopic approach to surgery.
Experienced Program Coordinator
Rhonda Evans, RN, MSM, CBN, Program Coordinator
Rhonda Evans is a nurse bringing more than 20 years experience, ranging from medical surgical, trauma, critical care, emergency, and home health.
Evans' many accomplishments include starting a breast prosthetic program for a home medical equipment company in Evansville, IN.
Born and raised in the Carolinas, she and her husband relocated to Georgia in 2005.
Support Before Surgery
Before surgery, we will help you with insurance paperwork and financial options, as well as provide support groups where patients share their experiences and help each other reach their goals.
Support After Surgery
After surgery, our support groups and one-on-one nutritional counseling help to make sure that every patient has the support he or she needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.