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 Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation-best bariatric surgery

A Bariatric Center of Excellence


The Medical Team

George Merriman - meet the best surgical specialists of Shreveport

George R. Merriman II, MD, FASMBS

Contact: 318.222.3132

Know Your Surgeon:
  • The most experienced Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lap Band Surgeon in the Ark-La-Tex region
  • Has performed over 3000 Bariatric cases
  • Medical Director, Christus Highland Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
  • FIRST surgeon in the entire Christus Health System to perform Robotic Bariatric Surgery
  • Recognized "Center of Excellence" by MBSAQIP
  • Recognized as a BLISCare Best in Class Surgeons
  • The first local Bariatric Surgeon certified on the DaVinci robotic operating system
  • Highly Experienced laparoscopic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery for bariatrics, gall bladder removal, hernia repair and reflux/heartburn surgical procedures.

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


Kat Waldrop- handles our Medical Weight Loss programs

Kathryn C. Waldrop PA-C

Contact: 318.222.3132, ext. 2 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kat joined our practice originally in 2015 and left for a few years for an opportunity in Dallas. She returned to our practice in 2021. She handles our Medical Weight Loss program, Lap Band Adjustments, and supports Dr. Merriman and our team in the aftercare for all our weight loss surgery patients.


MS, Physician Assistant Studies - LSUHSC-Shreveport, 2014
BS - Biology, 2011 – Louisiana Tech University


Board Certified NCCPA - 2014 to Present


Lisa Stansbury - manages Medical & non-surgical Weight Loss Services

Lisa Stansbury, MS, LDN, RD, CDE
Nutritionist & Medical Weight Loss

Contact: 318.222.3132, ext. 6 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa has worked with the practice since 2009. She handles all the Pre and Post-Operative nutrition instruction. She is also available for nutrition support appointments and she runs and manages the non-surgical, Medical Weight Loss service line in our practice.


BS, MS (1981, 1987) – Louisiana Tech University


Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
Certified Diabetes Educator
Member, American Dietetic Association
Member, American Association of Diabetes Educators


Stacy Gregory - Specialist of Body Sculpting services

Stacy Gregory, LPN
Pre-Op Coordinator & Body Sculpt Shreveport Specialist

Contact: 318.222.3132, ext. 7 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stacy joined our practice in 2008. She handles all pre-operative appointments and is our trained specialist in the Body Sculpting services of BTL Vanquish ME and BTL Cellutone.


LPN (2009) – LSU-Shreveport 
Scrub Tech (1997) – Kilgore College


Member, National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses


Kay Kay Clark-Medical Assistant at Freedom From Obesity Shreveport

Mikiya "KayKay" Clark, NRMA
Medical Assistant

Contact: 318.222.3132 ext. 3 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KayKay is available to our patients for any medical questions, prescription requests, and Pre and Post Operative concens. She joined our practice in 2018.


Northwestern State University, General Studies 2015
Louisiana Technical College, Certified Nursing Assisting 1996
American Commercial College, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Transcription 1995

*Disclaimer: All weight loss claims are due to surgery. Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program.

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