Surgical Specialists of Shreveport - Dr. George Merriman


Meet the Shreveport LINX® Medical Team


George R. Merriman II, MD, FASMBS

Contact: 318.222.4282

Know Your Surgeon:

  • Over 25 years of experience in advance laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery
  • Specializing in a number of surgeries including, LINX, hernia repairs, gallbladder removals and bariatric surgeries for weight loss


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


Stacy Gregory, LPN
Pre-Op Coordinator

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 2 week post operative appointments.

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

Member, National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses


Megan Ho
Patient Care Coordinator

Contact: 318.222.4282 direct • 318.222.3132 ext. 1 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Megan joined the practice in 2018 and welcomes all new patients to our practice and coordinates the many details of becoming a patient of Dr. Merriman.

BA, Louisiana Tech University, 2005


*LINX is prescribed by your physician. It is not for everyone. Please talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you. Your physician should discuss any potential benefits and limitations with you. Although many patients benefit from LINX, results may vary. Each patient experience is unique and does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response others will have to LINX. The response other individuals have to LINX could be different. For more information about the benefits and risks of LINX please visit or

The LINX® Reflux Management System is indicated for those patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who continue to have chronic GERD symptoms despite maximum medical therapy for the treatment of reflux. Rx only.

Safety and Warnings

Contraindications: Do not implant the LINX System in patients with suspected or known allergies to titanium, stainless steel, nickel or ferrous materials.

Warnings: The LINX device is considered MR Conditional in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system up to either 0.7 Tesla (0.7T) or 1.5-Tesla (1.5T), depending on the LINX model implanted. Laparoscopic placement of the LINX device is major surgery.

General Precautions: The LINX device is a long-term implant for use in patients 21 years or older. Medical management of adverse reactions may include explantation and/or replacement.

Potential Risks Associated with LINX System: dysphagia, stomach bloating, nausea, odynophagia, increased belching, decreased appetite, inability to belch or vomit, flatulence, early satiety, device erosion, device migration, infection, pain, and worsening of preoperative symptoms.


Surgical Specialists of Shreveport, LLC - 949 Olive Street - Shreveport, LA 71104

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