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Dr. Lyday Joins Gastroenterology Atlanta, LLC

William D. Lyday II, MD, and Harold Asher, MD, of Gastroenterology Atlanta

We are pleased to announce that William D. Lyday II, MD, has joined Harold Asher, MD, in his practice of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Dr. Asher has been a fixture in the Atlanta community providing compassionate and dedicated service to his patients. He was recently honored by Emory St. Joseph's Hospital for 50 years of excellence in care and given Emory's Medical Staff Years of Service Award on May 21, 2016. The ceremony also highlighted Dr. Asher's service to the Atlanta community.

Born and raised in south Atlanta, Dr. Asher grew up as a member of Congregation Shearith Israel and attended Emory University and Emory Medical School, graduating in 1959. His medical career includes time in the U.S. Army as the Chief of Medicine at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. He rose from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel in the service. Dr. Asher also was a resident at Tulane University in New Orleans and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and had a gastroenterology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

In 1965, Dr. Asher returned to Atlanta from Boston to work at St. Joseph's in its former downtown location. Amid the civil rights movement, Dr. Asher received referrals from white and black people.

"Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. used to send his congregants over to St. Joseph's," Dr. Asher said. "Some of them couldn't afford any care. It was an interesting period." St. Joseph's was founded in 1880 and is Atlanta's longest-serving hospital. It moved to what is now Sandy Springs in 1978 and merged with Emory in 2012.

Over the course of his 50 years with St. Joseph's, Dr. Asher has seen many changes in gastroenterology. "In 1970", he said, "Atlanta had only about eight practicing gastroenterologists". Today, the area has more than one hundred.

"I think the biggest change I have seen was the invention of the modern colonoscope," he said. "In 1969 I used to go to New York to visit Dr. Hiromi Shinya at Beth Israel Medical Center. He brought the first colonoscope into the country. I was going down there about every week to learn how to use that technique. The improvement of endoscopy equipment was also huge. More people are able to get medical care today, although it's still not where it should be."

Dr. Lyday, a North Carolina native, moved to Atlanta in 2001 following his fellowship training in gastroenterology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He joined Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates in 2001 and served as a full partner until 2012. More recently he has worked with Cancer Treatment Centers of America serving as the founding Director of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Services at the Newnan campus. He has three beautiful children and resides in the Brookhaven area.

"It is a great honor for me to join Dr. Asher and continue his great tradition of caring and serving patients in this community. We will make every effort to create services that work for our patients with better communication, education, and commitment to longterm health. I am very thankful for this opportunity to work for the people in my city and neighborhood."
Dr. Lyday

In the coming months, Gastroenterology Atlanta will be developing new services for:

  • Heartburn, Barrett's esophagus and Early Esophageal Cancer/Dysplasia
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer Care - Prevention, Prediction, and Management
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, and Celiac Sprue
  • Weight Management and Nutrition
  • Liver Disease and Prevention of Cirrhosis
  • Clinical Research

We need your support and would love to hear your thoughts on how to make these clinics work for you. Several physician-patient events are being planned to give you the opportunity to learn about each of these conditions and share ideas for improving services. With your help, we will build a medical practice that listens to you and is your friend and partner in health. Please check our community calendar for "Build This Clinic" events.

To Your Best Health,
Gastroenterology Atlanta Team

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