Special to the Citizen:

Dr. Andrew Kramer, a general surgeon at Eastside Medical in Snellville, is offering his services right here in Madison every two weeks. Kramer, 48, opened a timeshare office, located at 1550 Eatonton Highway, to do screenings and consults for other physicians’ patients in the Madison-area, in order to determine if their patients need general surgery.

“My goal is to provide the Madison community with high quality, compassionate surgical care and evaluation and follow up close to home,” said Kramer.

“In speaking to some of my medical colleagues in Madison, it became apparent that there was a lack of general surgery availability in the community,” explained Kramer. “I visited the town and found it to be vibrant and charming, and felt if I could offer surgical evaluation locally in Madison it would allow patients there to avoid making multiple long trips to be evaluated for surgical issues.”

Kramer, originally from Washington D.C., moved to Georgia in 2006, seeking a small town close to Atlanta with good educational opportunities for his children. Kramer also sought out small-town living to make a positive difference.

“My practice experience has largely been serving small town communities. I like practicing in that environment because you get to know the patients’ and community well,” said Kramer. “Also, as these areas are often underserved by surgical specialists, I feel I am able to have a bigger impact on these communities.”

Kramer specializes in a myriad of conditions, handling everything from “thyroid to hemorrhoid.” Kramer currently treats conditions such as gallbladder disease, gallstones, abdominal hernias, breast masses, breast cancer, skin lesions, skin cancer, thyroid masses (goiters), intestinal bowel disease, colon cancers and hemorrhoids.

Kramer started his career as an EMT and paramedic in Maryland. He studied at the University of Maryland, graduating Cum Laude. Kramer studied abroad for a year at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He returned to the University of Maryland College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency and research fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Kramer has also served in the Army Reserve as a Medical Officer for 20 years. He is currently Lieutenant Colonel.

He was deployed twice in service of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. He worked as chief of surgery at Eastside Medical Center from 2010 to 2013. He has received an award from VITALS as Patient’s choice award and for Most Compassionate Surgeon in 2012 and 2013.

To make an appointment with Dr. Kramer, call: 770-972-7999.