Learn About Our Physicians and Medical Team

Surgeons You Can Rely On

 

Our board certified vascular surgeons, Dr. Eric Wellons, Dr. James, Combs, Dr. John Dooley and the rest of our team, serve the communities of Fayetteville and Newnan. They are specially trained to diagnose and treat medical conditions that affect the veins and arteries and perform all vascular and endovascular procedures. Each member of our professional, attentive medical staff holds excellent patient care as our highest priority.

 

About Our Practice

 

Our office-based vein care practice was founded for the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using phlebectomy, radiofrequency, and foam ablation. These minimally invasive procedures are performed in the office, and no hospitalization is necessary. Most of our patients are back to work and performing normal activities the next day.

 

We have a full-service vascular lab with technicians licensed in vascular testing. All venous studies are performed on-site. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most other commercial insurance plans.

Our Physicians

We are proud of the credentials and experience earned by our physicians.

Eric D. Wellons, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Eric Daniel Wellons was born on May 3, 1968, in Yokosuka, Japan. 

 

In 1987, Dr. Wellons participated in the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in Beijing, China. In the same year, he joined the Chinese program of the University of Massachusetts Exchange Program in Taichung, Taiwan.

 

In 1990, Dr. Wellons graduated from Dartmouth College. He then completed the Chinese Language Program at Middlebury College in 1992.

 

In 1995, Dr. Wellons graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. While in medical school, he also completed a Traditional Chinese Medicine externship at the Shanghai Mental Health Hospital in Shanghai, China from 1992 to 1993.

 

Dr. Wellons has also been educated in advanced trauma life support, advanced laparoscopic techniques, and vascular laboratory interpretation.

 

Newnan is home to Dr. Wellons, his wife Quynh and their twins, Sovi and Daniel.

James M. Combs, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. James Combs graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2005, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at Atlanta Medical Center.

 

Dr. Combs' passion for providing outstanding health care services for vascular patients matches the goals of Atlanta Vascular and Vein Specialists of GA. We are fortunate that we are able to bring such a fine physician to the community. Currently, Dr. Combs is seeing patients at our offices in Newnan and Fayetteville.

 

Atlanta is home to Dr. Combs, his wife Julia and their two children James and Caroline.

John Dooley, M.D.

Dr. Dooley graduated from Georgia Tech in 2005 with a degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2010. He completed his general surgery residency at Atlanta Medical Center in 2015 and his vascular surgery fellowship at Greenville Health System in 2017.

 

Dr. Dooley joined Atlanta Vascular in July 2017.  He is an asset to our practice.

 

Dr. Dooley lives in Newnan and love the outdoors and its offerings of fishing and hunting.

Vascular Ultrasound

This is a vital tool in detecting and diagnosing blood vessel problems. Ultrasound imaging exposes part of the body to high-frequency sound waves, which produce pictures of the inside of the body. In addition, this procedure is a useful way of evaluating the body’s circulatory system.

 

Once these ultrasound images are captured in real-time, the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs can be observed. The ultrasound results also show blood flowing through the blood vessels.

 

Your visit to our vascular lab will consist of a non-invasive ultrasound exam. Non-invasive means that the procedure does not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation, or anesthesia.

 

A qualified technician will start the procedure by applying a hypoallergenic water-based gel to the area that will be evaluated. Then, a small microphone-like device, which is called a “transducer,” will pass over the gel-coated area.

 

Upon the completion of the exam, the physician reviews, interprets, and dictates all the images and blood flow measurements. Afterward, a letter that explains the results will be forwarded to you and/or your referring physicians.

 

You should wear comfortable clothing to make the vascular ultrasound examination as hassle-free as possible. Take note that you may be given a covering and asked to undress from the waist up or down. Moreover, keep in mind that there is no special preparation for most exams, except for an abdominal vascular ultrasound. An abdominal vascular ultrasound exam requires patients to fast up to 6 hours before the exam.

 

For registration purposes, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Most exams take 20 to 60 minutes to complete. After the exam, you may resume normal daily activities.

 

Vascular ultrasounds are performed to:

  • Help monitor the blood flow to various organs and tissues throughout the body
  • Locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities, like plaque and help plan an effective treatment
  • Detect blood clots deep vein thrombosis-DVT in the legs or arms
  • Determine if a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty or endoluminal repair
  • Evaluate the success of procedures that involve grafting or bypassing blood vessels
  • Determine if there is an enlarged artery, which is more commonly known as an aneurysm
  • Determine the source and severity of varicose veins
  • Determine Hemodialysis Access

We appreciate your choosing Atlanta Vascular and Vein Specialists of GA for your vascular care, and we are privileged to serve you. Contact us today at 404-524-0095 to schedule an appointment.

Atlanta Vascular & Vein Specialists of GA

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