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Dr. Leslie Leighton

Primary Care, Internal Medicine
NE Atlanta, GA
44 years experience male

Locations

Peachtree Gastroenterology PC

ATLANTA, GA

Address

1375 HARVARD RD NE, ATLANTA, GA, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Multiplan PPO

Leslie Leighton, MD

ATLANTA

Office

NE Atlanta, GA

About

Bio

My name is Leslie Leighton. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at NYU and my fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School - Brigham and Women's Hospital. I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and have been in medical practice in Georgia for over 30 years. I also have a two Masters degrees from Georgia Tech and Emory and a PhD from Emory. I enjoy caring for patients and pride myself on very compassionate care. My wife is also in healthcare as a professor in the Geriatrics department at Emory University. My four children are also all involved in healthcare.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Florida, Georgia

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

386 Answers
91 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
No: Unlikely to be addison's with normal acth stim. Need further testing.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
IBS?: Sounds like ibs. Would start by increasing fiber in diet and then see gastroenterologist if no better.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Hard to say: Maybe your normal sensation with orgasm but if it continues would check with your gynecologist or primary care physician.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Bugle?: Pain and numbness in legs. Recommend conservative treatment and if no improvement see neurologist.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Skin lesions: Both typically benign but need to have regular skin checks of whole body by dermatologist.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Sigmoidoscopy: rectal pain can be the result of IBS but unusual. Would suggest evaluation by your doctor with rectal exam and sigmoidoscopy
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Seems unlikely but..: Would do pregnancy test anyway to be sure.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Do not recommend: Would be careful using appetite suppressants while on any anti-depressants
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Side effect: Sounds somewhat worse than usual for endoscopy. Would alert endoscopist if worsens or does not improve shortly.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Probable virus: Probably you have virus bug affecting GI tract and giving headaches and fever as well. If no improvement in 3 days see your doctor to be sure it is n... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
IBS vs. Giardia: This could be IBS but need to check for Giardia as well. Have you been traveling? Would see GI doctor soon.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not usual: Certainly can traumatize the anus by fingering but alot of bleeding is not normal. Would probably cut back on the practice of fingering for now and s... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely to be gastritis. Could be esophageal spasm or achalasia or possibly a shatzki's ring/stricture. You probably need to have an endoscop... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Should not: If Bentyl (dicyclomine) is helping your IBS-C I would continue it. It is an antispasmodic that treats underlying IBS and helps both those with consti... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Pretty low: Not zero but I would think under those circumstances would be pretty low if heterosexual sex and no reason to believe partner was in high risk group.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Probably fissure: suspect given your age is fissure at anal verge but if continues need evaluation by a gastroenterologist
A female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Could be either: Check pregnancy test if sexually active and not using protection.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
May be viral illness: Headaches with GI issues sound like you have a virus in our system. If symptoms persist would see PCP.
A male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Symptoms?: If you have symptoms of billiary colic - severe episodic pain - then you probably need to have the Gallbladder removed. If no symptoms would consider... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Be prepared for today. Everyone has a different response to cathartics.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly Fungus: Sounds like you might have vaginitis or fungal infection. Could try mycostatin (nystatin) to see if it works and if not go see your physician
A male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Probably not: Suspect the action of licking someone's feet is unrelated to your symptoms. Symptoms should resolve soon and if not see GI doctor. Would stay away f... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not normal: Bleeding is not usually the norm. Your bleeding may not represent anything serious but needs to be checked out especially if it continues with either... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Need more info: I assume you are a woman but perhaps not. If so this may be related to position in which you are having sex. If it occurs in all positions would con... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: If you take in moderation should be no problem. Antacids typically are not absorbed and pose little iatrogenc risk to pregnancy.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
It may represent soft tissue injury in the area of the injection. If so this will improve with time. If it persists for long would consult physician... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily. Side effects from the vaccine vary from person to person. Would suggest you get the booster.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Sounds like it might be a parasite like Giardia which can present with intermittent recurrent symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Would consult pediatr... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Would consult a dermatologist for evaluation of the spots and removal if feasible.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily normal but not unusual. If it persists would recommend seeing your Gyn or PCP for a pelvic exam to be sure there is not something unu... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Should resolve: would see your primary care physician if it continues for a thorough evaluation
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Unlikely: If concerned check a pregnancy test and be sure to use contraception when having intercourse
A female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Check for giardia: Intermittent symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea say to me that you need to be checked for parasites.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Postural hypotension: Not sure but I would get checked out. this could represent postural hypotension
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely to grow back that quickly but you will need to see your gynecologist for evaluation of pain. Probably due to something else beside the... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Might help: But only temporary solution and be careful not to make tear worse with volleyball which certainly could happen.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Perimenopause?: May be perimenopause or the early start of menopause. would consult with gyn or pcp who did pap smear for further instructions
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
See PCP or ENT: So many things this could be. Suggest she see her primary care provider or ENT physician.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Should be possible: It should be possible for someone to refill your medications until you get a new PCP in January. If you live in Florida healthtap should be able to f... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Can be the result of a multitude of neurologic problems beyond stroke or TIA and needs full neurologic evaluation.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
See a urologist for evaluation and treatment
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
It will stop: I am not sure what it means or what you mean by won't stop. But all ejaculation will eventually stop.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Irritable Bowel: Sounds like you may have irritable bowel syndrome.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Period: Suspect it is your period. Would check pregnancy test though.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Is she pregnant: Would check for pregnancy if that is in question and if negative see physician for evaluation.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not fatal: Dementia per se (by itself) is not usually fatal but events that accompany it maybe
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Unprotected?: unprotected from disease? does not sound like you were unprotected if on Yaz. Unless you were not taking correctly. Please clarify. If concerned a... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Hard to say: Are you sexually active? Are your periods normal? Did it occur after intercourse? Depending on these answers you may want to see your PCP or Gyn doct... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Probably unrelated: Probably unrelated to Kit Kat but I would avoid them in the future

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Feb 21, 2018
There are not enough words to describe how incredible Dr. Leighton is. He helped me tremendously with being seen urgently and really caring about what I am dealing with. On a 5 star scale? I say 10!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Leighton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Leighton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you doctor. Not only did you answer my question, you managed to identify what a was really asking. I do appreciate you taking the time to do this. Have a wonderfu...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much! I'm temporarily living in a foreign country, and it was frightening not to be able to ask anyone for medical advice. I feel very relieved now.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the advise. I knew not to take one with a stimulant, but hoping something else might be okay. Oh well! Thanks again.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1978MD

Awards

Top Gastroenterologist , First Place, Georgia - Summer
2013
Top Gastroenterologist , Second Place, Georgia - Fall
2014
Top Gastroenterologist, Third Place, Georgia - Winter
2015

Affiliations

Piedmont Hospital

Virtual Visit Ratings

4.9
427 ratings

20 top reviews

51-year-old female
Apr 16, 2022 Hazlehurst, GA
Very fast and very nice.
51-year-old female
Apr 14, 2022 Dawsonville, GA
The doc was awesome!!!!
36-year-old female
Apr 8, 2022 Ringgold, GA
Even with my microp
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