Dr. Leslie Leighton

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

Locations

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Address

25 Park Place Room 2024, Atlanta, GA, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Multiplan PPO

Leslie Leighton, MD

ATLANTA

Office

NE Atlanta, GA

About

Bio

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 Masters degree in History from Georgia Tech and one from Emory and a PhD in American Studies from Emory. I split my time between patient care and teaching. 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 all involved in healthcare.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

618 Answers
136 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes bu in moderation: Has bismuth so in small does should be ok unless you are at risk for premature labor than would avoid altogether.
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A female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not: Stomach pain probably unrelated to pregnancy. If you miss your period would get pregnancy test.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Gallbladder: not at all unusual. Take something mild like fleets enema or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to get bowels going. Consult surgeon if no improve... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Should be fine: You can really start bcp anyttime. Typically you want to have period first but should be fine. You might better ask Ob that delivered your baby.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Low: Condom should reduce risk of male to female spread of herpes type 2
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Needs to be seen: If it persists will need to be evaluated by a doctor. Suggest either colo-rectal surgeon, or gastroenterologist
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See Doctor: If these symptoms and issues continue you will need to see a physician for an examination and blood work. Could be an electrolyte issue or something ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Very unlikely: Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) are all better for acid reflux.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
IBS: Sounds like you have irritable bowel syndrome, possibly with GERD as well. Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec over the counter may help reflux/GERD. Wo... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: always take on empty stomach and 30 minutes should be more than enough time.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Should be: These issues could make it a bit uncomfortable to lay on your stomach but you should not be experiencing much pain. would discuss with your GI doctor... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not necessarily: Seems unlikely based on the information you provided but if concerned do home pregnancy test
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Turn heat down: May have virus causing symptoms or there may be something else going on causing heat intolerance. If you still have symptoms after turning heat down ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: This can occur if you are not very sexually active and have vaginal dryness and if intercourse was somewhat traumatic. Would suggest regular post-men... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
One can: I would not be too concerned about this unless your future menstrual periods are erratic. If that's the case I would see your gynecologist.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Diabetes: Diabetes is a difficult disease and really needs to be treated and cared for in an in person relationship. I would suggest you see a diabetologist or... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
I would consider the addition of lactulose to your regimen. A safe syrup type medicine that stays in the GI tract and helps move things along. Could... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Villus adenoma: It is a polyp typically and needs to be addressed. Unusual location so that is probably why the doctor is puzzled. You will need to see a colorectal... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See skin doctor: Probably an inflammatory nodule but need to see a dermatologist as soon as convenient to be sure.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Unlikely to be cancer. Much more likely to be an infection or inflammation of the breast and can be treated. Would see your PCP or gyn for examinati... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Unlikely to be related. Might try a two week course of Nexium over the counter to see if it helps and if not please see a gastroenterologist for furt... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Would not stop. Would consult our urgent care clinic for refill until you are seen by your new OB or contact your new OB for a refill.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Active till negative: Sorry to hear. If his test is positive he has the virus and has it until a test comes back negative or sometimes two tests come back negative.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Seems unlikely: But would do a pregnancy test. If the pregnancy test is negative I would wait to see what your next. Is like. Continue your birth control and schedule... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Stop Tea: Try avoiding the tea and see if diarrhea resolves. It may be related to the tea as tea can sometimes be a cathartic. If it persists see a GI doctor.... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Symptoms and + test: If you have symptoms of the virus and your covid 19 test comes back positive you have covid 19.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Congratulations!: Make sure she sees an obstetrician soon for pre-natal care.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Are you taking any medications that might affect your ability to perform? If so that might be the cause. If not would see your PCP for evaluation an... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes. Has diuretic effect and can be cathartic on bowel.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Heartburn: Most common symptom of reflux. Rarely get trouble swallowing
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Fluid or Fat: Needs to have ultrasound of belly if this is new.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No definite time: With total TPN you can live indefinitely if blood levels and nutritional status is maintained.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See a doctor : This needs medical attention if it continues.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Do not pop: Apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) and allow it to heal on its own. Popping it risks superinfection of the wound.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Nausea: Maybe unrelated but if persists would get checked. Any chance you could be pregnant? Have you missed your period?
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A female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: Never heard of hh as abbreviation for it but every doctor may use terms differently.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See cardiologist: Probably nothing but with your symptoms and the findings on ekg would be sure by seeing a board certified cardiologist for further evaluation.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Nausea, vomiting: Usually morning sickness with nausea and vomiting. Abdominal swelling and missed period.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See MD if continues: This may not be related to unprotected sex and probably represents a virus or intestinal bug. Would drink plenty of fluids if you can and if you cann... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See your MD: May be a rectal fissure or hemorrhoid but this needs evaluation by a physcian.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not lactose intol: Your symptoms are not those of lactose intolerance although you could be lactose intolerant if you have other symptoms - diarrhea, bloating, weight lo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Need more info: Need to know more about the pain, its duration, what makes it worse, what makes it better, information about your bowels, weight, symptoms at night, e... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Need more informatio: could be anything and could be nothing. Would need more information about your symptoms
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See a dermatologist: no clue to what they are. Would need to see so recommend you go see FP or Dermatologist
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Variable: Could be one full cycle or longer.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Prefer ducolax: Strong but less harmful to you.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Gatorade: That is the standard but anything clear is fine - ginger ale, sprite are also good.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not unusual: The sigmoid colon acts to solidify and compact stool so what you are seeing first probably comes from that area of the colon. What is up higher may n... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Are you nauseated?: Not sure what to make of this question. Are you asking is it possible for him to notice it or are you asking is it possible to develop nausea with in... Read More
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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 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

Georgia State University
Piedmont Hospital

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