Cumberland Times-News


July 21, 2011

Anthony G. Giatras [Tifton]

Tifton — TIFTON, Ga. — Dr. Anthony George Giatras, Dr. Giatras or “Dr. G” as referred to by many of his friends and colleagues, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Tifton Regional Medical Center, Tifton, Ga.

The Tift medical community lost an amazing physician and friend who was always dedicated to his patients and his profession.

Dr. Giatras was born on Dec. 7, 1959, in Cumberland; he was the son of the late Louis and Alcea (D’Ascenzo) Giatras.

Anthony graduated with honors from Bishop Walsh High School in Cumberland, and in 1977 left Cumberland to pursue his dream of helping and healing others by becoming a physician.  

Anthony graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 1981 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Psychology, and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1991. Dr. Giatras completed an Internal Medicine Internship at Rhode Island Hospital and his Neurology Residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York where he became Chief Resident. A short time later he completed a fellowship in clinical Neurophysiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In November of 1996, Dr. Giatras found his home in Tifton, Ga. During his life in Tifton, he touched many lives with his knowledge and expertise in diseases of the brain and neurological system. Dr. Giatras focused on finding new and effective ways to treat patients of all ages with seizure and other neurological disorders. He spent many long days and night at his practice, South Georgia Neurological Associates and endless hours at Tifton Regional Medical Center and other satellite locations diagnosing and treating patients with neurological disorders. He took great pride in his work and that was reflected in the care that he provided to his patients.  

Anthony also was the beneficiary of great love and friendship from the community. He grew and developed through his interactions with his patients, colleagues and friends.

Dr. Giatras was an active member of many professional affiliations and was a member of the American Academy of Neurology; Tift County Medical Society; the Georgia Neurological Society and the American College of Physicians.

Surviving Dr. Giatras in addition to his many friends, colleagues and patients are his brothers, Troy N. Giatras Esq., of Charleston, W.Va. and wife Stephanie, and L. Gino Giatras, Proprietor of Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners, in Cumberland, and Patty Sheetz, RN; two nephews, Alexander and Nicholas Giatras, of Charleston, W.Va. and an uncle, James Giatras, of Ocean City.

Friends and family were received on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Home in Tifton, Ga.

A memorial service was held in the funeral home on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 1 p.m.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. in Cumberland, where he will be buried next to his parents. Friends and family will be received immediately following this service at Curtis’ Famous Weiners, Cumberland.

Success as defined by the great Ralph Waldo Emerson is to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded. And to you our brother, uncle, nephew, friend and colleague you have done this. You have succeeded, and our world is a better place because of you.

A special thank you to Joy, Brandi and Simmy, Sheila, Jan, Sandy, Jeff, Melissa, the Jennifer’s, Michael, Maureen, and, everyone at South Georgia Neurological Associates along with the doctors, especially, Drs. Mossell, Dawson, Johnson and Patel; the nurses in the ICU and everyone at the Tift Regional Medical Center, especially William Richardson, Dr. Raymond Moreno, and Judy Shiflet, and for all the excellent care that everyone provided during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Anthony G. Giatras Scholarship Memorial, c/o Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 747, Tifton, GA 31793.

Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, ( is in charge of the local arrangements

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