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David Carlson Whitehead M.D.

David Carlson Whitehead, M.D.

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Language Spoken: English
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    Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Gastroenterology

    2500 Starling Street
    Ste. 506
    Brunswick, GA 31520
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Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine


David C. Whitehead, M.D., is a board-certified internal medicine physician and gastroenterologist at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Gastroenterology. He sees patients in Brunswick and St. Marys, Georgia. An experienced and compassionate physician, he treats abdominal pain, diseases of the liver, bile duct and pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon and small bowel problems.

His specialized training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract also allows him to perform advanced interventions such as: ERCP (bile duct and gallstone/pancreatic cancer procedures); permanent and temporary esophageal, colon, bile duct, pancreatic and small bowel stents; colonoscopy; upper and capsule endoscopy; endoscopic imaging studies of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas; and hemorrhoid therapies. Dr. Whitehead was the first physician to perform an endoscopic hemorrhoid ligation at the Health System in 2005.

Dr. Whitehead received his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and completed his medical degree and residency at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. Simultaneously with his medical degree, he also obtained his master’s degree in public health and tropical medicine at Tulane University. Before returning to his home state of Georgia, he completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and liver disease at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Whitehead was raised in a medical family, so it wasn’t any surprise that he and his brother both followed in their father and grandfather footsteps, becoming gastroenterologists in Georgia. Additionally, his mother is a nurse, and he credits her for instilling in him a compassion for patients and a desire to help others. Dr. Whitehead has lived in Brunswick for over 14 years, and during that time, he obtained his fellowship with the American Gastroenterological Association. When Dr. Whitehead isn’t practicing medicine, he enjoys donating his time and resources to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, helping to treat sick and injured turtles.

Dr. Whitehead, along with all of our Gastroenterology physicians, is a dedicated proceduralist who focuses on addressing patient concerns with compassion and sensitivity.

Hospital Privileges

Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus

Southeast Georgia Health System-Camden Campus


The University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA


Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, LA


Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, LA


Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, LA


University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis, TN

Healthy Partners Articles

A Lifesaving Lesson

Article in Healthy Partners Winter 2020 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Winter 2020

Put off by the preparation process, Linda Foster avoided having a colonoscopy until age 73. That’s a good 20 years past the age recommended for this important screening. It’s a good thing Dr. Whitehead convinced Ms. Foster to have a colonoscopy — the procedure revealed a large cancerous growth in her colon, even though she had only experienced pain for about three months.

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