MOULTRIE — Dr. George Yared first came to the United States from Lebanon to complete his education. A recruiter who helped him find employment after completing his degree brought him down to Moultrie, and he has enjoyed being here.

Yared said he was born and raised in Zahleh, Lebanon, a small town that he said is the only predominantly Christian city in the Middle East. In 1973, his whole family was kicked out of its home on the outskirts of the town during the civil war and moved closer into the town.

Yared lived with his family in Zahleh until 1981 when he began his education at the American University in Beirut, he said. He began attending medical school to become a gastroenterologist in 1986 and graduated magna cum laude in 1991, getting married a week before graduation. After graduating, he had the choice to either continue his education in the United States or stay in Lebanon.

In 1990, Yared began to apply for post-graduate scholarships at American universities and was accepted to Duke University, Emory University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He chose to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Yared said he finished his education and completed fellowships in Detroit and Cleveland before he began searching for an office to practice. A job recruiter in the area told him about a chance to start his own practice in Moultrie, and he fell in love with the area on his first visit. It was also his only opportunity to form a practice on his own.

“I couldn’t have picked a better place in the world,” Yared said. “It was the best decision of my life. I saw myself coming here, and it just felt right.”

Sharing office space at Dr. D.L. McGregor’s office on South Main Street, Yared said he opened the doors to his business on Dec. 12, 1998. He saw six patients that day and has become a very popular doctor in Moultrie since then.

“I want to live my life in a place where I’m known and appreciated,” Yared said. “Here in Moultrie, people say ‘you’re my doctor’ to me.”

Yared said he was interested in gastroenterology because it is a great specialty with a lot of technical know-how required. The field gives him the chance to use a lot of advanced technology, some of which has come about since he opened his business in 1998. There is also a lot of internal know-how needed when dealing with the gastrointestinal area.

“I’m always facing new things,” Yared said. “I never see the same thing each day. It’s a lot of fun, and I enjoy it.”

Moultrie has given Yared the chance to be in a place that has everything he has ever wanted, he said. He is proud to live in a community where everyone knows each other and is very friendly, and it is a good community to raise his three children, two of whom have graduated from Colquitt County High School.

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