Dr. Charles Kaplan Participates in International Training Event

Photos of the doctors at the International Training Event

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Charles Kaplan participated in an international training event in Miami that focused on reservoir placement techniques and post-operative implant patient care. Dr. Paul Perito and his team at Perito Urology hosted many brilliant urologists from across the globe for the training event. 

Urologists in attendance included Dr. David Denis from Santiago, Chile, renowned urologist Dr. Bernardo Cisneros from Mexico City, and our own Dr. Charles Kaplan from Austell, GA. 

To learn more about Dr. Kaplan’s involvement in this event, click here.

Dr. Gonzalez Draws Upon His Family’s Own Prostate Cancer Experience to Help Others

Dr. Froylan Gonzalez has a passion for treating cancers of the urinary tract. Although it makes up approximately 85 percent of his practice, the specialty wasn’t his first choice.

Why the switch? It’s personal.

Gonzalez walked into Ohio State University College of Medicine with a game plan. The former college football player with a love for medicine wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. The idea of melding these two worlds fit nicely like a snug pair of shoulder pads. That was until he found orthopedic surgery rotations not as fulfilling as he once imagined.

In the midst of his fourth year of med school, Gonzalez received word his father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. “All of a sudden, I went into action mode, because I was the only medical person in the family,” he recalls. “I was going to come up with a plan for dad to get better.”

Gonzalez began studying prostate cancer on his own, devouring medical journals and scouring online articles. He soon learned urology surgeons were the ones tackling prostate cancer. Then he got creative.

“I was in the middle of an orthopedic surgery rotation,” he says, “and I snuck out of those rotations and into one of the urology operating rooms.”

Gonzalez watched in amazement as the surgeon removed a patient’s cancerous bladder and built a new one out of intestine. The process thrilled him. The surgeon, who happened to be the med school’s chairman of urology, was less than impressed by the intruder.

On the verge of being kicked out of the operating room, Gonzalez begged to stay and watch. The surgeon obliged, and this sparked Gonzalez’s newfound interest in urology.

Impressed by the breadth of urology, he continued crashing urology operating rooms, watching everything from kidney stone surgery to a radical prostatectomy. Gonzalez says he became the school’s “urology mascot,” reading, watching, and learning all he could. His interest in urological surgery only grew.

In tandem, Gonzalez remained in his father’s corner during prostate cancer treatment and the subsequent successful surgery, serving as a sounding board, medical interpreter, and cheerleader.

When time came to apply for his residency, Gonzalez managed to jump from orthopedics to urology. Although he had never completed a single urology rotation, his letters of recommendation served him well, and he made it into the Urologic Surgery Residency Program at the Washington University School of Medicine. While completing his residency, he was the Abrams Award recipient for Highest In-service Exam Score 2006. He then served as clinical instructor of the Division of Urology at Washington University from 2006 to 2008 with a clinical specialty in laparoscopic surgery.

Today his father is cancer free, and Dr. Gonzalez performs urology cancer surgeries among other specialties. As he advises and treats patients, Dr. Gonzalez draws from the experience of helping his dad navigate the disease, resulting in a sensitive, relatable perspective.

“A lot times it’s easier for us doctors to make decisions for our patients, because we’re not the ones facing the consequences,” Dr. Gonzalez says. “When I suggest prostate cancer treatment for my patients, I stay in line by asking myself ‘If this was my dad or myself, would I be making this same decision?’ That helps keep things more palpable, more real.”

Staff Spotlight: Jacquar Wynn

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated employees. We’re excited to highlight these wonderful medical professionals who serve our patients every day through monthly Staff Spotlights!

Two photos of Jacquar. The one on the left is her smiling at the Georgia Urology office, and the one on the right is her with her son.

This month, we’re highlighting Georgia Urology’s Front Desk Coordinator, Jacquar Wynn, who has been with us for nine months.

1. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is delivering the best customer service experience by caring for and reassuring patients that they are in good care. Ultimately, providing a wholesome, stress-free and welcoming environment. Knowing that I can put a smile on a patient’s face is magnificent!

2. Do you have any advice for people hoping to work in your field?

My advice for anyone considering entering the medical field is to be compassionate! Patients depend on our compassion and commitment to their overall well-being.

3. What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite pastime is having family gatherings at my house. I love to pull my family and friends together and fellowship. I also love interior decorating. In my spare time, I often like to re-arrange my home décor or my friend’s and family’s homes.

My son, Taurean, attends The University of Texas. He gives me a sprinkle of his time here and there. When we get together, we’ll attend Cedar Point Amusement Park and have a ball.

Staff Spotlight: Kendall Bradley

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated employees. We’re excited to highlight these wonderful medical professionals who serve our patients every day through monthly Staff Spotlights!

Photo of employee Kendall Bradley with her entire family

This month, we’re highlighting Georgia Urology Surgery Scheduler Kendall Bradley, who has been with us for more than 18 years.

1.   Do you have any advice for people hoping to work in your field?

Yes! When I started here at Georgia Urology, my grandfather gave me the instruction to never lose the appreciation for my employment as I had on that very first day. I have never forgotten that.

It has been a little over eighteen years since that day, and I am still just as appreciative today as I was then. Through the many benefits and consistency here at Georgia Urology, I have been able to achieve things such as humbly opening my first bank account to furthering my education by earning my business degree. Most recently, completing the purchase of our second home!

2.   Tell us about your family!

My husband, Micheal, and I have been married for twelve years and share four children: Dakota, Skylar, Shane, and Landyn.

3.   What are your favorite hobbies?

Most of my weekends are spent at the arenas of the West Georgia Rodeo Association where my son Landyn participates in the bull-riding events. Or I’m behind the fences of a softball field cheering on my daughter Skylar. After she successfully earning a scholarship, she’ll be heading to Auburn University soon. #WarEagle!!

Twenty-One Georgia Urology Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors

Congratulations to Georgia Urology’s twenty-one physicians who were ranked among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors! All of these professionals are recognized as Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Georgia Urology represents more than 40 percent of the physicians in the urology category and all of the physicians in the pediatric urology category come from our practice. 

Those physicians are: Drs. Roosevelt Allen, David Banks, Carl Capelouto, Darrell Carmen, Bert Chen, Walter Falconer, Allen Futral, Lawrence Goldstone, Froylan Gonzalez, Mark Haber, Charles Kaplan, Andrew Kirsch, A. Keith Levinson, Jeffrey Proctor, Joel Rosenfeld, Hal Scherz, Brent Sharpe, Fred Shessel, Edwin Smith, Shaya Taghechian, and Barry Zisholtz. These doctors represent nearly 50 percent of Georgia Urology’s practice. 

Atlanta magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York, to assist in its annual effort. This year, the publication honors 860 physicians. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process open to licensed physicians in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale counties. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers then select the Top Doctors through a rigorous screening process that includes an evaluation of educational and professional experience. 

According to Dr. Hal Scherz, managing partner of Georgia Urology, having a highly skilled and reputable staff affirms the practice’s longstanding mission.

“Curating and retaining a dream team of physicians to provide the best level of care to our patients continues to be a goal for Georgia Urology,” said Dr. Scherz, who was honored along with the rest of the doctors at the recent 2019 Atlanta magazine Top Doctors Reception at Atlanta History Center. “Receiving this type of honor is not only humbling, but confirms we’re reaching that objective.” 

Georgia Urology welcomes urologist to Glenridge and Midtown offices

Specializing in pediatric urology, Dr. Emily Blum joins forces with the Southeast’s largest urology practice

As the largest urology practice in the Southeast, Georgia Urology staffs its physician roster with passionate trailblazers. Dr. Emily Blum, the latest to join the practice, certainly fits the bill and will be serving out of the Glenridge and Midtown locations.

“Georgia Urology strives to keep a keen eye on rising stars in the field of urology,” said Dr. Mark A. Haber, Georgia Urology’s managing partner. “Having recently completed an impressive fellowship, Dr. Blum’s star is already shining brightly. Her passion and knack for surgical innovations will certainly enhance our wonderful team of pediatric urologists.”

While at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Blum continued her training with a two-year pediatric urology fellowship. During the program’s research year, Dr. Blum also was awarded a fellowship for pediatric surgical innovations. Her research projects focused on utilizing artificial intelligence to assist in analyzing radiographic studies.

Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Blum graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and received her medical doctorate cum laude from Boston University. While completing her residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Dr. Blum spent a significant amount of time working on urban farming community development campaigns in Detroit. This volunteer project also found Dr. Blum leading a team intent on revitalizing houses consumed by urban blight.

As a pediatric urology surgeon with Georgia Urology, Dr. Blum says she plans on using her medical skills to revitalize the lives of her young patients. It’s that demographic, she explains, that proves to be incredibly inspiring.

“I’m constantly impressed by the resiliency of children,” Dr. Blum said. “These kids may have one complex problem after another, but they come back to you with a smile. The most gratifying part about working for and with children is you end up with a connection.”

Connecting with patients, she adds, continues to be an essential part of Dr. Blum’s professional output. As a young girl with chronic medical issues requiring multiple surgeries, Dr. Blum spent a majority of her childhood in doctors’ offices and in hospitals. She says she found comfort in the physicians who opened both their ears and hearts.

“If it wasn’t for doctors taking the time to listen and ask how they could help, I would’ve never made it to medical school,” said Dr. Blum. “It’s why I’m at Georgia Urology today, and I can’t wait to continue paying it forward.”

Georgia Urology is the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Georgia Urology has 31 locations and six ambulatory surgery centers. The practice is comprised of more than 40 physicians, many of whom are fellowship-trained and hold advanced specialty training in oncology, laparoscopy, infertility, incontinence and pediatrics. Georgia Urology physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and advanced treatment techniques, including robot-assisted technology and minimally invasive procedures, in order to manage all urological problems in men, women and children. It is the practice’s mission to deliver the highest possible quality of care to all patients and to be the preeminent urology practice in Georgia.

Dr. Sharpe Featured as Regular Guest on WDUN’s Bill & Joel Morning Show

Dr. Brent Sharpe of Georgia Urology is a frequent guest on WDUN’s Bill & Joel Morning Show. North Georgia residents can catch the program weekdays from 5:30 – 9:00 a.m. on 550 AM or 102.9 FM. Dr. Sharpe’s spots spread awareness and information on topics such as signs of heart disease, the issues of low testosterone levels, the Polaris prostate test, prostate cancer prevention and treatment, and much more.

It is no surprise that local media turns to Dr. Sharpe as a medical resource. He has completed approximately 700 minimally invasive surgeries, making him one of Georgia’s most experienced minimally invasive urological surgeons. Currently, Dr. Sharpe is the area’s only urologist offering robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic pelvic prolapse surgery, and is Georgia’s first and only surgeon to offer outpatient robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Dr. Sharpe is also one of the first surgeons to use biological grafts to enhance the recovery of potency in prostate cancer patients.

Make sure to tune into WDUN to catch Dr. Sharpe’s regular appearances, but if you aren’t able to listen live, you can hear any of his previous interviews by clicking the links below.

Prostate Cancer

Bladder Cancer

Prolaris Test

Low Testosterone Part One

What is Urology?

Vasectomy

PSA Testing

Renal Cyst

Organ Prolapse

Male Incontinence

Kidney Stones

Pelvic Prolapse

Erectile Dysfunction

Myths of Low Testosterone

Enlarged Prostate

Signs of Heart Disease

Low Testosterone Part 2

Nocturia

Testicular Cancer

Prostate Cancer Part Two

Urolift

Kidney Cancer

Overactive Bladder

Stress Incontinence

Incontinence Following Prostate Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery Part Two

PSA Testing

Aquablation

SpeciCare

New Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

SpeciCare Part Two

Robotic Surgery Part Three

Pronox

Opioid Crisis

Prostate Cancer Part Three

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Lambda Msezane Featured In Women’s History Month Panel

April 5, 2017 (Atlanta) — Georgia Urology’s Dr. Lambda Msezane was featured in a career panel honoring Women’s History Month. The Office of Inclusion & Diversity at Marist School, Dr. Msezane’s alma mater, hosted the panel on Thursday, March 23rd, at the Ivy Street Lecture Hall. Dr. Msezane, along with two other women, discussed how they overcame the gender gap in multiple fields, including the often male-dominated urology.

Only eight percent of practicing urologists are female, according to a recent online medical poll. After conquering the largest gender disparity in the medical field, Dr. Msezane wanted to inspire other young women to not be intimidated by those statistics. In this panel, she covered what trials and tribulations she has faced during her path to becoming a urologist and overcoming the gender gap, as well as the major successes she has accomplished

“I’m often asked, ‘What made you choose Urology? I thought that only men chose that specialty.’ As we now take a stronger look at all the STEM fields of study, no one should be asking that question to a female in any line of work,” Dr. Msezane said. “We need to continue to encourage young women to pursue whatever field that interests them. The benefits of hard work, regardless of which gender produced the results, benefit all humankind. As we celebrate women’s history month, we are encouraged to know that women can do anything that suits them and excel!”

Dr. Msezane earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the coveted Princeton University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. On top of her impressive education, Dr. Msezane has also earned a plethora of awards, including the American Urology Association’s Travel Urology Award and the Schoenberg Research Scholar Award at the University of Chicago for her research on prostate, urothelial biology, and bladder cancer.

The panel provided an opportunity for students to learn about the successes of women in the workforce. Dr. Msezane encouraged other young women to follow in her footsteps in accomplishing their goals regardless of their gender.

Dr. Msezane said of the event, “I was excited by the amount of questions from young ladies asking if it was true that one can be both successful and have a family. I brought my kids with me to sit in the audience, both to see what a great school Marist is and to reaffirm that the answer is ‘Yes!’ Women can do both very well!”

To learn more about Dr. Lambda Msezane, click here. Make an appointment with Dr. Msezane today.

 

Dr. Barry Zisholtz encourages community to honor fallen police officer

Georgia Urology physician Dr. Barry Zisholtz helped treat Riverdale police Maj. Greg Barney at Southern Regional Medical Center after he was shot during a drug raid earlier this month. Now Dr. Zisholtz is encouraging the community to honor the fallen officer.
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Dr. Shaya Teghechian Speaks to Seniors on Bladder Health

Our very own Dr. Shaya Taghechian recently spoke to a group of active seniors in Cobb County about bladder health.

She began the discussion with an explanation of normal bladder function; then presented information about bladder control problems such as overactive bladder (OAB), a condition that plagues many members of the senior community. Dr. Taghechian went on to explain to the audience that there are multiple effective treatment options available beyond medications. Throughout out her talk, Dr. Taghechian made it clear that retaining and reclaiming bladder health is indeed possible.

The event’s success was evidenced by the seniors’ reactions. Her audience gave rave reviews of her presentation, rating it as “excellent” and ” very informative.”