GU Pediatric Urology Care Recognized Among Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Congratulations to our pediatric urologists honored among the professionals honored in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This annual recognition signifies excellence among the country’s pediatric healthcare landscape.

Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Georgia Pediatric Urology, collaborates with and provides pediatric urological services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which occupies a top-10 spot in the magazine’s Best Hospitals for Pediatric Urology category.

“The U.S. News & World Report designation is important because it tells the public we are a pediatric urology center dedicated to quality outcomes,” says Dr. Hal Scherz, a pediatric urologist and managing partner of Georgia Urology. “It gives the public a sense of reassurance that the care their children will receive from Georgia Urology is going to be as good as it can be anywhere in the country.”

Of our 45 specialty-trained physicians, the seven making up Georgia Pediatric Urology are fellowship-trained pediatric urologists with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of urological problems affecting boys and girls, from newborns to late teens. These conditions include congenital abnormalities, genitalia, pediatric urologic cancers, kidney and bladder issues, and more. Our HAWK (Help Awaiting Wet Kids) Center provides specialized care for children with wetting issues and other forms of abnormal urination.

Georgia Pediatric Urology differs in that we are a private practice, pediatric urology group. This allows us to serve through various avenues. In addition to our involvement in the children’s hospital world, we train Emory University residents and offer one of the longest-running pediatric urology fellowships in the country.

“We’ve worked very hard to put together the pieces necessary to establish a top-tier pediatric urology group,” Dr. Scherz explains. “The U.S. News & World Report designation validates all of the hard work and dedication everyone in our group has contributed. And we’re not done yet. We’re always growing, improving, expanding, and making the programs better for children who have pediatric urological problems.”

You can make an appointment with Georgia Urology and Georgia Pediatric Urology can by calling 678-284-4053 or contacting us here.

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.” 

Dr. James Elmore Featured on The Weekly Check-Up

Georgia Urology’s Dr. James Elmore appeared on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, June, 23rd. 

During his segment, Dr. Elmore spoke on his areas of urologic expertise including pediatric laparoscopy, robotic surgery, childhood renal stones, hypospadias, testicular torsion, vesicoureteral reflux, and other pediatric urology conditions.

Dr. Elmore also took questions from callers about pediatric hernias, testicular pain, and the significance of prioritizing treatment if your child has testicular torsion. He also touched on the severity of the results when it is not treated in a timely manner. 

Additionally, Dr. Elmore discussed chronic bedwetting. Georgia Urology has a support staff of physicians and nurse practitioners who exclusively manage the issue. He explains that children are typically potty trained by age three or four. Pediatric urology assistance may be necessary if your child is consistently wetting the bed by kindergarten. He also assures parents that bedwetting is an easy fix as long as the parent and child are willing to invest time and commitment to treatment.

If you missed the show, click here to listen to the whole segment.

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Froylan Gonzalez Appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

Dr. Froylan Gonzalez appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Froylan Gonzalez appeared on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, May, 12th.

Throughout his segment, Dr. Gonzalez spoke on his expertise in a wide range of men’s health conditions that include erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer. Dr. Gonzalez also took questions from callers about prostatic fluid issues, radiation cystitis, and enlarged prostates.

Additionally, Dr. Gonzalez explained the link between bladder cancer and smoking/vaping tobacco products from the harmful chemicals that accumulate in the urine.

Dr. Gonzalez states, “There is a huge connection between smoking and bladder cancer. All of those chemicals get into the bloodstream, the kidneys then filter out those chemicals that are carcinogens, and they get concentrated in the urine and sit in the bladder for hours on end. We don’t drink enough fluid or use the restroom often enough and the chemicals in the urine cause disease of the bladder.”

If you missed the show, listen here.

Georgia Urology Involved in 5th Annual Police Health and Wellness Fair

On April 24th at the Atlanta Police Headquarters downtown, the expert staff of Georgia Urology joined the 5th Annual Police Health & Wellness Fair. An array of health and wellness booths provided a variety of information and health screenings free of charge to City of Atlanta police officers, firefighters, and safety professionals. This included PSA screenings courtesy of Georgia Urology.

“The health fair events are very important,” Deputy Chief at the Atlanta Police Department, Todd Coyt, said. “A couple of years ago, since I had recently gone to the doctor, I was going to skip the health fair. But I decided to go and got my PSA checked again. They noticed a slight elevation in my PSA. My doctor said it was probably nothing to be concerned about, but they would check it out. Lo and behold, I had the early stages of prostate cancer. And because I had come to the health fair, they were able to catch it in the very early stages. That helped me get treatment and have surgery. Now I’m cancer free.”

Rudy Morgan, acting executive director of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, also said, “We at Georgia Prostate Cancer have decided that we’re going to take a corporate approach to prostate cancer screening by taking the screening to the workplace. And what a better opportunity to work with the civil servants in our community, our police, fire, and safety individuals. We hope to provide these free prostate cancer screenings to eliminate the deaths due to prostate cancer, and educate, make people aware, and hopefully prevent the effects of the late stage of prostate cancer.”


Georgia Urology physicians to treat more than 1,500 patients with the UroLift System for enlarged prostate

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, today announced that they will be surpassing the treatment of more than 1,500 patients with the UroLift® System, a proven, minimally invasive technology to treat men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. Most recently, Dr. Carl Capelouto reached his 100th case in February, Dr. Ronald Anglade performs his 150th case this month, and Dr. Lewis Kriteman will complete his 100th procedure in April. These numbers help make Georgia Urology one of the highest performing practitioners of the UroLift® System in metro Atlanta.

“The UroLift® System preserves sexual function which is important to men and their partners,” says Dr. Ronald Anglade. “Patients like that they can have the treatment done in my office, in under an hour, with local anesthesia. And best of all, they experience rapid symptom relief and return to normal routines quickly,” he adds.

Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. 

Five-year data from a randomized study shows the UroLift® System offers not only rapid improvement but also durable relief for patients with BPH. After five years, patients treated with the UroLift® System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring additional treatment for relief. A second randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift® System compares very well to the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering a more rapid recovery. 

Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.


Dr. John Stites Appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

On Sunday, March 17th, Georgia Urology physician Dr. John Stites appeared on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio for a kidney awareness month special.

During this segment, Dr. Stites provided insight into his background, as well as the pediatric surgical correction and outcome research he performed during his medical training. Dr. Stites answered questions from callers concerning a host of urological conditions, their treatment options, and the nuances of the recovery process. Dr. Stites focus on robotic surgery for prostate cancer, benign prostatic enlargement, complex kidney surgery, adrenal surgery, and kidney stones provided many insightful answers.

Dr. Stites stated, ‘It’s important to set realistic expectations before surgery and understanding that a lot of the recovery process after surgery is patient motivated and requires patience and hard work. But good outcomes are possible.”

If you missed the show, click here to listen.

Georgia Urology Pediatric Physicians Wrote Article for the American Urological Association News

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig and Dr. Andrew Kirsch were invited to write an article about the national trends and variations in the management of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) for the American Urological Association News (AUA). AUA, a premier urologic association that prioritizes the highest standard of urological clinical care through education and research, requested that Dr. Garcia-Roig and Dr. Kirsch research the management of VUR, a urological condition common amongst infants and small children in which the flow of urine goes the wrong way. According to the two GU physicians,” the pendulum has swung aggressively towards a more conservative management of vesicoureteral reflux.”

Click here to read the article.

Dr. Ronald Anglade Featured on The Weekly Check-Up

On Sunday, February 3rd, Dr. Ronald Anglade appeared on The Weekly Check-Up hosted by Bruce Feinberg on News/Talk WSB radio.

Dr. Anglade opened up the segment discussing how a couple’s difficulty in conceiving is not always a woman’s problem. Since Dr. Anglade’s specialties include men’s health, sexual dysfunction, urologic health, and male infertility, his expertise filled the conversation with expert advice. In addition, throughout the two-hour segment, Dr. Anglade discussed in detail the contribution that men’s health plays in conception and the issue of infertility.

Finally, Dr. Anglade answered questions regarding what percentage of couples have trouble conceiving, how often lifestyle issues are the culprit, which specialists to see, what treatments are most effective, and what is normal when it comes to the time spent trying to conceive. 

If you missed the show, click here to listen to the recording.

Georgia Urology Welcomes Dr. John Stites to Gwinnett County locations

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, welcomes Dr. John Stites to its Lawrenceville and Snellville locations in Gwinnett County.

“Georgia Urology is a fantastic place to practice our craft,” says Dr. Stites. “It’s well established, there’s structure and support, and there’s a vested interest on the part of the partners that you don’t have with other practices. It allows autonomy, but also provides amazing guidance when you need it.”

Dr. Stites, a fellowship-trained physician who received his Doctor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, specializes in prostate cancer, kidney stones, and robotic surgery of the kidney and prostate.

“I have the privilege of working in one of the most technologically advancing fields in our specialty,” Dr. Stites says. “Treatments are becoming less invasive with shorter recovery periods. It’s a win-win, because we’re able to do our job more efficiently with a lower complication rate, and patients reap the benefits.”

With the addition of Dr. Stites, current and future Georgia Urology patients are gaining greater access to a growing team of dedicated experts. Dr. Stites offers patients in Gwinnett County more convenient and accessible care, as well as a diverse clinical and technical experience.

Dr. Stites is actively involved in several professional organizations including the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Endourological Society. An author of numerous urological papers, Dr. Stites recently co-authored a chapter in Campbell-Walsh Urology, the field’s definitive textbook.

“Georgia Urology is a busy practice so it requires a mutual effort, work ethic, and a sense of team membership among the staff,” Dr. Stites says. “And I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing team.”