Dr. Barry Zisholtz Appeared as a Guest on WSB’s The Weekly Check-Up

On Sunday, October 28th, Dr. Barry Zisholtz of Georgia Urology joined “The Weekly Check-Up” radio show on WSB, alongside host, Dr. Bruce Feinberg. This episode’s focus was unique to the show’s typical healthcare conversation and emphasized the power of healing and helping our children understand the world around them.

Dr. Zisholtz discussed an article he wrote that touches on the importance of educating young men about the changes they will face during puberty. He urged parents to have these discussions before puberty begins so their sons could be more prepared for the changes to come. Dr. Zisholtz also stated how the Me Too Movement should prompt parents to instill values of consent and respect in their sons as early as possible.  

Dr. Zisholtz also took questions from callers inquiring about ureteral stents, prostate cancer screenings and treatment procedures, and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

If you missed the show, click here to listen.

Georgia Urology Donates Ultrasound Machines to Medical Mission Trip to Haiti

Randy Moore of Lawrenceville had a problem. In April, just a month before embarking on a medical mission trip to Haiti, he needed a pair of ultrasound machines to send abroad.

Moore, a home infusion nurse who’s taken more than 100 mission trips to Haiti, knows the great need for the equipment in that country. According to the CIA World Factbook, Haiti has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. In 2017, there were nearly 47 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in Haiti.

“Haiti has such profound poverty, you can’t imagine it unless you’ve see it,” said Moore. “Well over 50 percent of the people in that country wake up each day not knowing if they’re going to have anything to eat. That contributes to infant mortality, too.”

Moore reached out to longtime friend Jason Shelnutt, CEO of Georgia Urology, asking if the practice had any extra ultrasound machines. Moore was in luck.

“Jason sent me a text saying that he found two machines in the Georgia Urology warehouse that we were welcome to have,” Moore recalled.

Working directly with the Sarepta International Foundation, a Haitian non-profit, Moore helps improve resources and train staff at the 42-bed Cap Haitien Hospital in Cap Haitien and Clinic Saint Bertin in the remote village of Tibouk. He knew having ultrasounds at these locations would be a game changer.

“Anything we can do to identify a complication prior to delivery is huge,” said Moore. “These ultrasounds will allow that.”

Moore made his first trip to Haiti in 2009 when he joined a group of friends as part of a medical mission team. He said he instantly fell in love with the country and began making repeat trips.

He typically escorts surgical and medical teams, and trains Haitian hospital staff and clinicians how to perform tasks in order to become self sufficient. “My mantra has always been I want to help Haitians help Haitians,” Moore explained. “The goal is for these hospitals and clinics to become completely independent.”

After the installation and implementation of the Georgia Urology ultrasound machines in Haiti, Moore will be one step closer to his goal. In the future, he hopes to organize a medical mission team made up of Georgia Urology physicians to help train Haitian doctors.

“Mother Theresa once said, ‘Sometimes our efforts feel like a drop in the ocean, but what would that ocean be like without the drop?,’” Moore explained. “Sometimes you feel like that working with Haiti. There’s every problem you could imagine, whether it’s corruption, poverty or poor education. But thanks to Georgia Urology, these two ultrasounds will make a big difference in a lot of people’s lives.”

 

 

What Advances Have Been Made in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer?

By Dr. Barry Zisholtz, M.D., F.A.C.S

Featured in Atlanta Magazine

What medical advances have been made with Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common solid organ cancer in men. Last year there were 164,690 new cases, and 29,430 deaths related to prostate cancer. While the incidence varies in different countries, genetic makeup, diet, and exposure to carcinogens contribute to the development of the disease. White males over fifty have a higher likelihood of developing the disease, and black males more frequently develop a more aggressive type of prostate cancer.

The good news is that there are new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

There are a significant number of men with an elevated prostate-specific antigen blood test who undergo expensive and invasive testing looking for prostate cancer. Many of them don’t have the disease. Recently there have been breakthrough developments of new genetic markers and more efficient diagnostic testing that can help determine whether or not a biopsy is needed. These tests may involve the collection of blood and urine and even an MRI of the gland.

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for prostate cancer patients depending upon the aggressiveness and stage of the disease. These include, removing the prostate with a minimally invasive incision or a robotic procedure; radiation with or without seed implantation, cryosurgery (an outpatient technique that freezes the prostate gland); and HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound, which destroys the cancerous tissue with ultrasound waves). In some cases with a very slow growing tumor, the patient may elect to do active surveillance where he is monitored at regular intervals.

If you want to learn more about the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, contact the experts at Georgia Urology. 

Dr. Warren Oberle Featured on Atlanta Business Chronicle Discussing Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendations

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Warren Todd Oberle was recently published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In his article, Dr. Oberle tackles the latest updates on prostate cancer screening recommendations and offers his expert opinion to those questioning at what age should they receive one.

To read the full article, click here.

Georgia Urology’s Midtown Office has moved its location

On September 17, Georgia Urology’s Midtown office moved its location to 1110 West Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1020, Atlanta, Ga 30309. Georgia Urology’s Dr. Walter FalconerDr. Emerson HarrisonDr. Emily Blum, Dr. Barry Zisholtz, and Dr. Paul Sherlag be seeing patients at this location.

In addition to comprehensive general urological care, the doctors at Georgia Urology’s Midtown office offer specialized and state-of-the-art treatment options for symptoms and issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, elevated PSA, prostate cancer, kidney stones, men’s sexual and reproductive health, and overactive bladder. Both English and Spanish languages are spoken at the office.

If you would like to schedule an appointment at the Midtown office with either Dr. Falconer, Dr. Harrison, or Dr. Blum, call (404) 222-0292.

Georgia Urology hosts free Men’s Health seminars this fall

Join the physicians of Georgia Urology as they host a series of seven free Men’s Health seminars throughout the metro-Atlanta area this September and October.

We’ll be visiting local communities and discussing the latest treatment options available for erectile dysfunction and bladder leakage. We recommend that anyone who is seeking information on these conditions come out and learn more! Free refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP today.

 

9/13/18 @ 6:30 pm

Lobby at Northside/Towne Lake Outpatient Surgery Center900 Towne Lake Parkway
Suite 208
Woodstock, GA 30189

Carl Capelouto, MD

9/20/18 @ 6:30pm

Pinckneyville Community Room
4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Berkeley Lake, GA 30096

Ronald Anglade, MD

9/26/18 @ 5:30pm

The Centre at Arbor Connection
7475 Douglas Blvd.
Douglasville, GA 30135

Charles Kaplan, MD

9/27/18 @ 6:30pm

NGMC Braselton/Education Room
1400 River Place
Braselton, GA 30517

Brent Sharpe, MD

10/2/18 @ 6:30pm

Hammond Park/Activity Building
6005 Glenridge Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Lawrence Goldstone, MD

10/4/18 @ 6:30pm

Southern Regional/MC Education Room A
11 Upper Riverdale Rd
Riverdale, GA 30274

Darrell Carmen, MD

10/16/18 @ 6:30pm

Cottage at Lost Corner Preserve
7300 Brandon Mill Rd NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Kristi Hebert, MD

Former NFL Falcons Quarterback DJ Shockley Delivers Important Kidney Stone Message for Georgia Urology

Georgia Urology is proud to announce a partnership with former NFL Falcons Quarterback, DJ Shockley, as a part of our summer kidney stone awareness campaign.

A native Atlantan, Shockley became a first-team All-SEC Quarterback at the University of Georgia before joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2006, and playing for the team for five years. Understanding the importance of team, DJ speaks to the importance of having a stellar team of board-certified specialists who can treat kidney stones quickly and efficiently during spots airing on WSB this summer.

 

If you have ever suffered from a kidney stone, you know that waiting to see the doctor is simply not an option. If you have a kidney stone and need help fast, call Georgia Urology’s Kidney Stone Hotline at 1-855 Stone11. You can contact us any time—day or night—and receive an appointment within 24 business hours.

Dr. Kirsch’s Patient Featured on Fox 5 in Inspiring Story of Prune Belly Survival

Headshot of Prune Belly patient Miller at Georgia Urology office.

Soon after birth, Miller Jolliff of Gadsden, Alabama was diagnosed with Prune Belly Syndrome, a condition in which the infant is born with a lack of or the complete absence of stomach muscles.

Dr. Andrew Kirsch of Georgia Urology describes the condition: “The abdomen is not open, but as you can imagine, if there was only skin over your organs, you would be able to see through and see your intestines, and that’s how it got its name Prune Belly Syndrome almost 200 years ago.” The condition affects primarily male infants.

Miller’s mother, Erin Jolliff, discovered her son’s condition while on a routine ultrasound check-up at the 20-week mark of pregnancy.

“You could tell right away, on the screen, there was a big black hole on his belly. His belly was bigger than his head, and it was shocking to see because you know something’s wrong,” Erin recalls.

Miller’s developing bladder was becoming blocked and inflated. The doctor informed Erin and her husband that there was a 25% chance that Miller would not survive the remainder of the pregnancy. They were even given the option of considering termination, however, they decided to continue with the pregnancy, and closely monitored Miller’s developing kidneys, bladder, and heart.

At the age of six and nine months, Dr. Kirsch of Georgia Urology performed Miller’s first two surgeries to descend his testicles, which were tied up in his abdomenone of many complications of Prune Belly Syndrome. At three years old, Miller was back on the operating table for an abdominal reconstruction, a procedure that would enable him to use the restroom, sit up, and breathe easier.

Todayat only ten years oldMiller has undergone more surgical operations than most of us will ever have in our lifetime, but incredibly, the fifth grader is healthy and flourishing. Although he still occasionally battles bladder and kidney infections, Miller is able to participate in playing soccer and swimming. “He’s really come so far to be able to do what he does,” his mother says. “Every day is amazing to me.”

This story was covered on Fox 5 News. If you missed it, watch the segment here!

Dr. Kirsch with patient who had Prune Belly, aired on Fox 5 News.

Georgia Urology brings robotic surgical procedures to Braselton

Drs. Brent Sharpe and Froylan Gonzalez perform cancer surgeries for first time in area

Dr. Brent Sharpe and Dr. Froylan Gonzalez after performing robotic procedures.

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, is known for providing innovative procedures to metro Atlanta. Drs. Brent Sharpe and Froylan Gonzalez recently widened that scope by debuting two new minimally-invasive robotic procedures at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton.

On June 27, the physicians combined their expertise to perform a nephrectomy and an adrenalectomy on one patient, and a prostatectomy on another. This marked the first time bilateral cancer operations were performed through the same minimally-invasive, robotic incisions. The second case was a simple robotic prostatectomy for an enlarged prostate, which traditionally is done through a large open incision.

Dr. Sharpe used the XI DaVinci System, the latest in advanced robotic surgical equipment, to perform the surgeries. During each procedure, the surgeon operates joystick-like controllers. The surgeon’s movements are transferred in real-time to the robotic device, which is positioned over the patient and has the actual surgical instruments attached.

“We use the robotic system to do minimally-invasive surgery with what have traditionally been maximally-invasive procedures,” said Sharpe, who has performed more than 700 robotic surgeries. “By using the robotic system we are able to drastically reduce surgical complications and patient recovery time. In these two patients, recovery time will be reduced six-to-12 weeks.”

The nephrectomy and adrenalectomy procedures are unique in and of themselves, and serve as a tangible example of Georgia Urology being on the forefront of technology. The doctors expect this robot-assisted surgery to have been curative. They first removed the cancerous right kidney, and then repositioned the patient and robot to remove the left adrenal gland where the cancer had spread. It’s unusual for this type of surgery to be performed on opposite sides of the same patient in one sitting. The fact that there is new, cutting-edge robotic equipment at this hospital allows for easier repositioning and cuts down on surgical time.

Georgia Urology physicians offer a volume of these procedures that other health care systems in North Georgia do not. A total of 10 Georgia Urology physicians are highly experienced robotic surgeons. Collectively, these doctors have performed more than 5,000 robotic surgeries.

“I feel privileged to help bring these procedures to the Braselton area and to offer personalized care for patients,” said Dr. Sharpe. “Our goal is to meet patients where they are and to offer them and our community hope.”

 

Nineteen Georgia Urology physicians receive Top Doctors honors in Atlanta

Drs. Allen, Banks, Capelouto, Carmen, Chen, Falconer, Futral, Goldstone,Haber, Kaplan, Kassabian, Kirsch, Levinson, Scherz, Shessel, Smith, and Zisholtz appear in Atlanta magazine’s July issue

Nineteen physicians from Georgia Urology­–the largest urology practice in the Southeast­–rank among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors. Seventeen of these professionals are recognized as Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s urology category and all of the physicians in the pediatric urology category come from this one practice.

Those physicians are: Drs. Roosevelt Allen, David Banks, Carl Capelouto, Darrell Carmen, Bert Chen, Walter Falconer, Allen Futral, Lawrence Goldstone, Mark Haber, Charles Kaplan, Vahan Kassabian, Andrew Kirsch, A. Keith Levinson, Hal Scherz, Fred Shessel, Edwin Smith, and Barry Zisholtz. These doctors represent nearly 40 percent of Georgia Urology’s practice.

In addition to Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors honors, Castle Connolly recognizes Drs. Jeffrey Proctor and Joel Rosenfeld of Georgia Urology as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

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 781 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. Haber, Georgia Urology’s managing partner, the significance of the honor provides both confirmation and motivation.

“At Georgia Urology, we always set our sights on forging a reputation as a top-tier practice in the region,” Dr. Haber said. “The fact so many of our physicians are on this list really speaks to that. At the same time, it’s incredibly inspirational to receive this type of recognition. It only fuels our passion to take patient care to the next level.”

Dr. Roosevelt Allen Jr. practices out of Georgia Urology’s Lawrenceville, Monroe, and Snellville offices. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with honors. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical school honor society. Dr. Allen performed his general surgery internship and residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. David M. Banks practices out of Georgia Urology’s Cumming and Roswell offices. Dr. Banks is fully trained in the most up-to-date urologic treatments such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and ureteroscopy for treatment of kidney stones. He earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine from Emory University. His post-graduate medical education included two years of training in general surgery followed by four years of specialty training in urologic surgery. Dr. Banks is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Carl C. Capelouto practices out of Georgia Urology’s Canton and Woodstock offices. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, low testosterone, vasectomy, voiding difficulties, urinary leakage, overactive bladder, and vaginal prolapse. A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Capelouto completed his residency at the Harvard Urology Residency Program and his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Southeastern Urological Association, and Atlanta Urological Association. Atlanta magazine has named him a Top Doctor for six consecutive years.

Dr. Darrell J. Carmen practices out of Georgia Urology’s Camp Creek and Riverdale offices. With specialized training in robotic surgery and InterStim therapy, Dr. Carmen has urologic expertise in prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, penile implant surgery, urinary incontinence, and kidney stones. He graduated from Southern University before graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Loyola University and his residency at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He is a member of the American Urological Association, National Medical Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Bert Chen is a partner of Georgia Urology and practices out of the Conyers office. In addition to general urology, Dr. Chen’s areas of expertise include laparoscopic and robotic surgery, stone disease, urinary incontinence, and urologic oncology. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He earned his medical degree at Medical College of Georgia where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical school honor society. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chen is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Walter Z. Falconer is a partner of Georgia Urology and practices out of the Midtown, Decatur, and Hillandale offices. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction, stone disease, urinary incontinence, and prostate cancer. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Falconer completed his general surgery and urology residency at Emory University and affiliated hospitals. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves on several hospital committees and served as the chief of surgery at Dekalb Medical Center at Hillandale and the chief of urology at Dekalb Medical Center. Dr. Falconer is a member of the American Urological Association, National Medical Association, Georgia State Medical Association, Atlanta Medical Association, and the Atlanta Urological Society.

 Dr. Allen Futral, III practices out of Georgia Urology’s Conyers office. Dr. Futral’s areas of expertise include all areas of urology with a special emphasis in erectile dysfunction, female incontinence, prostate cancer, and interstitial cystitis. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Futral completed his residency in urology at Emory University School of Medicine where he was awarded the Grady Service Award and the William Hollis Cooner Award for compassion and clinical ability. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. Dr. Futral is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association.

Dr. Lawrence M. Goldstone practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include male infertility, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and prostate cancer. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his general surgery training at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center and served his residency in urology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also was a fellow in urologic oncology. He is a member of the American Board of Urology, the American Urological Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Fertility Society, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and the American Society of Andrology. Dr. Goldstone also is a board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Dr. Mark A. Haber practices out of Georgia Urology’s Cumming and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include female urology, endourology, urologic oncology, and robotic surgery. He received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine there, along with a residency in general surgery. He also completed a residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association. He has been the managing partner at Georgia Urology since 2000.

Dr. Charles Kaplan practices out of Georgia Urology’s Austell, Douglasville, and Woodstock offices. In addition to general urology, Dr. Kaplan’s areas of expertise are male and female incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and prostate cancer. He has a special interest in prosthetic urology and is Georgia’s leader in the surgical correction of erectile dysfunction. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then completed his general surgery internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Kaplan completed his residency in urology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award as a resident. Dr. Kaplan is board certified in urology and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Vahan Kassabian is the Medical Director of Georgia Urology and practices out of the Glenridge and Roswell offices. He graduated from the University of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec in 1985 after brief clerkships at McGill University and the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He completed his urologic residency at the University of Montreal in 1990. In 1991, he completed additional training as a research fellow in urologic oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Kassabian has vast experience in clinical research, especially in prostate cancer. His surgical expertise is in complex oncological cases, advanced prostate cancer, MRI fusion and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. He is a member of the American Urologic Association, the Canadian Urological Association, LUGPA, and the Society of Urologic Oncology. He also serves as Contributing Editor for “Reviews in Urology” and is a reviewer for “Urology Practice.”

Dr. Andrew J. Kirsch practices out of Georgia Urology’s Glenridge pediatrics office. His areas of expertise include pediatric urology. He has written about vesicoureteral reflux, cryptorchidism, and magnetic resonance urography. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center, where he received two research fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was an American Foundation for Urologic Disease scholar. He has invented a surgical device and developed an endoscopic technique to correct urinary reflux in children that has become the standard of care worldwide. He is a member of the American Urological Association, American Association of Pediatric Urologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society for Pediatric Urology. Dr. Kirsch is a multiple recipient of America’s Top Doctors honors by Castle Connolly.

Dr. A. Keith Levinson practices out of Georgia Urology’s Decatur office. His areas of expertise include urologic oncology, female urology, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, and no-needle-no-scalpel vasectomy. A graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he completed a surgical internship at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Penn. and a urology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y. In addition, he completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Jeffrey G. Proctor practices out of Georgia Urology’s Acworth and Cartersville offices. He graduated from New York Medical College, where he received the Sprague Carlton, M.D. Award for Proficiency in Urology. He completed both his internship and residency at New York Medical College. Dr. Proctor served as Lieutenant Commander in the Navy at the Naval Hospital Pensacola, where he served as Chief of Urology. Dr. Proctor’s areas of urologic expertise are interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, bladder Botox, and InterStim Therapy. Dr. Proctor has been involved in national research protocols for interstitial cystitis (IC), serving as principal investigator for a national, multi-center study. Dr. Proctor is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of American Urological Association, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Society for Infection and Inflammation in Urology, GAG Society, and Physician National Advisory Board for Elmiron.

Dr. Joel A. Rosenfeld practices out of Georgia Urology’s Jasper and Canton locations. Dr. Rosenfeld’s areas of urologic expertise are robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery,and urinary tract reconstruction procedures.  He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. He then completed both an internship and his residency at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. He also completed postgraduate work in laser surgery, robotic surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Rosenfeld is a member of the Southeast Section of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Hal C. Scherz practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta, Marietta, and Glenridge pediatrics offices. He is a pediatric urologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He performed his surgical and urology residencies at the University of California, San Diego. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics – Urology Section, the American Urological Association, Genitourinary Reconstructive Society, UROPAC, American Association of Clinical Urologists, American College of Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Pediatric Society. Dr. Scherz also is an associate professor of urology at Emory University School of Medicine and is an original member of the board of directors for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is the managing partner of Georgia Pediatric Urology and former president of Georgia Urology. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Atlanta magazine every year since 2007.

Dr. Fred S. Shessel practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include urinary incontinence, InterStim therapy, prostate disease, stone disease, and interstitial cystitis. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his internship at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Shessel completed a fellowship in female urology and urodynamics at the Institute of Urology, London England. He also performed a residency at the University of Miami Hospital. Dr. Shessel is a member of the American Urological Association and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Edwin A. Smith practices out of Georgia Urology’s Glenridge pediatrics and Marietta offices. He has a special interest and broad experience in the management of pediatric urinary stone disease and genitourinary reconstructive surgery. A graduate of Davidson College, he received his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. His general surgery internship and urology residency were completed at Emory University affiliated hospitals. Dr. Smith completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship in pediatric urology at Egleston Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of several professional medical associations, including the American Urological Association, Society for Pediatric Urology, and the Society for Fetal Urology. Dr. Smith is a clinical faculty member at Emory University. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters.

Dr. Barry M. Zisholtz practices out of Georgia Urology’s Riverdale office. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, prostate cancer, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He was awarded a summer fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. He performed his urology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y. and completed a surgical internship there, as well. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He also is a member of the Atlanta Urological Society and the American Urological Association.

Georgia Urology is the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Georgia Urology has 30 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, robotic surgery, 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 inform and partner with patients to develop a personalized, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment plan for all of their urological conditions.